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A&FRC, America Saves, Military Saves

Brig. Gen. Case Cunningham, 18th Wing commander, signs a proclamation launching Military Saves Week Feb. 7, 2018 at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Military Saves Campaign helped the 18th Force Support Squadron Airman & Family Readiness Center win the America Saves Designation of Savings Excellence Award for 2018. (Courtesy Photo)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- The Kadena Airman & Family Readiness Center was awarded the America Saves Designation of Savings Excellence Award in May for their efforts in assisting service members and their families in financial management, especially during the Military Saves Week 2018.

As a part of the Military Saves campaign, Military Saves Week 2018, was held from February 26th, to March 3rd, 2018. The award was given to a total of 15 banks, 17 credit unions, and 4 other military-affiliated organizations.

Military Saves is a financial readiness initiative and social marketing campaign – endorsed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Department of Defense – and is implemented by installations across all service branches. The intent of the campaign is to improve the financial readiness of service members, families, and ultimately the mission – through proactive and deliberate financial management.

“Airmen who get the concept of start saving early, I’m sure will be financially successful,” said Charles Howard, 18th Force Support Squadron A&FRC community readiness consultant.

This year’s efforts enabled Team Kadena to conduct a total of 13 savings drives in various locations on KAB, 10 briefings reaching over 330 individuals and over 85 formal and informal financial counseling sessions during Military Saves Week 2018.

The Military Saves Campaign is committed to persuade, motivate, and encourage active duty personnel, family members, retirees, and civilian employees to build wealth by setting financial goals, making a plan, and saving automatically.

“The discussions during the events of the campaign helped enlighten Airmen and families on what their options were for retirement,” said Hiroko Bush, 18th Force Support Squadron A&FRC community readiness consultant. “The campaign helped turn on a light bulb about savings and their future.”

For more information on the Military Saves Campaign, go to www.militarysaves.org.