Events and Activities 2017

Click on one of the links below to find Military Saves Week activities near your installation. Don't see any near you? Ask your installation/unit, financial institution, favorite nonprofit, or government agency if they are registered for Military Saves Week. If not, ask them to sign up for Military Saves Week 2017! Participating organizations are welcome to submit Military Saves Week events and activities to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for inclusion on this list.

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Air Force

BUCKLEY AFB:

Monday, Feb. 27, 0900, Kick-off Rally & Sign of Proclamation - Airman & Family Readiness Center. 460 SW/CC will sign Proclamation of Savings and say a few words. Pledge sign-up will be available and light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, Feb. 28Workshop & Luncheon. Topic of discussion: New Blended Retirement System (BRS) and how TSP ties in.

Wednesday, March 1, 1100-1300, Workshop & Luncheon: Savings & Investing 101. Lunch provided by Top Three.

Thursday, March 2, 1100-1300, Workshop: Money Personalities - Do you know why you spend money the way you do?

Friday, March 3, 1100-1300, Military Saves Information Fair - BX Food Court. Participants include: A&FRC, ENT Credit Union, USAA Educational Foundation, Military One Source and First Command.

EGLIN AFB

For more information about the following events, contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center 882-9060/61. www.eglinforcesupport.com/afrc

Monday, Feb. 27, 9:00-9:30 am, Kick-off Event. Location: Airman & Family Readiness Center. Light refreshments provided.

Monday, Feb. 27, 1:00-3:00 pm, Marriage & Money

Tuesday, Feb. 28:

10:00-11:30 am, IRS Expert Talks Transition

2:00-3:30 pm, Savings, Credit & Building a Budget

Weds, March 1, 9:00-11:00 am, Thinking Money

Thursday, March 2, 1:00-2:30 pm, Money 101

Friday, March 3, 12:00-1:30 pm, Crack the Code: Blended Retirement System

*Social Media Challenge* - Take a selfie over the "water cooler" at work discussing financial goals with a co-worker and include #EglinMilitarySavesWeek2017 in your post on Facebook or Twitter. Complete the Social Media Challenge and/or take the Savers Pledge for a chance to win this year's grand prize! In addition, we have cash giveaways in each class you attend. Make a Pledge to Save here then bring in or email your Welcome Email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LUKE AFB

Maximizing Your Tax Refund: 14 Feb 1300-1400 – Learn how to be sure you are taking appropriate exemptions to make the most from your refund.  Now that you have your refund, what are smart ways to use it?

Car Buying: 21 Feb, 1300-1400 – Understand the car buying process and avoid getting taken advantage of by the dealers.  Understand how much you can afford and translate that into payments and interest.

Making Your Money Stretch: 27 Feb, 1200-1300 – Come learn about and share creative ways to stretch your money, from getting discounts and freebies to cutting costs.  Learn how to get more out of the money you currently have.  LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED!!

Blended Retirement System (BRS) Q&A: 28 Feb, 1200-1300, Find out the basics of this new retirement system that is rolling out and ask any questions you have at this time.  Bring your sack lunch.

Matri-Money: 1 Mar, 1200-1300, Bring your spouse for a lunch date, on us, and learn some tips and tricks to talk money and plan for the future together.  LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED!!

Saving and Investing Presented by Thomas D. Manganello, Senior Counsel, Office of Investor Education & Advocacy, United States Securities & Exchange Commission:
2 Mar, 0900-1000, For more information on this exciting presentation, see separate flyer.

Home Buying: 2 Mar, 1330-1530, Gain better understanding of the home buying process and VA Loans.

Traveling on A Dime: 3 Mar, 1200-1300, Learn about all the tips and tricks to travel on the cheap.  This will be a great way to plan for Spring and Summer Break travel and fun.  LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED!!

Culmination Event: Start Small. Think Big. Military Saves Financial Expo: 4 Mar, 0900-1300.  Event held at the Wigwam Resort (300 East Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, AZ)  This is a FREE event presented by Fighter Country Foundation. Morning will include vendor fair, breakout sessions, free lunch, and amazing door prizes!  Register at www.fightercountry.org/militarysaves

PETERSON AFB, CO:

Military Youth Saves Day Not sure how to talk to your kids about money? To help you get started, we are bringing financial literacy to your children. This program is designed to encourage kids and teens to develop good savings habits at a young age, and get the financial conversations started. You have the power to turn your kids into savers! Monday, 27 Feb 0900-1100 (CDC) and 1600-1700 (Youth Center). 

FUNancial Fair Finances, Food & Fun! And it’s all FREE! That’s what this “kickoff” event for Military Saves Week (#MSW2017) is all about. It is an opportunity for all those affiliated with the military: servicemembers, civilians, contractors and their families to learn more about resources, visit with financial vendors, get more information on upcoming workshops, and learn about financial readiness in a fun way. Join us as our Wing Commander reads the #MSW2017 proclamation and shares a few words of wisdom. Tue, 28 Feb, 1100-1400, at The Club Ballroom. 

