USAA closing 17 financial centers

USAA will close 17 financial centers in April

By Team MOC Citing decreased use of their physical properties and an increase of their online ones, USAA will close 17 of its 21 financial centers on April 28. The announcement is not surprising; the closures had been announced and planned since September 2016, but a date had only recently been announced. The first of […]

Free and discounted tax preparation for military

Free and discounted tax preparation for military

By Heather Sweeney, Military.com Tax season is here again. And while filing for tax returns can be tricky for the average family, it can get even more complicated for military families. Thankfully, military personnel and their families have access to a variety of tax preparation and filing services for free. Whether you choose to file […]

On-base tobacco prices set to rise next week

By Lizann Lightfoot Starting next week, military members will pay more for tobacco products on base– much more. In the past, service members could purchase tobacco products at the base Commissary, Exchange, or mini-mart using discounted prices. They were not charged local tobacco taxes on the products. Now the DoD is making an effort to […]

Tuskegee Airman reflects on time in service

By Staff Sgt. Regina Edwards, 19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs “I’ve come a long way from picking cotton in the fields with my grandfather,” said retired Master Sgt. Leroy Mazell Smith, who has lived a life few could probably imagine. He was born on an Arkansas bridge during the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927; son of […]

This is the history of women in the National Guard

This is the history of women in the National Guard

By Julie Provost In 1636 the first militia regiment was organized in Massachusetts. These units are the oldest in the military and with them came the creation of the National Guard. It wasn’t until 1956–320 years later–that women were allowed to join. Over the years, laws have changed, allowing women to join and serve their country along with […]

Vouchers expedite advanced education for senior enlisted members

Vouchers expedite advanced education for senior enlisted members

By Ed Barker, Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center Public Affairs A path to providing senior enlisted personnel with expedited higher-education opportunities was announced March 29, via Naval Administrative Message (NAVADMIN) 073/17, the call for applications for the FY-17 Advanced Education Voucher (AEV) program. The AEV program offers post-secondary, Navy-relevant education at the baccalaureate […]