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Air Force Sergeants Association auxiliary chapter visits 128 ARW

Tech Sgt Courtney Rodgers, a 128 ARW intelligence analyst, receives information about the Air Force Sergeants Association from Jean Kolwitz, a senior advisor for Auxiliary Chapter 851 of AFSA, on Saturday, March 6, 2010.  Members of Auxiliary Chapter 851 were at Sijan Hall to raise funds for their programs involving the shipment of care packages to Airmen deployed or stationed overseas.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt Nathan Wallin/released)

MILWAUKEE -- Tech Sgt Courtney Rodgers, a 128 ARW intelligence analyst, receives information about the Air Force Sergeants Association from Jean Kolwitz, a senior advisor for Auxiliary Chapter 851 of AFSA, on Saturday, March 6, 2010. Members of Auxiliary Chapter 851 were at Sijan Hall to raise funds for their programs involving the shipment of care packages to Airmen deployed or stationed overseas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt Nathan Wallin/released)

MILWAUKEE -- There was something different about Sijan Hall this drill weekend, and it didn't involve the food.

Home-made snacks, along with various items involved in a silent auction, were arranged on several tables throughout the central corridor of the dining facility.

Members of auxiliary chapter 851 of the Air Force Sergeants Association were on base to show their support for the men and women in uniform on Saturday, March 6, 2010.

The AFSA auxiliary chapter raised funds to support Airmen deployed throughout the world or permanently stationed overseas, said Sue Metzger, the president of AFSA auxiliary chapter 851.

Metzger said the AFSA auxiliary chapter supports Airmen and their families throughout the world by sending various care packages and by collecting coupons for use in commissaries overseas.

"Our primary goal is to support the military," Metzger said. "If this is one small thing to make their lives easier, we will do that."

Master Sgt. Dalelynn Lombardo, the 128 ARW communications flight plans and resources manager, and a trustee for the AFSA chapter 851 organization, said the primary mission of the Air Force Sergeants Association was to promote recognition of Airmen throughout the Air Force.

The auxiliary chapter of AFSA provides direct morale and quality of life support to the Airmen deployed overseas and their families, Lombardo said.

AFSA chapter 851 is involved with all organizations on base, Lombardo said. She added that, in the past year, the chapter was involved with the Milwaukee Air and Water Show and the on-base Christmas party.

Metzger said the auxiliary chapter usually comes on base once per year to raise funds, primarily for the postage costs of sending care packages overseas.

"Sometimes we get a letter back from [the Airmen overseas,] Metzger said. "It's all worth it when we hear that."