Preparing for Aging Parents Caring for aging parents is more complicated than in past generations. Medicine is helping us to live longer but in greater states of debility as we age. So, how do you help mom and dad who want to stay in their own home but it’s obvious they are not taking good care of themselves, what are your options? Who will pay for the help when Mom and Dad have limited assets and they want to pass those assets on to their children and grandchildren? What can be done legally to help mom and dad with their finances? How do you deal with the guilt of balancing your work demands with time commitments of getting mom and dad to appointments and other errands for them? This presentation will answer all those questions and more. We will talk about Medical, legal, housing and financial questions most common to caring for older parents. Wed, 1 Mar, 0900-1030, at A&FRC. RSVP Required.

Commissary Savings/Healthy Foods Tour When it comes to saving money, the Commissary can play a crucial role in helping you stretch every dollar you spend on groceries, and stick to a budget. Come check us out for a tour that is sure to enlighten you. From Produce to Meat, and then onto semi-perishable groceries you'll gain a healthy understanding of Commissary goods and the savings you have earned; Your Commissary - It's Worth the Trip! Wed, 1 Mar, 1000-1100, at Commissary. RSVP Required.

Do’s & Don’t of Car Buying Buying a car is the second largest purchase most people will make in their lifetime. It can be frustrating and complex, and can waste time, cause unnecessary stress, and cost more than it needs to. We want to educate consumers, whether it is their first car or tenth, on what to do and what not to do. Take the guesswork out of car buying. Whether it’s finding the right car for you, estimating what you can afford, cost of insurance, or finding the best deal, we’ve got you covered with practical advice and tips. Join us to brush up on these car buying dos and don’ts so you don’t end up with buyer’s remorse. Wed, 1 Mar, 1730-1800, at Cyber Café.

Investing 101 “Saving” and “investing” might sound like the same thing, but they’re not. It’s important to know the difference between these two terms so you can plan for them correctly. In this course, we will cover key terms and then talk about the difference between saving and investing money, different types of savings accounts, the basics of investing, and various investment options such as 401(k), IRA, and Thrift Savings Plan. This class highlights why you use different products to meet life goals, and gives you a list of helpful resources. Thu, 2 Mar 0900-1000, at A&FRC. RSVP Required.

Blended Retirement System (BRS) Got questions about the new Blended Retirement System? We’ve got the info you need! On Jan. 1, 2018 the Department of Defense is moving to a new retirement system. Now is the time to take a closer look at what retirement option is best for you. Learn what you need to know by attending the Blended Retirement System (BRS) class during Military Saves Week and get the facts you need to make an educated decision. Retirement may seem so far away that it’s not even on your radar. But if you’re eligible for the new Blended Retirement System launching next year, now is the time to zero in on your retirement planning. Smart decisions today make for bright financial futures. Fri, 3 Mar 0900-1000, at A&FRC. RSVP Required.

Military Youth $aves Poster Contest We will be hosting a poster contest for ALL school age children of families with base access for Military Saves Week 27 Feb-Mar 4. For more information, call 556-8854 or go to our website. Posters due NLT 6 Mar, 1600 to A&FRC. 

“Wall of $avers” Ever wanted to be on Wall of Fame. Well, we have one at the A&FRC. Join us on the “Wall of Savers” which shows your commitment and participation to save, pay down debt, and build wealth. Get your families involved too. We will display ALL the “I’m saving for” mini-posters of those who have made their pledges and are participating in the #MSW2017 Campaign. Help us show that everyone at #PAFBSaves2017! 27 Feb-Mar 4, at A&FRC

Social Media Contest Win $200! We’re taking financial literacy to a whole new level! Join us for a social media contest where you can interact, engage and share what you’re learning at #PAFBSaves2017 during #MSW2017. 27 Feb-Mar 4, 21FSS Social Media 

Unit Competition Are you committed to financial readiness? Earn bragging rights! During Military Saves Week (#MSW2017), this base-wide unit competition is a great opportunity for organizations to show their teamwork and lead by example to help spread the Military Saves message. Make a commitment to yourself to save money, reduce debt, and build wealth over time; and earn bragging rights as the unit with the most commitment to “financial readiness”. All you have to do is submit the most Saver Pledges. Unit representatives are actively involved to ensure 100% unit contact will be accomplished during the week. They will collect pledges and encourage participation in #MSW2017 events. If your unit does not have a representative, it’s not too late. Please call Patricia Maxwell at 556-8854. Competition goes through 7 Mar.

RAF ALCONBURY/MOLESWORTH UK

Monday, Feb. 27

1100-1200, A&FRC, Bldg 671 Large Classroom. Lunch & Learn. Blended Retirement System: Would you like to collect something for your service without serving in the military 20+ years? The Blended Retirement System (BRS) allows anyone who entered active duty after 31 December 2005 to opt into this new system which blends the traditional retirement pension with a defines contribution to your Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Find out how you can maximize your retirement pension or leave the service before serving 20 years and still have retirement savings.

1200-1300, A&FRC, Bldg 671 Large Classroom. Lunch & Learn. Debt Reduction with PowerPay: Are you paying harder and not smarter with your bills? Learn the easiest and fastest way to get out of debt using a completely free online service! Find out how you can pay your debt even faster with this amazing FREE tool!

