The Defense Credit Union Council recognized three military credit unions with its Distinguished Service Award last week.
Fort Sill FCU in Oklahoma, Navy FCU and Harborstone CU, Tacoma, Wash shared the recognition, which is the Council's highest. The Council made the awards during its 47th annual conference in Minneapolis.
Each winner represented a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and, although criteria differs slightly for each branch, the three were cited for exceptional delivery of services, community support and financial education and leadership plus other elements.
The Council recognized Fort Sill for "outstanding commitment to provide quality products and efficient service" to soldiers and their families particularly to junior enlisted officers in the area of literacy as well as development of wireless products. It was the second year in a row Fort Sill has won the award.
Navy FCU's Souda Bay Branch in Crete, Greece won the Navy/Marine Corps Award for its "dedication, attention to detail, extraordinary performance, and outstanding command support." DCUC recognized The Souda Bay team was for its "participation with the welcoming committee, offering on-the-spot financial assistance as well as volunteering to remain open after normal branch hours to meet sailors' needs."
The Council recognized Harborstone with the Air Force Award for its "steadfast support of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, with ongoing fundraising activities" involving spouses clubs and retiree groups.
The Washington State CU won an award for its "quick response to provide breakfast to the 6,000 police officers and firefighters who came to memorial services held at McChord Field for four local police officers targeted and killed by an ex-convict." The CU, said DCUC, "was instrumental in raising the needed funds, getting local grocery stores to donate food and even making the sandwiches and hard-boiled eggs."