AFCENT prepares for Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas 2015 kick off

  • Published
  • By Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes
  • 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas began its key personnel training here after presenting two checks of undesignated funds from 2014 to 379th Air Expeditionary Wing and Air Force Central Command leadership August 24, 2015.


In 2014, U.S. Central Command was able to raise more $1.2 million in contributions. This is accomplished with volunteer community area project officers, unit coordinators and key personnel throughout Air Force Central Command, the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing and tenant units. Each position has a specific task to ensure 100 % contact to give members the opportunity to donate freely.


“Because the large size of the base, we’ve added new positions here at Al Udeid to better utilize the positions," said Capt. Richard Hart, Al Udeid Air Base CFC community project officer. “I was able to work with Mr. Chidley Lafontant, from Ramstein Air Base, Germany to create the new group level coordinator position. This will help streamline the process and reach more members down to individual flights.”


More than 50 volunteers were in attendance as CFC-O manager Chidley Lafontant conducted initial key persons training.  These members will help inform group and unit level members for this year’s CFC-O theme of ‘Give because you care’. To some, this is just another charity to donate; for others, it truly hits home and helps inspire others to give because they care.


Lt. Gen. C.Q. Brown Jr., U.S. Air Forces Central Command commander spoke to the volunteers about the importance of their goals and dedication prior to the beginning of the training.


“We have a couple of months in the campaign and we will have some goals,” said Brown. “The real goal is 100 percent contact with personnel, not how much we raise, but to give everyone the opportunity to donate.”


Members will be able to choose the amount and which charity their contributions will go to. If a member does not wish to donate to a specific fund, another option is to donate undesignated funds which is returned to the installation for morale and welfare funding.  


To help raise awareness, several events will be held here beginning September 24th, and a charity drive will take place October 23rd through 25th.


CFC-O will be conducted from September 21st to November 21st and unit coordinators will make 100 percent contacts to inform members about this year’s pledge forms and charities.


For more information on CFC-O, visit and