Check the Attributes panel.
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You're looking to create a compound shape.
Select both the letter and it's counter and depending on their stacking order, use either Minus front or Minus back on the pathfinder panel.
Thanks, that worked. I remain "buffaloed" about how that information is to be found in the Adobe Help documentation. The older versions were a lot simpler. It probably means that I am getting too old to keep up with all the bloated features; not important as we are now retired graphic designers and only occasionally use Illustrator for fun or volunteer work. It still bugs me when I can't figure out how to do something that I used to do all the time in the previous (before the CSx versions) Illustrator apps.
Well, as long as your counter is in front of the rest of your letter-object, right clicking should let you "create compound path" which will also get you where you're going.