Federal employees break record in CFC giving
January 20, 2012
HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. - Colonel Kevin Milton, Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield garrison commander, accepted a certificate of appreciation from Coastal Georgia Combined Federal Campaign Chairman Gerry Phelan at the 2011 CFC Awards Breakfast and Celebration, held at the Savannah Civic Center, Jan. 11. This year, Third Infantry Division pledges totaled $582,667; more than $100,000 over its goal of $475,000, according to Amy Riesinger, the campaign director. It was also the first year that campaign pledges topped the 2006 record.
"The Army dug deep," said Phelan, adding that contributions from the Army totaled 73 percent of the total amount pledged from the 17 counties that participate.
Soldiers from Fort Stewart's 87th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade also received special recognition at the breakfast for pledging more than any other 3rd ID battalion.
Fort Stewart's Georgia Army National Guard placed first with 92 percent of its personnel participating in the campaign.
Special recognition was also given to a Hunter unit at the breakfast -- the 117th Air Control Squadron, which ranked fifth in the percentage of pledges from a unit.
"We went from 10 percent annually to 78 percent this year, said commander Lt. Col. Ron Speir, the 117th Air Control Squadron detachment commander with the Georgia Air National Guard.
The Combined Federal Campaign was established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy to allow government employees an opportunity to give to non-profit organizations through their work place.