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First Command adds two retired NCOs to Military Advisory Board

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FORT WORTH, Texas — First Command Financial Services, Inc., today announced the appointment of two retired senior military leaders to serve on the First Command Military Advisory Board.

Fleet Master Chief Petty Officer Charles “Chuck” Clarke joins the Board after serving more than 29 years in the U.S. Navy, culminating in his assignment as the 17th Fleet Master Chief for the United States Fleet Forces Command. When he retired in April 2016, he was one of the top five enlisted Sailors in the service.

Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Alford L. McMichael served more than 36 years. He was the 14th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps between 1999 and 2003. His military career culminated in an appointment as the first ever senior noncommissioned officer for Allied Command Operations to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (NATO).

“We are pleased to welcome these two retired NCOs to our Military Advisory Board,” said Scott Spiker, CEO of First Command. “They believe in our Mission and share our passion for serving the needs of those who serve. Each has enjoyed a long and distinguished career, rising to the pinnacle of his service. They continue to remain positively involved in the military community.”

The First Command Military Advisory Board is a select group of retired senior flag officers and senior enlisted leaders from the nation’s military services that advise company leadership on how to best serve the interests of America’s career military families. This 10-member board is committed to providing First Command with independent perspective and advice on important issues including:

  • Trends within the military that affect personnel and their families.
  • Evolving and specific financial needs of military families.
  • Products and services that serve the best interest of military families.
  • Building strong, collaborative relationships with each branch of the service, their civilian workforce and reserve force, and the National Guard.
  • Aligning the company’s high ethical standards with the high standards of the military.

“Perhaps most importantly, members of the First Command Military Advisory Board believe in our commitment to not only serve the financial needs of our clients, but also take an interest in the overall success and health of our men and women in uniform,” Spiker said. “They are committed to helping us help career service members plan for and pursue the financial security they seek for themselves and their families.”

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First Command Financial Services and its subsidiaries, including First Command Bank and First Command Financial Planning, assist American families in their efforts to build wealth, reduce debt and pursue their lifetime financial goals and dreams—focusing on consumer behavior as the first and most powerful determinant of results. Through knowledgeable advice and coaching of the financial behaviors conducive to success, First Command Financial Advisors have built trustworthy, lasting relationships with hundreds of thousands of client families since 1958.


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