Waypoint #1 – Underway


I have been with the First Command Educational Foundation for just over two months now and am excited to provide the first of many updates. What a time it has been so far!

First, for our existing followers, you will notice a difference in this portion of our website. A native of Florida, growing up sailing on my family’s boat and serving more than 24 years in the US Coast Guard, I am compelled to put a little nautical flavor in here! To that end, I will chronical my updates to our supporters and interested followers on our happenings with a series of “Waypoints” which will highlight the track lines we set for the Foundation.

Where are we and where are we going? These have been common questions I have asked over the past several weeks. I have built a strong base knowledge of the Foundation’s work, our audience, and our supporters. From this base, we will work with our partners to operationalize the Strategic Plan introduced by our CEO and approved by our Board of Directors. We will actively seek ways to:

    • Grow program outreach,
    • Increase program offerings,
    • Optimize our brand, our mission, and our vision,
    • Solicit and secure new donors to allow us to do this great work.

I am now underway as part of the First Command Educational Foundation’s mission, and I am working hard to shape the course we will follow. I welcome your thoughts and recommendations. Feel free to contact us as you see fit.

My goal is to provide periodic updates through this vehicle and our social media platforms. Our military and federal service members and their families deserve to be financially ready for life – and we are facing unique challenges today. The relevancy of the First Command Educational Foundation is more evident now than ever. We need all the support we can get.

I look forward to the successes I will be able to share with you in the coming months. Until then, know that the incredible team here at First Command Educational Foundation is standing a taught watch with a steady hand on the helm working to financially educate those who serve!

Thank you for your continued support and interest,


Tom Kuhar, President

First Command Educational Foundation
Commander, US Coast Guard (retired)