1630-1800, A&FRC, Bldg 671 Large Classroom. Create/Craft Your Financial Vision: Are you willing to try something new to reach your financial goals faster? This creative project can help! Leave with a finished product to help you visualize your financial dreams!

Tuesday, Feb. 28

1200-1300, A&FRC, Bldg 671 Large Classroom. Couple & Money: Is money a source of conflict or struggle in your marriage or relationships? Financial success is not always dependent on income; in fact many people earning an impressive salary struggle to make ends meet because they don't have a "Team Vision." Do you wish you could get a handle on your financial habits to build a brighter future? Class participants will identify the strengths and drawbacks of their money personality, recognize personal barriers to positive money behaviors, and leave with a better understanding of how they can reach their "team" definition of financial success.

1630-1730, A&FRC, Bldg 671 Large Classroom. The Magic Art of Financial Organization: Your Financial Records: Coming up with a system of organization all the paper in your life takes thought and planning. Making use of it requires time and effort. Learn why some record-keeping systems fail, how to develop an efficient bill-paying system, what records to keep and how to take a home inventory. Take the first step toward financial organization!

Weds, March 1

1100-1200, A&FRC, Bldg 671 Large Classroom. Lunch & Learn. Home buying Part I: Learn about the home buying process and what to expect with the purchase of a home. Walk away armed with the necessary information and confidence to begin the search for your new dream home.

1200-1300, A&FRC, Bldg 671 Large Classroom. Lunch & Learn. Home buying Part II: VA Home Loan - Get the latest information from our VA Representatives regarding using the VA Home Loan Guaranty to purchase a home if you are a first-time homebuyer. Refresh knowledge for your next home purchase.

1630-1730, A&FRC, Bldg 671, Large Classroom. Fundamentals of Investing: If you are looking for a workshop that will explain the basics of how to start building a secure future, this is it. Learn about risk tolerance, compound interest, bonds, stocks, mutual funds, certificate of deposits, individual retirement accounts, money market accounts, and stocks.

Thursday, March 2

1200-1300, A&FRC, Bldg 671, Large Classroom. Lunch & Learn. Thrift Savings Plan (TSP): The workshop will provide an overview of this optional 401k type savings/retirement plan. Some of the topics to be covered will be the rules governing TSP participation; how contributions are invested; the options available when you separate or retire from the military. We will also discuss the Blended Retirement System and how matching contributions work.

1630-1730, A*FRC, Bldg 671, Large Classroom. Who wants to be a Millionaire? Think like a millionaire to become one - learning the path to become a millionaire and their secrets to wealth accumulation can help you obtain a higher standard of living during retirement.

Friday, March 3, 1200-1300, A&FRC, Bldg 671, Large Classroom. 10 steps to Financial Success: Financial success is not always dependent on income; in fact many people earning an impressive salary struggle to make ends meet because they haven't followed the 10 basic steps discussed in this seminar. From developing a spending plan that works to setting goals to weighing insurance needs, this presentation covers to core concepts necessary to develop and maintain personal financial control.

*Military Saves Week Rewards You for Participating*

-Participants who attend ANY financial workshop in February & First Week of March will be entered into a GRAND PRIZE drawing.

-Various workshops will have prize drawings

-Fill out the Military Saves Week pledge and earn another ticket for the grand prize drawing

-You will leave each class with a FREE Credit Score code to check your credit report & score ($19.95 value!)

*Other Activities & Youth Activities*

24 Feb DET5 Briefing - Create your financial vision!

Going out to Molesworth to give group briefings to JAC & AFRICOM

One-on-One appointments available with Certified Personal Financial Counselors

I'M SAVING FOR goals written down and photo taken for WALL OF SAVERS

Schools/Youth Programs-

22 Feb, 1530-1630 - Open Rec & Teens-Vision Boards-Teen Center

22 Feb, 1030-1100, Grade 4/5, Ms. Weber - Piggy Banks/Savings - AES

23 Feb, 1400-1430, Kinder, Ms. Beltran - Making Piggy Banks - AES

24 Feb, 1330-1400, 5th, Ms. Brown - Piggy Banks/Saving - AES

24 Feb, 1600-1630, School Age Program - Piggy Banks/Saving - Youth Center

Army

FORT DRUM, NY

Financial Goal Setting on Monday 2/27, 1400 in SFAC Classroom
Investing Basics on Tuesday 2/28, 1400 in SFAC Classroom
Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) on Wednesday 3/1, 1400 in SFAC Classroom
Fraud & Identity Theft on Thursday 3/2, 1130 in SFAC Classroom  
(Class Offered by the office of the NYS Attorney General)
Investing Disability Benefits on Friday 3/3, 1000 in SFAC Classroom
Financial Information and FREE lunch provided on Thursday 2 March at the SFAC

FORT LEE, VA

  • 27 Feb 2017 Col Butler will sign the Proclamation/Cake cutting at the main PX @ 1130
  • Saves Pledge Outreach will be conducted on 27 & 28 Feb at the Main PX 1100-1300
  • Make Saving Automatic Military Saves Information Fair will be held at the Regimental Community Center on 1 Mar 2017 1100-1400
    Partners: BBB Central Richmond, State Corporation Commission's Bureau of Insurance, Virginia Cooperative Extension Fort Lee Federal Credit Union, SunTrust Bank, Fort Lee Commissary ACS FAP, Fort Lee Wellness Center, and  Fort Lee Suicide Prevention
  • Youth Center Reality Store (in partnership with VA Cooperative Ext) held at the SAS gymnasium on 1 Mar 1630-1800
  • Savers Pledge Outreach will be conducted on 3 Mar at CASCOM Cafe

FORT HUACHUCA, AZ:

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 0900-1800, Financial Information Day - Murr Community Center. Representatives from the SEC, BBB and Small Business Administration will be providing information to our Fort Huachuca Community.

