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Marine Corps Marathon: Did you know?

| October 20, 2014

Established in 1976 to promote goodwill between the military and the public after the Vietnam War, the Marine Corps Marathon is an annual event open to all runners 14 and up, making it one of the few large non-qualifier marathons in the U.S.

The 39th Annual Marine Corps Marathon will take place on October 26. The route will follow a 26.2-mile course through the heart of Washington D.C., where runners pass Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon, the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol and more.

In recent years, enthusiasm for the “The People’s Marathon” has exploded to the point that race organizers have to hold a lottery to restrict the runner count to 30,000. This year’s race will include runners from every state in the United States and 51 countries.

Interesting MCM facts:

  • “Second Lady” Dr. Jill Biden ran in the 1998 Marine Corps Marathon, finishing in 4:30:02.
  • The first active duty Marine to win the MCM was 1st Lieutenant Joanna Martin in 1979, who finished with a time of 2:58:14
  • The first MCM was held on November 7, 1976 and fielded 1,175 participants.
  • Four people have run in every Marine Corps Marathon since 1976.
  • The MCM has two mascots: Miles the bulldog and his sister Molly.

As a sponsor of the Marine Corps Marathon, First Command will host the “Carbo Dining In” pre-event pasta dinner the night before the race. Other events taking place on marathon weekend include the Health and Fitness Expo, from Thursday, October 23 to Saturday, October 25, the MCM Kids Run, a First Timers Pep Rally, and the MCM 10K on Sunday, October 26.



DoD News

This week in DoD sequestration news

| October 17, 2014

Every day this week I’ve read articles by and interviews with people attending the 2014 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition. Not surprisingly, the recurring theme is that sequestration presents its own threat to the U.S.

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Career concerns surging in military families

| October 15, 2014

America’s career military is growing increasingly anxious about how defense downsizing and sequestration will impact their near-term job security. The First Command Financial Behaviors Index® reveals that 50 percent of middle-class military families (senior NCOs and commissioned officers in pay grades E-6 and above with household incomes of at least $50,000) are concerned about their job security in the coming months.

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DoD News

This week in DoD sequestration news

| October 10, 2014

There has been increased talk lately from members of Congress about partial or full repeal of sequestration. On Sunday, October 5, CNN’s Candy Crowley interviewed Senators Lindsey Graham and Jack Reed.

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How to measure your net worth

| October 9, 2014

To succeed in anything, you need a baseline and a way to measure your progress. With personal financial planning, the best place to start may be to determine your “personal net worth.” This will help you get a big-picture view of the overall state of your financial life.

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DoD News

This week in DoD sequestration news

| October 3, 2014

After years of managing multiple combat tours and lengthy separations during wars in Iraq and Af­ghanistan, and a new conflict with ISIL, America’s career military is facing a set of family challenges that are just beginning to emerge from the deep military budget cuts of defense downsizing and sequestration.

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Annuities: Potential for income for life

| September 22, 2014

Depending on your goals, an annuity can be an important and advantageous part of your financial plan, but there are a lot of misconceptions about annuities in the marketplace today.

Annuities offer two distinct retirement-planning benefits.

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Demand for permanent life insurance growing in career military families

| September 15, 2014

Demand for permanent life insurance is growing in America’s career military, where almost seven in ten families now own this type of coverage, according to the latest findings of the First Command Financial Behaviors Index®.

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Will phased retirement be offered in 2014?

| September 10, 2014

Many seasoned federal employees are excited about phased retirement and are hoping it will go into effect this year. Until the regulations are finalized we won’t know if there will be changes, but this article sums up the basic premise of the program.

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Are you ready to leave the military?

| September 8, 2014

Change – it’s the only constant in life. It can be exciting and it can also be daunting. With all branches of the service offering some type of early retirement and/or voluntary separation, if you receive an offer, weigh your options to make sure you’re prepared for the coming change in your life.

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