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Meet McChord’s next boss

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Meet McChord’s next boss

Command of the 62nd Airlift Wing at McChord Field will change hands from Col. Erin M. Staine-Pyne to Col. David A. Fazenbaker next month. Fazenbaker is currently the vice commander of the 14th Flying Training Wing at the Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi. Fazenbaker entered the Air Force from ROTC in

Harborstone continues to support military

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Harborstone continues to support military

It's nice to have someone on your side, especially during these uncertain times when your household income may have dropped and the future isn't clear. Harborstone Credit Union has been doing just that through its Financial Navigator program. Think of it like having a trusted friend, there to be a listening

What are you doing next?

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What are you doing next?

If there is a silver lining to COVID-19, it has certainly given many of us a little more time to sit home and reflect on what inspires us. And for some, it has re-ordered our priorities, or provided the imputes to consider a change in direction. But how? How does one

Go from associate degree directly to a master's

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Go from associate degree directly to a master's

It may sound too good to be true, but it's a fact - Indiana Wesleyan University allows you to earn a master's degree online after completing your associate degree, skipping the bachelor's.  That saves both time and money. KC Haight, a 23-year veteran of the Air Force shared this opportunity and

Your military service may already be worth 45 college credits

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Your military service may already be worth 45 college credits

If you add up your basic training and other military courses you have already completed, you have practically already completed an associate degree.  With this brainchild, at Indiana Wesleyan University military personnel receive up to 45 credits toward an online associate degree simply by submitting the training they've already completed. Only

Freelance and small biz for spouses

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Freelance and small biz for spouses

Ready to strike out as a business owner? Whether it is a store, online business, or freelance gig, you will want to get the banking element of your new career set up right from the start, said Craig Doty, Business Money Management Coach with Harborstone Credit Union. Doty says there are

Member Money Map on McChord

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Member Money Map on McChord

A financial plan is just a fancy way of saying you know what your financial goals are and have a plan that will help you achieve them to ensure your long-term security and well-being. Harborstone Credit Union has Money Management Coaches on and off McChord ready to be with you

Deployment budgets

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Deployment budgets

Deployments are never easy on a family. Throw in some financial distress, and things can easily go sideways. But it doesn't have to be so hard, especially when you plan for potential pitfalls in advance, according to two money experts with Harborstone Credit Union, Sarah Ballard and Nicole Elliott. "It's all about

PCSing: Changing your bank/credit union

Military Life

PCSing: Changing your bank/credit union

Getting ready to PCS? Dread the idea of changing banks? You are not alone. According to Bankrate.com, in a 2019 survey, found that the average U.S. adult keeps the same primary checking account for 14.3 years. Twenty-one percent said they used their account between 21 and 50 years. Older respondents are more

Preparing for deployment makes all the difference

Military Life

Preparing for deployment makes all the difference

Life in the military is about being ready for deployment. You may be duty-ready, but don't overlook preparations on the home front, especially when it comes to your finances, says Carmen Hamilton, a branch manager with Harborstone Credit Union. That includes having or updating essential legal documents, organizing your finances,

Military servicemembers are protected through interest rate caps

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Military servicemembers are protected through interest rate caps

Service members have special protections to ward off predatory lenders trying to impose high interest rates. "The Military Lending Act honors our military by helping them stay financially safe," said Eric Zittel, Vice President of Consumer Lending at Harborstone Credit Union. The Military Lending Act (MLA) protects military and their families from

Harborstone to give free $80

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Harborstone to give free $80

This holiday season, give your child (or grandchild, niece, or nephew) the gift of savings. Starting on Tuesday, Dec. 3, Harborstone Credit Union is putting a unique spin on our traditional Minor Savings account for members to encourage their loved ones to get a jump-start on their savings. Through a

From McChord Credit Union to Harborstone

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From McChord Credit Union to Harborstone

Harborstone Credit Union has shown up on McChord Field for 65 Veterans Days and plans to stay there for many years to come. And Harborstone's Training Manager, Kathy Lanning, has personally witnessed 37 years of that time - offering a unique perspective on what began as McChord Credit Union. "I've seen

Become a drill Sgt. or college instructor with Reserve job

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Become a drill Sgt. or college instructor with Reserve job

One thing available to active duty soldiers ready for a change of scenery is to find a new life in the reserve forces, either full time, or in a part time roll. And for those looking to teach adults, they might find the 104th Division (Leader Training), headquartered at Joint

Teaching kids about money

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Teaching kids about money

Connor Lewis has two boys under eight years of age, but he's already teaching them about money, credit, and more. That may come easily to the Vice President of Talent Management and Development at Harborstone Credit Union, however, Lewis believes it is never too early to start instilling good financial

Healing in the outdoors

Military Life

Healing in the outdoors

There are many costs that come from combat injuries, but as more time goes by, it has become abundantly clear that the mental wounds are as impactful as the physical ones.  And, certainly, dealing with those is paramount to long-term health. Getting into the woods and onto streams and lakes is

It’s not too late to speak out

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It’s not too late to speak out

It often goes unspoken for years, but child sexual abuse is unfortunately something too many people have experienced. According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization, every 73 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted, and every nine minutes, that victim is a child, yet

Protect your security clearance

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Protect your security clearance

"Credit scores are important," said Denise Jones, Money Management Coach at Harborstone Credit Union. For military and DoD civilian personnel, that is especially true because security clearances often determine jobs, and bad credit can impact that employment. These have been challenging times in many ways for individuals and families. Many are facing

Changes to 50-mile rule

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Changes to 50-mile rule

A few more services and recreation opportunities will open this Saturday for local military, Lt. Gen. Randy George told a town hall audience via Facebook, Tuesday. Additional information was shared by the command Wednesday morning during the monthly Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) town hall carried virtually via Facebook. At JBLM, military personnel

Take a walk by the water

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Take a walk by the water

From the local waters of Puget Sound, to the many hidden inlets, rivers and lakes, the South Puget Sound region is a waterfront paradise. Boardwalks and trails are boundless here and make you feel (almost) like walking on water. Places that you can see for miles with magnificent views and

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