By Ms. Melony Bagwell (INSCOM)June 28, 2016
FORT BELVOIR, Virginia -- In an effort to meet its goal for this year's Army Emergency Relief (AER) Fund the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command's (INSCOM) AER committee put a plan in action to raise money for a great cause and feed the hungry workforce at INSCOM's headquarters at the Nolan Building, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, March 1, through May 31.
The INSCOM team raised more than $14,000, doubling last year's total.
Volunteers from all staffs participated in 11 fund raisers where food was available for a non-specified donation. In addition to raising money for this very worthy cause, the cookouts and food events were welcome by the INSCOM team because the Nolan Building cafeteria is currently under renovation.
"It's very uplifting seeing the workforce come together to raise money for such a worthy cause," said Capt. Geoffrey Terman, INSCOM Headquarters and Headquarters Company commander. "I would be remiss if I did not tout the efforts of the keyworkers for their enthusiasm and hard work during the entirety of the campaign."
The lead keyworker, Master Sgt. Orlando Torres, INSCOM comprehensive Soldier and family fitness program manager and suicide prevention program manager, headed a team of 12 volunteers.
"The support that INSCOM leadership, personnel, keyworkers and contractors who just wanted to donate amazing side dishes and desserts during many of our events proved that we are not just professionals but truly caring individuals and a family," Torres said. "All these events were done for a great cause and I feel it was a huge success."
Events during the campaign included a pie in the face contest, head shaving auction, master dessert maker contest and a Cinco de Mayo celebration.
One of the most successful events was the master dessert maker contest where more than 23 desserts were auctioned off, raising more than $400 for the campaign.
Gayna Malcolm-Packnett, an INSCOM contract specialist, was crowned the Master Dessert Maker with her pound cake.
Since 1942, the AER has been helping support Soldiers and their families. The money provided through AER loans is donated by Soldiers, civilians, widows and widowers, retirees and family members. While active duty and retired Soldiers are the only groups actively solicited during the fund raising campaign, anyone can donate to the program throughout the year.
No matter what assistance is offered, the goal is the same, to help Soldiers through a valid financial emergency and allow them to pay back the loan through allotments from their pay. In addition, AER offices provide educational classes designed to help Soldiers budget, get out of debt, save
money and tackle a wide range of financial concerns.
INSCOM's leadership staff looks forward to surpassing its AER goal in the coming years through creative ideas including annual master desert maker contests.
"Army Emergency Relief is all about Soldiers taking care of Soldiers," said Col. James Lee, INSCOM deputy commanding officer. "I am proud of our team for the tremendous support they provided this year and I am sure it will be a successful program for years to come."