SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
Ent’s Schriever Air Force Base Service Center earned the 2016 U.S Air Force Distinguished Credit Union Service Award in the “greater than $1 billion in assets” category.
Schriever was nominated for the award by Col. DeAnna Burt, former 50th Space Wing commander, and received the award at the Defense Credit Union Counsel annual conference in San Diego, California, Aug. 8, 2017.
Each year, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force recognizes an on-base financial institution in two asset categories, less than and greater than $1 billion in assets, that provided exceptional service to the military community during the prior calendar year.
Credit unions on military installations worldwide attended the conference, including unions from Europe and Asia.
Dave McAfee, Ent Credit Union service center and military relationship manager, explained the award is given out DoD wide, and the Navy and Army give out their best credit union award as well.
He added the award package is tailored to what each credit union does on base, goes to the wing commander for approval, then goes to financial management at major command and finally to the executive Air Force level.
“It’s about how we can improve the quality of life with credit unions on military installations,” McAfee said. “Through different avenues, we provide support to the base.”
For example, the credit union gave the Airman and Family Readiness Center $1,500 last year to use for various programs.
“We have a 60 year connection with the military installations. We’ve been around since 1957,” McAfee said. “I think more than anything, it (the award) is a validation of a good relationship between the military community and the credit union. It validates the fact that we are a valued mission partner; that we do things out here for the folks who work at Schriever.”
McAfee added the award is an opportunity to give back to the military community.
“We appreciate being out here,” he said. We appreciate the opportunity to come out to work every day and support the military community,” he said.
In the award letter from Marilyn M. Thomas, acting assistant secretary of the Air Force, she wrote:
“Having experienced sequestration, your management directed Lending and Technology personnel to create a flexible solution for various emergency situations. When the base recently experienced budget cuts and personnel reductions, Ent provided information tables at every event from base picnics to sports days to the Transition Assistance Program, ensuring opportunities to answer questions and provide assistance regardless of the venue. For these reasons and others, we thank you for the service and support you are providing all Airmen in the Schriever Air Force Base community.”
Victoria Selfridge, Ent Credit Union vice president of corporate communications, said Ent was appreciative of the nomination, and echoed the sentiments of Matt Gendron, executive vice president of operations.
“Ent is humbled, honored and proud of the partnership with the 50th Space Wing,” she said. “We’re also proud of the service and support we’ve been able to give Schriever Air Force Base.”