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KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — Kadena airmen donated $168,600 to the annual Air Force Assistance Fund, the most in the Pacific Air Force, said one of the drive’s coordinators Wednesday.

The next closest base was Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii, which so far has raised about $127,000, said Capt. Kenneth Joseph.

What really pushed Kadena’s effort were donations by some E-3s that ranged from $1,000 to $1,400, Joseph said.

“At first, we thought the donations were a mistake so we asked the airmen,” he said. “We thought they had misplaced a decimal and meant to donate $100 or so.”

The airmen told Joseph they had received help in the past, knew it was a good cause, and wanted to give back, Joseph said.

The Air Force Assistance Fund supports four Air Force charities: the Air Force Aid Society, the General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation, the Air Force Enlisted Village Indigent Widows’ Fund and the Air Force Village Indigent Widows’ Fund.

Air Force families can request assistance from these groups by contacting Kadena’s Family Support Center at DSN 634-3366.

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