OREGON NATIONAL GUARD:

Saturday, Feb. 25, 12 pm - 4 pm, Rethink Smart Money Management seminar - Lane Community College, 4000 E 30th Ave, Eugene, OR 97405. The event will provide information and useful training to service members and their family members including children and youth. The event is open to service members and families of all branches. Attendees will receive information regarding smart budgeting, tax preparation, retirement, education, and other special topics.

Register at www.rethinksmart.eventbrite.com by February 20th.

Child & Youth Activities information: There will be separate child and youth portion at the event for youth ages 12-18. Youth will participate in active and engaging financials topics covering budgeting and entrepreneurship. The child and youth section will be presented by Financial Beginnins, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides finance education to youth and young adults in the Pacific Northwest. Trained presenters that regularly work with youth will be onsite for the entire event.

Contact the Child & Youth Program with additional questions regarding the youth activities at: 503-584-2346 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FORT RILEY, KS:

All classes will be held at Army Community Service, 7264 Normandy Drive.

**Class sizes are limited. Please call 785-239-9435 or 785-239-5032 to pre-register.**

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND A CLASS WE WILL HAPPILY SCHEDULE AN INDIVIDUAL FINANCIAL COUNSELING SESSION TO DISCUSS YOUR SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES

Monday, February 27th 9:30-11:00; Tuesday, February 28th 1:30-3:00; Thursday, March 2nd 9:30-11:00; Friday, March 3rd 1:30-3:00 - Blended Retirement System. Facilitators:  Carol Buchli, Luis Catinchi, Scott Wadeson On January 1st, 2018, the Armed Forces will move to the new Blended Retirement System.  We will explain the new system, help you understand your eligibility and options, and provide resources to help you make important decisions. 

Monday, February 27th – Friday, March 3rd 12:00-1:00 - Lunch and Learn Social Hour. Facilitator:  James Wade Do you have financial questions but don’t know who to ask? Join our team of financial experts to get the answers to your questions and enjoy a free slice of pizza when you do.

Monday, February 27th 1:30-3:00  - Tax Time Tips and Strategies. Facilitator: Paul Depusoir We will help you understand which tax credits, deductions and strategies are available to you this year, and set you on the path for the maximum possible refund next year.

Tuesday, February 28th 9:30-11:00 - Creative Savings Strategies. Facilitator: Clint Strutt Many of us know we should save more, we just don’t know how.  This class helps you look at savings differently, and provides you with new strategies to accomplish your goals.

Wednesday, March 1st 9:00-11:30 - Money Management 101. Facilitator: James Wade This basic money management course will teach you the fundamentals of banking and consumer affairs, budgeting, communication strategies, debt avoidance, saving and investing, and how to understand your financial personality.

Wednesday, March 1st 2:30-3:30 - Dumping Debt. Facilitator: James Wade Do you struggle every month to pay your bills and cover your debt payments?  How much more money would you have every month if you were debt free?  Most people can be debt free much sooner than they think.

Wednesday, March 1st 1:30- 2:30 Friday, March 3rd 10:30-11:30 - Extreme Couponing. Facilitator: Mary McConnell Couponing can drastically reduce your grocery bill.  Join us to learn how you can have more money to save or spend on what you want by reducing your food cost.  

Thursday, March 2nd 1:30-3:00  - Credit Building and Repair. Facilitators: William Brooks and Julie Murray A comprehensive look at how to read and interpret a credit report, correct errors in your credit file, and gain a better understanding of how to improve your credit score. 

Friday, March 3rd 9:30-10:30 - Build a Better Budget. Facilitators:  William Brooks and Julie Murray  A comprehensive look at budgeting—identify available income and financial resources, assess spending habits, and develop a plan to build wealth.

FORT WAINWRIGHT, AK - MAC Federal Credit Union (MACFCU)

Events are co-hosted between MACFCU and ACS.

Thursday, March 2, 11:45 am-12:45 pm - Basics of Savings. Location: Education Center, Classroom 3. The event will details savings products of financial institutions and how they work. The event is open to service members and their adult family members. No prior registration is required, just show up.

Friday, March 3, 11:45 am-12:45 pm - Car Buying Seminar. Location: Education Center, Classroom 3. The event will discuss how to get financing, how credit plays a part in financing, protecting your investment, and buying new vs. used vehicle. The event is open to service members and their adult family members. No prior registration required, just show up.

