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Sgt. Maj. Larry J. Harrington raises the Combined Federal Campaign Cup trophy overhead in celebration of his Marines' hard-fought sweep of the CFC Cup tug-of-war competition here today. Harrington's Marine Transport Squadron 1 "Roadrunners" went undefeated during the double-elimination tournament, successfully defending their title as the air station's CFC Cup champions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Grace L. Waladkewics/Released)

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. – This year’s Cherry Point Area Combined Federal Campaign kicked off today … and it was settled by nothing less than war – a tug of war.

The tug of war tournament, officially known as the CFC Cup, launched the 2013 Cherry Point Area Combined Federal Campaign at the Roadhouse. Last year’s champions, Marine Transport Squadron 1, remained victorious after taking on ten teams in the double-elimination tournament.

Prior to the event, VMR-1 leadership challenged all units aboard the air station to meet in the sand pit to test their mettle against his defending champs.

“While most are dreaming of success, VMR-1 wakes up and continues to achieve it,” said Sgt. Maj. Larry J. Harrington. “Keep dreaming while we continue achieving, as we will for this year’s repeat. Joe Namath said, ‘If you’re not gonna go all the way, why go at all?’ VMR-1 will go all the way, again, continuing to take it all. We recommend you stay at home.”

Now that the dust is settled, the real challenge begins for military and government employees to ask themselves if there is a CFC charity they would like to support.

The annual CFC fund drive gives federal employees, including military members, an easy opportunity to make donations to eligible non-profit organizations. The drive includes more than 2,400 national and international federation charities and some 25,000 local charities. Listed charities cover a wide range of needs ranging from those seeking to cure a host of different medical conditions to those benefiting wounded warriors.

“This campaign is the only authorized solicitation, other than the annual Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society fund drive, that helps raise money for charity,” said Bobbie Whitbeck, a CFC coordinator and human resource specialist with the air station’s Civilian Manpower Office.

Over the next three months, personnel aboard the air station will have the opportunity to donate to charities of their choice. While participation is not mandatory, the goal is to make sure everyone has an opportunity to donate.

Each unit has a representative that will inform Marines and Sailors about the CFC, how it works and what charities they are able to contribute to, said Whitbeck. “Each year our goal is to reach out to 100 percent of the personnel on Cherry Point and inform them of the CFC.”

But first, there is the CFC Cup says Wayne Snell, a CFC coordinator and human resource specialist with the Civilian Manpower Office.

“This event is designed to raise awareness that the CFC is upon us,” he said.

Volunteers were on hand during the tournament to explain the CFC fund drive and to collect donations from anyone who wished to donate immediately.

For more information about the CFC, visit

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Date Taken:09.20.2013

Date Posted:09.20.2013 17:02

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