Chaplains help raise a cool quarter-mil for Japan


Chaplain Lt. Col. Michael Husfelt of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., helped this family which evacuated Japan. The chaplain corps helped raise big bucks for Japan relief. (Air Force photo)

The Air Force responded in a big way when an earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan in March. The service sent cargo jets full of relief supplies, provided use of its radiation-sniffing aircraft and provided footage of the disaster scene from an RQ-4 Global Hawk.

The chaplains also passed the hat to raise money for earthquake victims and came up with more than $250,000, according to a news release. The money went to emergency-aid organizations like the American Red Cross, Catholic Relief Services and Samaritan’s Purse.

“The generosity of airmen and their families has been and is a constant reminder that we do not live in isolation,” Maj. Gen. Cecil Richardson, the Air Force Chief of Chaplains. “It is because of this realization in one’s life that we see the responsiveness of Airmen and their families to the needs of others.”


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