Monday, Feb. 27 - Saturday, March 4. Military Saves Club Account offer: open a Military Saves Club Account with MACFCU during this week. Deposit a minium of $100 every month for 11 consecutive months, keep your balance above the $100 cumulative monthly deposit, and MACFCU will make your $100 deposit for the 12th month.

WYOMING NATIONAL GUARD:

Thursday, Feb. 23, 0900-1000, Save and Invest Class. Location: Joint Forces Readiness Center (Wagon Box), 5800 Central Ave, Cheyenne, WY

Monday, Feb. 27:

1200-1300, Better than a Budget. Location: FE Warren Airman & Family Readiness Center, 7601 Randall Ave, Cheyenne, WY

1000-1400, Financial Table. Location: Laramie County Community College, Main Hallway of the Library Bldg., 1400 E. College Drive, Cheyenne, WY

Tuesday, Feb. 28:

1200-1300, Blended Retirement System 101. Location: FE Warren Airman & Family Readiness Center, 7601 Randall Ave, Cheyenne, WY

1000-1400, Financial Table. Location: Joint Forces Readiness Center (JFRC), Main Hallway, 1st Floor, outside HRO

Weds, March 1:

Events below will take place at 153rd Airlift Wing, Bldg 16, Airman & Family Readiness, 217 Dell Range Blvd, Cheyenne, WY

0900-1000, Save and Invest. Location: Kimsey Classroom, Rm 125

1200-1300, Navigating Your Credit. Location: Kimsey Classroom, Rm 125

0900-1400, Financial Table. Location: Main table

Thursday, March 2, 1000-1400, Financial Table. Location: University of Wyoming, Student Union Bldg., 1000 E. University Ave, Laramie, WY

Contact Wyoming National Guard S-FERST Financial Counseling Team for more information:

Stephanie Talcott, AFC, 703-635-8635 or 307-772-5098, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Glenn Lyons, ChFC, 307-772-5362 or 970-980-9184, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.         

Marine Corps

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII KANEOHE BAY

Weds, Feb. 22, 1400-1530, Saving & Investment Class. Location: Bldg 220

Friday, Feb. 24, 1000-1130, TSP Class. Location: Bldg 220

Monday, Feb. 27, 1330-1500, Security & Exchange Commission/Inv/Fees. Location: Bldg 220 - Recommend CFS' attend (presenter from SEC)

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 0930-1030 and 1230-1400, Financial Workshop for Spouses. Location: Bldg 579. Feel free to bring your children with you. Snacks provided, fun time for all.

Weds, March 1, 1000-1400, Military Saves Fair. Location: Mokapu Mall MCBH Exchange. Prize drawings, financial education vendors.

Thursday, March 2

0900-1000, Savings Themed Story Time for Kids. Location: Base library

1300-1400, Couponing class. Location: Bldg 579. Presented by Maria Olipas

Friday, March 3, 1130-1300, Home Buying with VA Benefits. Location: Bldg 220. VA will be presenting this class on the ins and outs of VA loans.

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 0900-1100, Saving and Investing Workshop. Location: Bldg. 4335, Room 211

Weds, March 1, 0900-1100, Car Buying Strategies. Location: Bldg. 4335, Room 211

Thursday, March 2, 1700-1830, Couponing Workshop. Location: Bldg. 298, Station Library

An information table will also be available throughout the week in the Chow Hall and Main Exchange at MCAS Cherry Point. For more information, please call 252-466-4201.

Navy

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY MID-SOUTH, MILLINGTON, TN

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1000-1100, Guest speaker: Social Security Administration. Location: Helmsman Complex, Large Ballroom. Everyone is invited: military, civilians, retirees & family members.

Weds, March 1, 1100-1300, Financial Fair. Location: Oaks dining room, Helmsman Complex. All are invited: military, civilians, retirees & dependents. Onsite experts include: First South Credit Union, Social Security Administration, Consumer Credit Counseling, BBB, VA, Certified Financial Planner, Small Business Administration, NEX, NAF Benefits Reo, Navy Mutual Aid, USAA Educational Foundation, Real Estate Professional, Navy Federal Credit Union.

Thursday, March 2, 1000-1100, Guest speaker: Certified Financial Planner. Location: Helmsman Complex, Large Ballroom. Everyone is invited: military, civilians, retirees & family members. For more information, see flyer here.

*Military Saves "Pigs on Parade" In celebration of Military Saves Week, Feb. 27-March 3, please join us in decorating your savings piggy banks for fun and great prizes from First South Financial. Exhibit what you are saving for or reveal your artistic side. Don't delay, pick up your pig today! Available from your Command Financial Specialist or the Fleet and Family Support Center, Community Services Building, BLDG 456 third floor.

Judging- March 3, 2017 at the Community Services Building first floor. Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Questions, call 901-874-5077 or 901-874-5075.

FLEET AND FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER, NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO

Friday, March 4, 11 am- 2 pm, Family FUNancial Festival, Murphy Canyon Youth Center, 4867 Santo Road, San Diego, CA 92124. San Diego-area active duty military and families are invited to attend this fun event with games, food, and information about saving and investing. A shredding trucks will be onsite to assist families in protecting their personal financial information by providing free, secure shredding services of documents brought to the event.

