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Mrs. Joanne Chavonne joins AMC Civic Leader Group

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  • By 2nd Lt. Cammie Quinn
  • 43rd Airlift Wing, Public Affairs
Gen. Raymond E. Johns Jr., Commander of Air Mobility Command, selected Mrs. Joanne Chavonne, Fayetteville resident and co-founder of Fayetteville Cares, to serve as Pope's representative on the Air Mobility Command Civic Leader Group, the civilian advisory board for AMC.

The AMC Civic Leader Group gathers regularly to learn about Air Mobility Command's core competencies and capabilities and to exchange ideas about communities across the country and within the command.

Mrs. Chavonne and other members of the AMC Civic Leaders Group meet with General Johns at least twice each year to provide their inputs on the state of their respective base communities. The group consists of more than 20 community leaders from across AMC.
"Mrs. Chavonne will be a wonderful addition to the Civic Leader Group," said Col. James Johnson, 43rd Airlift Wing Commander. "She has been a tremendous supporter of Pope's Airmen and their families for many years. Her proactive leadership in our community is clearly evident by the organization she co-founded, Fayetteville Cares."

Fayetteville Cares is a nonprofit organization started in 2007 by Mrs. Chavonne and others. Last year, the organization hosted a baby shower for 1,000 military moms in the community. In December 2009, they organized Operation Holiday Cheer, sending 10,000 care packages to our deployed Airmen and Soldiers.

The care packages included snacks, homemade cards from people in the community and a raffle ticket to win a Chevrolet Cobalt. More than 600 volunteers organized and packed the boxes.

The goal of Fayetteville Cares is to support military members before, during and after deployment, said Mrs. Chanonne. The organization encompasses the service member and their family. Whatever the need is, Fayetteville Cares tries to fill it or find an organization or business that will do that, she added.

"Pope celebrates her selection to join General Johns' Civic Leader Group and we should all be very proud she was chosen to represent our civilian and military community at Air Mobility Command," said Colonel Johnson.

"She will articulate on-going initiatives and the importance of our community and bring back insights about the Air Mobility business and what other communities around the country are doing to maintain thriving civilian and military relationships," he added.