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AFSA COMMUNITY: A VIBRANT FORUM

FOR EXCHANGING IDEAS

The online AFSA Community has exceeded growth

expectations in 2016. This online discussion forum is a

resource which allows members to share advice, inter-

ests and viewpoints on a wide variety of topics with

other active duty and retired members. This collabora-

tion tool has resulted in 1,000 lively discussions posts

with nearly as many contributors on such diverse top-

ics as insurance, the Thrift Savings Plan, the Foreign

Service, healthcare, retirement issues and more. The

online AFSA Community is a member-to-member venue

which allows members to seek input and share their

thoughts, advice and ultimately build relationships.

AN EYE ON BENEFITS

In May, AFSA hosted Paula Jakub from the American

Foreign Service Protective Association (no affiliation

with AFSA) to address a packed house on the critical

topic of how to coordinate Medicare with FEHB ben-

efits: Part B or not Part B remains the most critical

Medicare question. In October, AFSA brought TSP’s

Randy Urban to present information on how to get

the most out of one’s Thrift Savings Plan, focusing on

withdrawal strategies. Medicare and TSP continue to

be the most popular retiree-related topics featured on

AFSA’s website. All presentations were recorded and

are available online at

www.afsa.org/video.

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Ambassador

Stephenson meets

with Colorado

Lieutenant Governor

Donna Lynne.