Registration not required. For more information, call 866-923-6478 or visit http://navylifesw.com/sandiego/families/ffsc or www.facebook.com/FFSCSD.

FLEET AND FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER, JOINT BASE CHARLESTON AND WEAPONS STATIONS

Wednesday, Feb. 22, Heroes @Home Financial Event - Location TBD
Tuesday, Feb. 28, Learn & Earn Carnivals - Youth Centers
Wednesday, March 1, Military Saves Proclamation Reading
Wednesday, March 1, Financial Traveling Trunk Shows
Thursday, March 2, Financial Literacy Reading - Child Development Centers
Friday, March 3, Military Saves Open House & Close Ceremony

Joint Bases

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO:

*JBSA-Fort Sam Houston* For more information on the following events or to reserve a seat, call 210-221-2705.

FREE Credit Report & Score. Call to schedule an appointment. Have you looked at your credit report lately? Schedule an appointment with a Financial Readiness Consultant to receive a free copy if your report and score.

Monday, Feb. 27, 9-10 am, Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Receive an overview of the federal retirement savings plan offered to members of the armed forces and federal employees.

Monday, Feb. 27, 10:30 -11:30 am, Blended Retirement System 101. Learn about the basic features and concepts of the new Blended Retirement System and how it compares to the traditional legacy retirement pension. The BRS takes effect Jan. 1, 2018.

Tuesday, Feb, 28, 9-11 am @INCOM Theater. Heroes at Home Financial Event. Talk money with special guest Ellie Kay and other financial advisors and learn how to live rich for less, improve your credit score, and save for the future you want.

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2-3 pm. The Future of Banking. What will banking look like in 2017 and beyond? Review tips to help safeguard your banking information and manage your finances in an electronic era. Facilitated by Broadway Bank.

Weds, March 1, 1 pm, Commissary Tour. Tour the commissary and learn about the store layout, how to use coupons for maximum savings, and discuss specific factors that contribute to our shopping behavior.

Weds, March 1, 2:30-3:30 pm, Avoiding Identity Theft & Scams. Discover ways to protect yourself from identity theft and being scammed. Facilitated by: Better Business Bureau.

Thursday, March 2, 2-3 pm. Tax Topics for Service Members. Review tax laws, preparations, and how to minimize liability. Discuss changes and resources for filing 2016 taxes.

*JBSA-Lackland* For more information on the following events or to reserve a seat, call 210-671-3722.

FREE Credit Report & Score. Monday, Feb 27, Weds, March 1 and Friday, March 3. Call to schedule an appointment at M&FRC. Schedule an appointment to receive a free copy of your credit report & score.

Tuesday, Feb. 28 and Weds, March 1, 8:30-9:30 am; Thursday, March 2, 1-2 pm at Gateway Club. Moving Out of the Dorm. Review Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), renters insurance, and develop a budget to know how much you can afford.

Tuesday, Feb. 28 & Weds, March 1, 9:30-10:30 am; Thursday, March 2, 2-3 pm at Gateway Club. How to Build Your Credit. Learn how daily actions affect your credit and discover methods to help build your credit. Facilitated by: SSFCU, AFFCU & BOA.

Tuesday, Feb. 28 & Weds, March 1, 10:30-11:30 am; Thursday, March 2, 3-4 pm at Gateway Club. Blended Retirement System 101. Review the basic features and concepts of the new BRS and concepts of the TSP matching, continuity pay and lump sum payments.

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1:30-2:30 pm at Gateway Club. TSP for Beginners. Learn how to set up an account, explore Traditional vs Roth TSP; acquire basic fund strategies.

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 3-4 pm at Gateway Club. Advanced TSP. The advanced TSP workshop reviews risk factors of various funds, effects of moving money around and more.

Thursday, March 2, 8:30-10 am at Gateway Club. Couponing in the 21st Century. Use mobile apps for couponing and saving money. Discuss ways you can save on traveling, dining out, military discounts, rebates and more.

Thursday, March 2, 10-11 am at Gateway Club. Are you a smart consumer? What you don't know can hurt you. Learn about the latest trends in consumer protection and identity theft. Facilitated by Better Business Bureau.

Basic Finances & Credit Building
LAFB Transition Flight, Building 9310, Dorm A3
28 Feb, 1500 – 1630 CST
Learn how daily actions can affect your credit, along with sound financial practices that will help you grow a strong credit report and reach your financial goals. Facilitated by Air Force Federal Credit Union.
 
Commander’s Call: Military Saves Brief
802 SFS, Building 10215 Lackland
1 March, 1030 – 1130 CST
Facilitated by Air Force Federal Credit Union.
 
Commander’s Call: Military Saves Brief
802 SFS, Building 10215 Lackland
1 March, 1500 – 1600 CST
Facilitated by Air Force Federal Credit Union.
 
How to Build Your Credit
Lackland Military and Family Readiness Center, Gateway Club
2 March, 1400 – 1500 CST
Learn how daily actions can affect your credit, along with sound financial practices that will help you grow a strong credit report and reach your financial goals. Facilitated by Air Force Federal Credit Union.
 
