60 Years Strong Seal

A Cause for

Carroll Payne in military uniform

In the early 1950s, Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Carroll Payne worked closely with the families of several crew members killed in a series of training flight accidents. Saddened by the survivors’ financial struggles and determined to help other military families avoid their fate, he began laying the groundwork for the company that would grow to become First Command. A lot has changed in the sixty years since our company’s founding, but the resolve to carry out our mission – coaching those who serve in their pursuit of financial security – has never wavered. Today, more than 500 dedicated First Command Financial Advisors across the country and abroad – many of whom served themselves – are committed to helping service members and their families get their financial lives squared away.

Sixty Years of Progress

Against a backdrop of historic change and progress in our world, the last sixty years at First Command have been marked by steady growth and expanding capabilities as we continually seek ways to better serve our clients at every stage of their lives.

The First Command Family

Ultimately, a company’s culture is shaped by its people. First Command’s enduring family culture can be directly attributed to the kinds of smart, dedicated and caring people we’re proud to have at every level of our organization. In this anniversary year, we’re pleased to share some of their stories, as well as stories of the First Command clients they feel so privileged to serve.

“Growth Beyond Circumstance”: A Talk with Ft. Bragg Military Spouse of the Year

Being named the 2018 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year Base Winner for Fort Bragg is a big milestone for Katy Stevick, but it’s just the most recent in her journey as a military spouse and a First Command Financial Advisor.

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Orbiting a Speck of Dust

We’re continually amazed and delighted at the accomplishments of First Command clients – while on active duty and in their second careers. In 1992, retired Navy pilot Winston Scott fulfilled a childhood dream when he received a call telling him to report to the Johnson Space Center for training as an astronaut. It was the beginning of an unforgettable experience that gave him a new appreciation for life on earth.

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Shavona Floyd: Persistence Pays Off

Looking back on the whirlwind that is the last two years of her life, Shavona Floyd realizes there were several points along the way where she could have easily taken an exit ramp from the expressway that ultimately led to her new career as a First Command Financial Advisor.

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Olivia Inglett: Serving Her Fellow Spouses

Olivia Inglett’s journey as a military spouse began two and a half years ago when she married her college sweetheart, Joe. Just a week after their wedding, she packed up her belongings and moved from Virginia to Enterprise, Alabama, to be close to Joe while he attended flight school. Soon she would land on a career of her own as a First Command Financial Advisor.

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A Career On the Go: Meet Military Spouse and Financial Advisor Jessica Blaisdell

To suggest that Army Reservist, military spouse, and First Command Financial Advisor Jessica Blaisdell is busy is something of an understatement. We caught up with Jessica, who currently serves the Fort Hood community at our Killeen office, to discuss how she manages to find balance.

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Growing Up to be a Warrior: Meet USMC Veteran & Financial Coach Chris Merrill

On a sunny day in April 2017 Major Chris Merrill stood in front of the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial at Asan Beach, Guam to mark a momentous occasion in his life: a retirement ceremony commemorating his 20 years of service. Asan Beach was the perfect backdrop for Chris to say thank you to many people who supported him during his time in the Marine Corps. It also gave him a chance to say goodbye to the career he had planned on pursuing since he was a child.

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Looking Forward

“As the leader of our organization, my focus is on the future. But as we pause to look back on the accomplishments of our company and our clients over these first 60 years, I can’t help but be inspired to look forward to the next 60 years – and imagine how many more military families we can help reach their dreams.”

Chairman/CEO, First Command Financial Services

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