The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command is kicking off the 2012 Army Emergency Relief fundraising campaign with an autographed football auction.

Presenting the footballs are (back row, from the left): Lt. Col. Gregory Ash, deputy chief of staff, G-1, with a University of Alabama football; KC Bertling, SMDC AER financial chair; Kerrie Branson, garrison Army Community Service AER manager; Col. James Jenkins III, SMDC chief of staff, with a University of Alabama football; Capt. Alyssa Wood, IMCOM garrison AER chairwoman, Louisiana State University football; (front row, from the left): Sgt. Nelson Villanueva, SMDC Headquarters and Headquarters Company administrative clerk, with an Auburn University football; Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Griffin, SMDC G1 noncommissioned officer in charge, with a University of Mississippi football; and Sgt. Najeet Ramlakhan, SMDC enlisted aide and commanding general's driver, with a University of Georgia football.

The auction begins March 5 and final bids will be accepted until 3:10 p.m., March 15. Bids begin at $50 and must increase in $5 increments. E-mail bids to Reserve bids will be accepted. This is when a bidder submits the maximum dollar amount he is willing to pay, and the auctioneer will bid in $5 increment for that bidder until the max is reached.