#MilitarySaves Twitter Chat Money Saving Tips for Military Families
@AirForceFCU @Experian_US @MilitarySaves
1 March 2017 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. CT/2:00 p.m. ET
https://www.experian.com/blogs/news/about/militarysaves-money-saving-tips-military-families/

*JBSA-Randolph* For more information on the following events or to reserve a seat, call 210-652-5321.

Tuesday, Feb. 21 and Tuesday, Feb. 28, and Tuesday, March 7, 5:30-7:30 pm. Credit When Credit is Due. A 3-part series (must attend all sessions for credit) designed to enhance the credit management skills of those who attend. After successful completion, patrons are registered in a national database and receive a positive statement for their credit report. Facilitated by RBFCU.

Weds, Feb. 22, 5:30-7:30 pm at Youth Center. Money Smarts Youth Rally. High school students learn about the value of money and how it affects life. Facilitated by: RBFCU & Broadway Bank.

Monday, Feb. 27, 11 am-12 pm; 12-1 pm; 5:30-6:30 pm. Blended Retirement System 101. Review the bpayasic features and concepts of the new BRS and what it means to you as a Service Member. Discuss concepts of TSP matching, continuity pay, and lump sum payments.

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 11:30 am-12:45 pm. Couponing in the 21st Century. Use mobile apps for couponing and saving money. Review ways to save on travel, rebates, military discounts and more.

Weds, March 1, 11 am-12:30 pm; 5:30-7 pm. Wise Investment Strategy BRS. Review basic guidelines on investment strategies and reaching financial goals with the help of the BRS. Facilitated by RBFCU.

Thursday, March 2, 5:30-7:30 pm. BRS for Military Spouses. Military spouses gain insight on basic features and comcepts of the new BRS and review TSP matching, continuity pay, and lump sum payments.

Friday, March 3, 11 am-12:30 pm. Retirement Planning for Military & GS Employees. Whether you're just starting a career or a seasoned veteran saving for retirement is crucial. Discover the secrets of a successful retirement plan. Facilitated by Broadway Bank.

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM:

To register or view pledge drive events, visit www.greatlifehawaii.com

For more information, call 808-474-1999 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday, Feb. 27, 0930-10:30 - 10 Investment Tips for Military. Location: MFSC Pearl Harbor - taught by SEC.

Tuesday, Feb. 28:

0800-0930 - TSP Contributions & Funds. Location: MFSC Pearl Harbor & Virtual, taught by TSP.

1100-1300 - Women & Investing. Location: MFSC Pearl Harbor, taught by MFSC.

1730-1930 - Health Relationships & Financial Empowerment. Location: MFSC Pearl Harbor, taught by MFSC.

Weds, March 1:

0800-0900 - Blended Retirement System. Location: MFSC Pearl Harbor & Virtual, taught by Military Pay Compensation-OSD.

1000-1400 - Open Pledging & Resources. Location: NEX Lobby, taught by MFSC & Military OneSource.

1700-1800 - 10 Investment Tips for Military. Location: MFSC Hickam, taught by SEC.

Thursday, March 2:

1500-1630 - TSP Post Military Withdrawals. Location: MFSC Pearl Harbor & Virtual, taught by TSP.

1130-1300 - VA Home Loan Briefing. Location: MFSC Pearl Harbor, taught by VA Loan Specialist.

Friday, March 3:

0800-0900 - Introduction to Saving & Investing. Location: MFSC Hickam, taught by SEC.

1000-1100 - Investing in Higher Education. Location: MFSC Hickam, taught by BBB.

 

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, VA

**Financial Literacy Contest - Langley A&FRC & Ft. Eustis ACS. Submission deadline is March 4, 1600 hrs. Contact A&FRC or ACS for more contest information.**

Monday, Feb. 27, 0900-1100, Kick-off Proclamation Signing & Blended Retirement System Class - Langley AFB FSS Auditorium, Bldg 15, Room 203

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1100-1300, Financial Information Booth - Langley Exchange  & Ft. Eustis Exchange

Wednesday, March 1, 1100-1200 (lunch provided), TSP Lunch and Learn - Langley AFB FSS Auditorium, Bldg 15, Room 203. Enjoy a free lunch and receive a detailed overview of the TSP. With the new Blended Retirement System coming online in 2018, it's more important than ever to understand the impact that TSP will have on your plans for retirement. 

Wednesday, March 1, 1200-1300 (lunch provided), TSP Lunch and Learn - ACS Conference Room, Bldg 650, Ft. Eustis. Enjoy a free lunch and receive a detailed overview of the TSP. With the new Blended Retirement System coming online in 2018 it's more important than ever to understand the impact that TSP will have on your plans for retirement.

Thursday, March 2, 1800-1930, Savvy Shopping & Working from Home Tips - Bethel Manor Chapel. For savvy money-savers: the focus is on coupon strategies, hitting on topics such as stockpiling, stacking and BOGO - buy one, get one; sales; the benefits of shopping from local businesses; and tips on doing business from home.

Thursday, March 2, 1700-1800, Cooking on a Budget - Ft. Eustis ACS Kitchen, Bldg 650. Learn how to cook a nutritious meal while not breaking your budget. See how using coupons and buying what is on sale can stretch your budget and make a delicious meal.,

Friday, March 3, 1300-1430, Blended Retirement System - Langley AFB FSS Auditorium, Bldg 15, Room 203. Learn about the new Blended Retirement System, a modernized retirement plan built for retirement savings.

