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Fort Drum officials kick off Combined Federal Campaign

Col. Noel T. Nicolle, Fort Drum garrison commander, speaks at the Combined Federal Campaign kick-off Monday at the Commons. Photo by Jason B. Cutshaw.
Col. Noel T. Nicolle, Fort Drum garrison commander, speaks at the Combined Federal Campaign kick-off Monday at the Commons. Photo by Jason B. Cutshaw.

Jason B. Cutshaw

Staff Writer

Over the next six weeks, Fort Drum Soldiers and civilian employees can make a difference that lasts the whole year.

Through the Combined Federal Campaign, all federal employees have an opportunity to improve the quality of life for others. Last year, Fort Drum contributed more than $211,000. This year’s goal for the installation is set at $225,000.

The 2010 campaign began Monday and will end Oct. 31.

“The importance of CFC is to have a central combined campaign to allow our Soldiers and civilians to one, be educated about the different programs that are out there to support them, and then two, to allow them the opportunity to contribute to those organizations as they choose to,” said Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. John F. McNeirney. “And there are a lot of those organizations out there that give back, and they give our Soldiers, civilians and Family Members an opportunity to give back to the community.

“We want the word to get out to our unit key leaders on how to notify and educate our Soldiers, Families and civilians about the importance of the Combined Federal Campaign,” he added.

CFC, which has its roots in the 1960s, allows employees to donate to organizations of their choice and make contributions, either with cash or through payroll deductions, to hundreds of worthy causes.

“Combined Federal Campaign is a one-stop shop for charitable contributions,” said Kent Thompson, Fort Drum Financial Readiness Program manager. “With CFC, people can find a charity they would like to give to and make their donations. It has really simplified the process.”

It is the only authorized solicitation of employees in the federal workplace. Donations are entirely voluntary, and no Soldier, civilian or contractor can be forced to give.

“CFC is important because there are many agencies for people to donate to and also it allows people to give back,” said Master Sgt. Joseph Dippel, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 10th Mountain Division (LI). “No one is forced to give, but this is an opportunity for a service member back to a multitude of organizations.”

No donations can be accepted after Oct. 31. For more information, contact Dippel at 778-2015 or

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