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Sgt. Maj. Ryan W. Meltesen, battalion sergeant major, Combat Logistics Battalion 7, talks with his peers during a breakfast coordinated by members of the Active Duty Fund Drive at the Officer’s Club, March 23, 2015. The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is supported by the ADFD and is a critical source of NMCRS’ revenue. Marines and sailors of the Combat Center can continue to donate until April 17. The money that is donated will be given back to a Marine, sailor or their eligible dependents. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Medina Ayala-Lo/Released)

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Combat Center facilitates fund drive breakfast for NMCRS

23 Mar 2015 | Lance Cpl. Medina Ayala-Lo Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

The ADFD was established to support NMCRS by the Secretary of the Navy and is an entity of the Navy and Marine Corps. NMCRS is a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance, education, and other programs and services to Marines, sailors and their families in times of need.

“What I’m asking for this morning is 100% contact and I think it’s important that it’s quality contact,” said Maj. Gen. Lewis A. Craparotta, Combat Center Commanding General. “We’d like to have people from Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society go down to the units to give the brief and explain to the Marines and sailors exactly what the society does and demonstrate to them how we can rely on it.”

ADFD is a critical source of NMCRS’ revenue. This is the fourth year the drive has been held and it lasts for a four-week period on each base. Marines and sailors of the Combat Center can continue to donate until April 17. The money that is donated will be given back to a Marine, sailor or eligible dependents.

The purpose behind the breakfast was to introduce the ADFD to unit commanders and solicit their support in making sure that the NMCRS is successful in raising the funds needed to sustain the program.

“When your senior leadership is involved, the ability for your active duty forces to understand the purpose of the fund drive is better translated,” said Raymond Caldwell, director, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.

The breakfast was organized and facilitated by ADFD coordinators. They coordinate events such as golf tournaments, car washes and food sales all with the intent of raising money for NMCRS. Units are permitted to raise money through various methods as long as it’s approved by legal and supported by their respective command.

“Events like this bring awareness to the society, how we operate, and the things that we do that are behind doors that people don’t normally see,” Caldwell said. “It shows the importance of the active duty forces supporting us, because when they do, we can continue to support them.”

To donate to the NMCRS, or for more information contact 830-6323 or visit their website at www.nmcrs.org.

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