Friday, March 3, 1100-1230, 3 Keys to Saving - Ft. Eustis ACS Conference Room, Bldg 650. This is saving simplified. Participants will learn how to use the 3 Keys to Saving: set a goal, make a plan and save automatically.

Other (Government Agency, Non-profit, etc.)

Air Force Federal Credit Union, JB-San Antonio, TX

2/28/2017 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Basic Finances and Credit Building LAFB Transition Flight BLDG 9310 Dorm A

3 3/1/2017 10:30 am - 11:30 am 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Commander's Call Military Saves Brief 802 SFS BLDG 10215 Lackland

3/2/2017 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm How to Build Your Credit Lackland/Military & Family Readiness Gateway Club

3/1/2017 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm #MilitarySaves Twitter Chat Money Saving Tips for Military Families @AirForceFCU @Experian_US @MilitarySaves

FINRA Foundation:

FINRA Foundation and SEC in Guam:

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 0800-1200, Saving/Investing Workshops. Location: Fleet and Family Support Center, Guam (USN/USMC)

Weds, Feb. 22, 0800-1030 & 1300-1430, Blended Retirement System. Location: Sector Guam (USCG)

Thursday, Feb. 23, 0800-1200, Saving & Investing Workshops. Location: Fleet and Family Support Center, Guam (USN/USMC)

Friday, Feb. 24, 0800-1100, Basic Investing/Planning for Retirement/Blended Retirement System. Location: Anderson AFB (USAF)

FINRA Foundation and SEC in Hawaii:

Presentations on Saving/Investing/Fraud Prevention/Retirement Planning, including Blended Retirement System (BRS)

Monday, Feb. 27:

0930-1030, Location: JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Main Facility located off base at 4827 Bougainville Drive, Honolulu, HI 96818

1330-1500, Location: Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Bldg 220

Tuesday, Feb. 28:

Time open, Location: Scofield Barracks (tentative)

Weds, March 1:

1700-1800, Location: Hickam Field office located at 655 Vickers Avenue, Bldg 1105, JBPHH, HI, 96853

Thursday, March 2:

1000-1130, Location: Wheeler Field

1120-1300, Location: Towers Conference Room (PACOM)

Friday, March 3:

0800-0900, Location: Hickam Field office located at 655 Vickers Avenue, Bldg 1105, JBPHH, HI, 96853

FINRA District 3, Denver, CO

Thursday, March 2, Basic Investing/Planning for Retirement, including BRS). Location: FINRA District 3, Denver, CO, Buckley AFB

Idaho Military Financial Alliance Financial Fair

Sunday, Feb. 12, 1300-1430 and 1430-1630, Financial Presentation - Learn more about your 2017 savings and your rights and reminders for third party collectors. A Thrift Savings Plan expert and a panel of financial savings professionals will be onsite. For more information, contact: Sheila M. Warner, Idaho State Community Support Coordinator, Army OneSource, 208-660-5607, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Military Families Learning Network Personal Finance Webinar:

The Time Value of Money, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 11 am- 12:30 pm EST. Register: https://learn.extension.org/events/2878 Free 1.5 CEUs for AFCs and CPFCs. Registration required. The time value of money (e.g. present and future value of a lump sum or an annuity) is one of the most fundamental building blocks of financial goal-setting and decision-making. This 90-minute webinar will discuss basic time value of money concepts and the application of time value of money concepts to real-life financial planning decisions.

National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC)

NFCC will be hosting a Twitter Party on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 at 3 p.m. EST.
The Twitter Party hashtag is #MoneyMatters

Navy Mutual Aid Association 
 
2/24     
NAS Jacksonville (FL) – Kick-off event to Military Saves Week

0800-0900 GI Bills

0900-1000 Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)

1000-1100 Blended Retirement System (BRS)

1300-1400 Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)

2/26     
NAS Lemoore (CA) 1215-1315
 
2/27     
NAS Jacksonville (FL)

Fleet & Family Support Center - All day classes on various topics

2/28     
USMC Base Parris Island (SC) 0800-1000
MCAS Beaufort (SC) 1300-1500
 
3/1       
Naval Support Activity Millington (TN) 1100-1300 Financial Fair
NAS Key West (FL) 1000-1200
 
3/2       
NAS Jacksonville (FL) 0800-1000

3/3       
USCG Boston (MA) 0800-1200 BRS, Savings, Insurance, Debt, etc.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Saving and Investing presentation
2/28/2017, 2 pm
Fort Bragg, Soldier Support Center

Saving and Investing Workshop
2/28/2017, 1 – 3 p.m.
Joint Base Andrews, Military and Family Support Center

Saving, Investing and Avoiding Fraud presentation
2/28/2017, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm and 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Fort Huachuca, Army Community Service
 
Saving and Investing presentation to Navy Honor Guard
3/1/2017, 10-11 a.m.
Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling
 
Saving, Investing and Avoiding Fraud presentation
3/1/2017, 8:00 - 9:00 am and 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Airman and Family Readiness Center

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