By Lea Johnson
21st Space Wing Public Affairs staff writer
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Despite tough economic times, Airmen and civilians at Peterson Air Force Base gave a record amount to the Combined Federal Campaign this year.
“The 21st Space Wing, including our (52) tenant partners but not including the two major commands, raised a record for the second consecutive year — $326,000,” said Col. Chris Crawford, 21st Space Wing commander.
The wing exceeded its goal this year by more than $11,000.
To kick off the CFC event in October, a five-kilometer fun run/walk and pancake breakfast was held at the fitness center, Crawford said. “We had participation of over 44 tenants at that one event. It was just a great time.”
Dispensing information to such a large audience requires a dedicated team. Ken Friesz, Plans and Program deputy chief, and Elisha Olivas-Stewart, 21st SW protocol office manager, were recognized at the CFC recognition ceremony Jan. 18 as 21st SW Installation Heroes. Heroes are nominated based on an individual’s personal involvement leading to a successful campaign.
Olivas-Stewart was also selected as the regional military installation civilian hero and will go on to be considered for national recognition. Candidates selected as National Heroes attend an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
The Pikes Peak Region has had nine National Heroes since 2003, more than any other campaign region, but none have been from the wing.
The Pikes Peak Region, including the 21st SW and its tenants, Air Force Space Command, North American Aerospace Defense Command/Northern Command, Schriever AFB, the U.S. Air Force Academy, Fort Carson, the U.S. Postal Service, and other federal agencies donated a cumulative $2,611,394 to more than 3,000 regional, national and international charities this year.
2011 commemorated the 50th anniversary of the campaign. In 50 years, more than $7 billion nationally has been donated to charity.
“The CFC is a great program. A program that is designed well, is easy to do, and makes a difference is the easiest to sell,” said Crawford.