As you have all seen on the news, the tornado in OK has devastated the region and many of our Airman are in need. Across Team Tinker 140 families had their homes destroyed with an additional 196 damaged to the point of being displaced. These numbers may continue to rise as information comes in. Tinker has activated an Emergency Family Evacuation Center to support military and civilian Airmen, as well as their families. In addition they are preparing to stage for FEMA support. Tinker First Sergeants are determining the aid requirements for Airmen who lost houses and are ready to support as required once each family is identified and informs leadership of their immediate needs. Tinker spouses are heavily engaged, too. AAFES is providing each affected Airman with a new set of ABUs/boots/etc.
The Air Warrior Courage Foundation (AWCF) with the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association (River Rats) of the Heartland are attempting to assist as many people as possible. We are working with Tinker leadership to ensure individuals are identified and funds are provided to them ASAP. The AWCF has allocated $100K for disaster relief to those affected. The AWCF policy is to help all Active, Reserve, Guard and retired military members. To be able to provide additional support to those that have suffered damage by the tornado, the AWCF has started to accept donations.
Donations are tax deductible. 100% of proceeds will go towards (Active, Guard, Reserve, and retirees) tornado victims. To donate, please see the below information:
Donations can be made in two ways.
1. Send a check to the AWCF, P.O. Box 877, Silver Spring, MD 20918. In a note or on the check say "For Tornado Disaster Relief"
2. Using a credit card. Go to our home page at www.airwarriorcourage.org .
a. On the Home page is a DONATE button. Click it and it will take you to a page with a GIVE DIRECT button. Click it and fill in the blanks. In the COMMENTS block put in "For Tornado Disaster Relief".
Please share this with others that may be interested in providing support to our AF Family.
Thank you for all of your help and support! Tinker leadership greatly appreciates the concern and support they've received and recognize this will be a long struggle and are prepared to see it through.
David Brog, Colonel (Ret) USAF
Executive Director, AWCF