Month: July 2016

July’s “Give Back” Winner 7/19/16

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Every month America First Credit Union highlights a deserving individual in the Las Vegas Valley. Today, we meet Joe who is one of many volunteers in the Trauma Intervention Program. Along with recognizing Joe for the month of July, America First Credit Union’s Nicole Cypers, PR & Social Media Manager will share tips for staying aware and reducing the risk of fraud.

This Segment is Sponsored by: America First Credit Union 

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Heroic Story from World War II Inspires & Humbles

John Lund, President, America First Credit Union

By John B. Lund, President and Chief Executive Officer

One of the things I appreciate most about America First is the people with whom I am privileged to work, such as Thayne Shaffer, our senior vice president & controller. Thayne shared with us the story of his grandfather, who served during World War II as an engineer in a B-24 bomber. It is a heartwarming description of service, teamwork and patriotism that his family has kindly allowed me to relate to the membership.

Ray Albiston was born on January 10, 1913 in Whiskey Gap, Alberta, Canada. In his youth, Ray worked as a ranch hand on both sides of the border. He eventually moved to Elko, Nevada, where he became an American citizen and met & married his sweetheart, June Nielson.

He entered the Army Air Corps on December 28, 1942 and was trained as a flight engineer on the B-24 Liberator. Thereafter, Staff Sergeant Ray Albiston was deployed to El Aouina, Tunisia with the 15th Air Force, 450 Bombardment Group, nicknamed the Cottontails. He flew in 37 missions over some of the most dangerous and challenging air space in the European Theater. Thirteen were considered so perilous that he and his crew received double credit toward their 50 required missions.

On June 24, 1944, Ray and his crew found themselves facing heavy opposition over Germany’s strategic and heavily defended oil installations in Ploiesti, Romania for the second time. About this conflict, his Silver Star citation reads, in part: “…approaching the target, their formation was attacked by approximately 50 highly aggressive enemy fighters and their aircraft was severely damaged…systems were rendered inoperative and the waist gunner seriously wounded. Despite the crippled condition of their aircraft, displaying outstanding courage and teamwork, they battled against overwhelming odds, bringing their ship through for a highly successful bombing run.” Of the 39 planes in his group, 10 were lost and others went missing. On August 9, 1944, he and his fellow crew members received the Silver Star. Ray went on to fly in 27 more missions.

Ray’s magical mission number of 50 was eventually reached and, on October 22, 1944, June received the following via Western Union telegraph: ARRIVED IN U S A, FEELING FINE, HOME SOON, LOVE TO ALL, RAY.

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Security Update: Stay Alert for Identity Thieves

Cyber criminals are always busy in the summer months, attacking consumers around the globe.

According to experts, no one is immune to this phenomenon and, while we are all vulnerable, there are steps you can take to minimize your risk:

• Be overly careful about clicking on links and attachments you didn’t request and/or don’t recognize.

• Limit the amount of sensitive data stored on your computer. For example, never put your Social Security Number on any device.

• Use free Online & Mobile Banking to monitor your transactions and take care of your personal finances.

• Don’t geotag photos on Facebook.

• Greatly restrict the personal information you post on any social media site.

You’re also welcome to visit us here for updates regarding how we are striving to provide you with enhanced protection.