Capt. Tracy Ariza had to use her math skills during the Army Emergency Relief campaign closing ceremony June 25.

“They were giving me checks while I was up there so I had to keep adding,” she said of the contributions from the Redstone community.

Ariza, the assistant chair for AER, announced that $130,000 in contributions to the annual campaign exceeded the $125,000 goal. AER helps members of the military community when they need emergency financial assistance.

“First thanks to the Redstone Arsenal community for continuing to support the Soldiers,” Ariza said. “And thank you to the chain of commands for allowing the key representatives to support the AER campaign.

“You can contribute year-round (to AER). This just ends the campaign.”

Garrison Commander Col. Kelsey Smith and Command Sgt. Maj. Billy Counts joined in expressing their appreciation during the event in the Pershing Welcome Center. “You didn’t just meet the goal, you’ve exceeded the goal,” Smith said.

Counts, referring to himself, said, “You’re looking at somebody who has been the recipient of AER.” He thanked the Redstone community on behalf of the Soldiers and the leaders who have been helped by AER and the generation that will be helped.

Kathleen Riester is the AER officer at Army Community Service. “I would just like to give a big thanks to all the tenant organizations that worked so hard with all of their fundraising activities,” she said, “and thank all the key representatives for being here. And even though we closed out the campaign we continue to accept contributions year-round.”

Ariza, the Headquarters & Headquarters Company AMCOM commander, can be reached at the One Stop building 3494, call 842-7090.

Staff Sgt. Jasmine Gibbs, AER key representative for the Army Contracting Command, shared her perspective on the importance of Army Emergency Relief.

“It helps fellow Soldiers and retired service members,” Gibbs said. “It helps them if they get in a bind financially, if they need help with any bills, medical, car repairs, any other kind of emergencies.”

With $42,610 in contributions, the Program Executive Office for Aviation led a list of 17 organizations recognized for the work of their key representatives during the campaign. PEO Aviation was represented by James Bolton and his son, Jeremy, both of the Utility Helicopters Project Office.

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