Offutt Airman earns Hero Award for CFC involvement

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  • By Kendra Williams
  • 55th Wing Public Affairs

An aircraft maintenance officer assigned to the 83rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit here, earned the Combined Federal Campaign’s national level Hero Award for his impact to the CFC program at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, in 2018.

Each year volunteers and campaigns are recognized by the U. S. Office of Personnel Management for their significant efforts to the CFC program. This year, they chose Capt. Scott Yancey, who is now the officer in charge of the 83rd AMU, to receive the national Hero Award which is given to unsung heroes who make substantial differences to the CFC.

 “Without him I don’t feel as if the Offutt campaign would have been as successful as it was,” said Terry Morgan, CFC Heart of the Midlands co-chair and action officer. “Once he got up and running we pretty much turned the campaign over to him and let him handle it. Everything that happened down at Offutt was purely because of Capt. Yancey.”

In his role as the campaign coordinator for the 55th Wing, Yancey’s first step was to hand build three 9½ foot tall thermometer shaped signs to be displayed at each base gate. This was so that each day on their way to work every single Airman was reminded to participate in the CFC and could see current status of the campaign.

 Yancey led and managed a team of twenty unit level coordinators and synchronized efforts to reach the installation's 8,900 active duty, federal civilian, and government-contract workforce. Furthermore, he served as direct liaison to the U.S. Strategic Command campaign coordinator.

In addition to the normal avenue of making 100 percent contact with the members of Team Offutt, two charity fairs were hosted here with 32 local charity representatives. One of the events was held at the Warhawk Community Center and the other at the USSTRATCOM cafeteria.

“Our goal was significantly higher than what we raised last year, but I knew people would be inspired by a really high goal,” Yancey said. 

The installation raised almost $200,000 and the campaign saw increase in participation by almost twofold. Additionally electronic donations climbed to 93 percent reducing the administrative cost of the campaign.

 “(This role) also gave me a real appreciation for the goodness in many of my fellow human beings,” Yancey said. ”I worked with some truly selfless people that make a great example for the rest of us. I also realized that there is so much more to the Air Force than just planes and airpower … we have amazing human capital that works incredibly hard for the betterment of their world,”

The CFC was established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy. It celebrated 58 years of raising money for non-profit civilian organizations this year by enabling military, federal and postal employees to donate to local, national and international charities of their choice.