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Posted 3/6/2009   Updated 3/6/2009 Email story   Print story


by Julie McGuinness

3/6/2009 - TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla.,  -- In coordination with Tinker Federal Credit Union pre-retirement courses are now being offered to Tinker employees. There are two different courses meant to prepare new employees for the financial decisions they will make down the road as well as a course for more vested employees with advice on their coming retirement.

The CSRS/FERS Retirement Seminar is an eight-hour seminar targeted to employees within one to five years of retirement eligibility. The 72nd Force Support Squadron provides a segment on Tinker-specific information and is available to answer questions.

Other topics include Basic Benefit Plans, Thrift Savings Plan, Social Security, FEHB, Long-Term Care, Survivor Benefits, FEGLI, Financial Investments and a Happily Ever After segment.

The FERS Financial Guidance: Boosting Your Benefits course is a four-hour class covering basic FERS benefits, Thrift Savings Plan contributions, financial/estate planning, debit/credit card reduction and investing for the future. The target audience for this course is employees with 1 to 5 years of service. The goal is to provide earlier education on retirement/investment planning.

Recent course evaluations indicate employees are benefiting from the course and it has been given on average a 4.6 out of 5 rating for overall quality of the seminar. Customer quotes range from "did not preach any products but showed the benefits;" "this class has motivated me to get things in order;" and "great list of resources (numbers, handouts and Web sites);" to "a great tool for new hires and the 20 year employee too."

Attendance is scheduled through organizational training offices in coordination with the Base Education and Training Office, 72nd FSS/FSDT. Questions should be directed to Javier Solis at 739-4605 or javier.solis@tinker.af.mil.

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