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Senior Air Force service women lead fundraiser to send military youth to camp

Senior Air Force service women lead fundraiser to send military youth to camp

While participating in a training exercise, senior officers of the Army, Navy, and Air Force were tasked with a new challenge – to raise money for a charity of their choosing.

Major Jennifer Campbell and family

In November 2020, senior military officers from the Army, Navy, and Air Force enrolled in the Joint Command and Staff Program (JCSP) were tasked with a new challenge – to raise money for a charity of their choosing. The winning team would be allowed to wear casual dress their first week of classes as opposed to the regular uniform.

Major Jennifer Campbell and Major Kristen Simpson, representing Team Air Force, rallied their teammates to raise funds for the National Summer Camps Program.

Jennifer-Campbell.jpg“I feel very strongly about the value of camp in the life of a child. I fondly remember my own years at camp, and my own kids also love going to camp,” says Major Campbell.

The National Summer Camps Program provides donor-funded grants for children from military families to attend weeklong summer camps.

Major Campbell speaks to the specific benefits of the program for military children: “Attending camp with other military kids who have experienced deployments and moves and with counselors who also understand those challenges is a really special experience we want other military kids to have who might not otherwise be able to afford it."


Major Kristen Simpson and family

The JCSP’s fundraising challenge stresses the importance of military leadership supporting one’s community.

“As serving members and military spouses, as well as being senior leaders supervising and supporting a large number of CAF members,” says Major Simpson, “We understand how important services provided by Support Our Troops are to our community’s quality of life and family well-being. These programs make difficult transitions less disruptive and help with other hardships our serving members are facing.”

Click here to learn more about the National Summer Camps Program.

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