DVIDS – News – Sailors and Marines talk about financial literacy aboard USS Makin Island

By Noel Heeter, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 2, 2022) – Sailors, along with Marines assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), attended a personal finance and budgeting course aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (DG 8), August 2.
The intent of the class was to ensure that all participants would leave with a basic understanding of financial literacy, such as debt reduction and budgeting.
“It’s part of our responsibility and part of our training as a command finance specialist to teach others,” said Deanna Aguilar, command finance specialist. “I hope they take the information they get from this class and apply it to their lives and pass it on to other people.”
Part of the class took this feeling to heart. Cpl. William Misener, a radio operator with Company A, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 13th MEU, noted how the information taught in the class could be beneficial to those aboard the ship.
“I don’t need it for myself, but my fellow Marines could use this information,” Misener said. “Knowing that these tools exist will be useful to them.”
Makin Island provides many resources and formations, led by Sailors and Marines, aimed at building unity around the ship and helping to secure their eventual future.
“As a financial adviser, I can’t tell you where to put your money, but I can help you save it,” Aguilar said. “It’s important to plan for your future.”
For Sailors and Marines currently aboard Makin Island, future financial courses will cover savings plans, understanding credit, tax exclusions, estate planning, sources of help, and more.
Makin Island, flagship of Amphibious Squadron (CPR) SEVEN, with the 13th MEU, is currently undergoing integrated training with the U.S. 3rd Fleet to prepare for an upcoming deployment.

Date taken: 08.02.2022
Date posted: 17.08.2022 17:25
Story ID: 427453

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