Deployed U.S. CENTCOM personnel reap benefits of CFC
by Army Sgt. 1st Class Douglas Mallary
Charity begins at home and sometimes ends up there too. Already serving their country overseas, U.S. Central Command deployed personnel dug into their pockets and contributed to the 2003 Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas. A portion of their donations has now been redirected back to them and their families.
Renee S. Acosta, president and CEO of Global Impact, presented a check for $35,869.38 to CENTCOM Family Support and Youth Programs during a Sept. 24 ceremony at the command's headquarters here at MacDill. Maj. Gen. John G. Castellaw, CENTCOM chief of staff, received the check on behalf of the deployed personnel.
"Units will use these funds to buy the things they need to enhance the quality of life for deployed personnel and their families," said Linda Brown, Education and Family Programs chief, who also attended the presentation. She added that such purchases could include items like video-telephone conference equipment and letter-writing kits.
Ms. Acosta arrived from Washington, D.C. to present the check. Global Impact is a non-profit organization which raises funds for humanitarian programs. Global Impact has managed CFC-O under contract by the Department of Defense since 1996. Besides CENTCOM, CFC-O includes European, Pacific, and Southern commands. Global Impact increased CFC-O's revenues by 26 percent in 2003.
Ms. Acosta, a Wisconsin native raised in Sacramento, Calif., has been president and CEO of Global Impact for 12 years. At the ceremony, she praised CENTCOM's deployed personnel for their "outstanding support" of CFC-O. Acosta added that she expects 2004 contributions to meet or exceed the 2003 mark ($14.1 million).
During an office call after the ceremony, General Castellaw and Command Chief Master Sgt. Curtis L. Brownhill both pledged leadership support for the 2004 CFC drive.
Army Col. David Hall, Manpower and Personnel deputy director, and Richard Hamilton, Personnel Policy and Programs chief, also attended the check presentation.
CFC and CFC-O are annual programs in which military members and civilian employees can select registered charities and make a payroll-deducted series or one-time donation. Both campaigns are currently under way.