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Osan wraps up successful CFC

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Team Osan finished its Combined Federal Campaign in December, surpassing it's goal of $300,000 by $49,202.14 -- 16 percent over the base's goal.

"I think this proves just how generous the base personnel are," said Lt. Col. Lourie Moore, 51st Medical Group chief nurse and community project officer for the 51st Fighter Wing. "It also helps that the base is a close knit community."

Out of the 10 weeks the campaign was running, the base broke its goal during the 9th week. Normally the overseas CFC runs for eight weeks, but Gen. B.B. Bell, U.S. Forces Korea commander requested the Korean peninsula continue for an additional two weeks.

"I am very pleased with the results of this campaign," said Brig Gen. Joe Reynes, 51st Fighter Wing commander. "It shows something that we already know -- that the people of this community are generous and like to help out in any way they can."

This year's campaign went better than last year's by around $42,000 even though there were less people assigned to the wing this year, something that Colonel Moore attributes to the hard work of the unit coordinators and key personnel.

"Without the unit coordinators and key personnel, this campaign wouldn't have succeeded," Colonel Moore said. "They were the ones who were out there making contact and giving everyone a chance to contribute."

She said what was impressive was that out of the money collected, almost $14,000 of it will directly affect the base, going to the Family Support Youth Program. This program is responsible for funding many of the youth programs on base in part or in whole. This year's donations are almost 700 percent more than the $2,000 donated last year.

The CFC was established in 1961 and is the largest workplace charity campaign in the country. This drive allows nearly 4 million federal employees and servicemembers to contribute to thousands of local and national nonprofit organizations. Because the goal of the campaign is 100 percent participation, it features a wide variety of recipient organizations.

Anyone who turned in an entry form, even if was a blank one, is eligible to win various prizes. The drawing for these will be in April.