By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Noel Heeter
PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 2, 2022) – Sailors, along with Marines assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), attended a personal finance and budgeting class aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), on August 2.
The intent of the class was to ensure that all attendees left with a basic understanding of financial literacy, such as minimizing debt and budgeting.
“It’s part of our responsibility and training as a command financial specialist to teach others,” said Command Financial Specialist 1st Class Deanna Aguilar. “I hope they take the information they get from this class and apply it to their lives and pass it on to other people.”
Some members of the class took this sentiment to heart. Cpl. William Misener, a radio operator with A Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 13th MEU, noted how beneficial the information taught in the class could be to those aboard the ship.
“I don’t need this for myself, but my fellow Marines could use the information,” Misener said. “Knowing these tools exist will be helpful to them.”
Makin Island offers many resources and training, led by both Sailors and Marines, with the goal of building unity around the ship and helping to secure their futures.
“As a financial advisor, 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 classes will cover savings plans, understanding credit, tax exclusions, estate planning, sources of help and more.
Makin Island, the flagship of Amphibious Squadron (CPR) SEVEN, along with the 13th MEU, is currently undergoing integrated training with the US 3rd Fleet in preparation for an upcoming deployment.
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