One of this year's international Combined Federal Campaign "hero" award winners, 2nd Lt. Kyle Clements, 748th Supply Chain Management Group, was honored in Washington, D.C., in a recent ceremony honoring the various CFC volunteers from around the world for their efforts.
Clements, who was the Intermountain CFC level award winner was selected by a CFC Awards Committee comprised of federal volunteers, and was presented a plaque and a 50th anniversary CFC coin by John Berry, director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management at the ceremony.
Christopher Lu, assistant to the president and cabinet secretary, addressed the group, noting the SClBCombined Federal Campaign's 50 years of work and passing along words of encouragement and White House interest in the charitable efforts.
Clements' efforts in the Hill AFB campaign during the initial fun run were cited by several of his peers. The fun run, organized to raise money for the administrative costs of the recent CFC campaign, attracted roughly 300 runners and made it possible for organizers to give early publicity to the imminent campaign.
Peggy Facer, vice chairwoman for this past year, said that as a unit project officer, Clements led a team of 33 volunteers and made certain that all 850 members of his Air Force global logistics supply group were contacted.
He also personally contacted past donors, who had not received their eagle notifications from previous years, making sure they received their awards and thanking them for their contributions.
"The Fun Run was amazing," said Facer. "We started on the track right in front of the main gym, bright and early on a September morning -- the sun was just barely up and there were about 300 happy, excited runners and walkers ready to go. It was just a really wonderful experience of how everything came together well, and Kyle had a tremendous amount to do with that."
Facer praised his ability to lead a small core of volunteers in that effort and his enthusiasm and willingness as he went about accomplishing his goals.
For his part, Clements noted the support of leadership and just how universal the appeal of CFC is. "It's really the end goal - the charities getting the money that they need to help the people that they serve," he said of the key components in everyone's drive to succed.
He also found the fun run fit well with his own interest in running. Clements said he heard about the idea at the initial Welcome to the CFC meeting for volunteers last summer and was excited about it right away.
He is looking forward to the upcoming campaign, planning to volunteer once again. "I like the whole program because it's so many charities. You're not going to someone trying to push one thing," Clements said. "There are thousands of charities so people can find something that means something to them -- something they want to support."
Facer agreed and said that she is looking forward to this year's campaign and will serve as the Hill AFB campaign chairwoman.