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Defense council honors three CUs
SAN FRANCISCO (9/3/09)--Three defense credit unions were recognized
Click to view larger image On hand at the Defense Credit Union Council presentation of the Army credit union of the year award to Fort Sill FCU were, from left: Cpt. Marocco Roberts, Army liaison; Robert Hopper, Fort Sill FCU chairman; Col. Marlene Fey, commander of USAFINCOM; Denise Floyd, Fort Sill FCU president/CEO; and Dennis Potter, Fort Sill FCU liaison officer.
with Distinguished Service Awards by their branches of the armed services during the Defense Credit Union Council's 46th Annual Conference Aug. 17. The Defense Credit Union of the Year awards and their recipients were:
* Army Award: Fort Sill FCU, Fort Sill, Okla.; * Navy/Marine Corps Award: Navy FCU Souda Bay Branch, Crete, Greece; and * Air Force Award: Andrews FCU, Andrews AFB, Md.
Click to view larger image The Defense Credit Union Council presented its Air Force credit union of the year award to Andrews FCU. Pictured are, from left: Audrey Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force-FO; Chris McDonald, president/CEO of Andrews FCU; and Henry Bowman, Andrews FCU.
Fort Sill was acknowledged for its outreach efforts in the military and civilian community and its encouragement of financial literacy, specifically among Fort Sill's junior enlisted soldiers and their families. The credit union offers programs such as the In-Balance Check Book Revitalization and the Break-Out Loan, semi-annual training to units on use and potential problems with credit cards and the ATM card, and one-on-one counseling on family finances and budgeting. Navy FCU Souda
Click to view larger image At the Defense Credit Union Council's presentation of the Navy/Marines credit union of the year award to Navy FCU Souda Bay Branch, Greece, were, from left: Capt. James Reich, acting deputy assistant secretary of the Navy-FO; Jean Jeffries, branch manager at Navy Souda Bay; Lt. Johnny Quesada, Souda Bay CU liaison officer; and Lee Gounds, executive vice president, branch operations. (Photos provided by the Defense Credit Union Council)
Bay Branch was recognized for service despite being the only U.S. financial institution in Greece and for overcoming the difficulties of a remote location. Its service included "strong community outreach and exceptional teamwork." Members of the team were also noted for their participation with a welcoming committee, offering on-the-spot financial assistance for personnel on visiting ships that could not enter the branch, and for volunteering to remain open after normal branch hours to meet sailors' needs. Andrews FCU was cited for: its support of Andrews Air Force Base; its extensive financial education through regular briefings, educational seminars and participation in Airmen and Family Readiness Center workshops; its support of the Military Saves campaign through seminars and special savings accounts for new savers; its efforts against payday lending by providing alternative loans and education and participating in town hall meetings in the community.


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