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The 1950s brought war and a Civil Rights struggle across the United States. Soldiers fought in the Korean War overseas, and African Americans across the country were fighting for equality. Throughout Columbus, Georgia, similar struggles could be found. The need for some form of financial support for employees at Fort Benning during such a time of uncertainty became apparent, and in 1956 The Infantry Center Federal Credit Union was founded for such a purpose.
The original charter included only civilian employees on Fort Benning. During the first several years of the credit union's operation, the employee handbook for Fort Benning employees was used to educate those eligible for membership in the credit union.
The 60s were the age of youth, as 70 million children from the post-war baby boom became teenagers and young adults. Civil Rights struggles continued throughout the country and the assassination of John F. Kennedy left the nation in shock. The continuous need for stability remained.
The 60s continued to provide obstacles for everyone in the U.S., but the credit union continued to persevere through all obstacles. And in May 1964, the credit union reached $1 million in assets.
The chaotic events of the 60s seemed destined to continue in the 70s. With the political scandal and controversial court decisions being made in the U.S., the country's economy once again fell into recession. Despite the struggling financial condition all around, the credit union was able to surpass the $10 million asset mark in 1974, while also adding new facilities and services.
As the credit union was celebrating its 20th anniversary, the United States was also celebrating. In 1976, the country commemorated the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
During the 1980s, hostile takeovers, leveraged buyouts and mega-mergers spawned a new type of billionaire. Ronald Reagan became the 40th president of the United States, the U.S. hosted the Summer Olympics for the first time in 56 years, and the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster left the nation mourning. The 80s also found the credit union expanding its membership and adding products and services that would lead them to success for many years to come.
On Monday, October 19, 1987, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at a record-breaking low. This date, now known to the world as Black Monday, is documented as the worst stock market crash in history. Despite the crash, the credit union remained financially strong throughout the year.
Someone labeled the 80s as the "decade of excess" and the 90s as the beginning of the age of uncertainty. As the credit union moved into the 90s, facing economic uncertainty was definitely an issue at the forefront of leaders minds. Credit unions all across the U.S. were being attacked by the banking industry. Despite all of the uncertainty, the credit union remained strong and continued to grow. In 1996, the credit union reached $100 million in assets and offered several new locations to serve its members.
TIC opened its new 13th Center location in November 1999, almost four months ahead of schedule. With this new building, the credit union also unveiled its new call center, allowing members to get answers to their questions in a timely fashion. Today the call center receives calls from all around the world.
As the year 2000 approached, many around the globe prepared to face what could have been a major crash in information technology. The credit union met the challenge and has since continued to provide its members with increased technology, including a state-of-the-art website, eBranch and most recently bill presentment. The credit union's dedication to its members has remained strong and evident in its participation in various charity events, like the Children's Miracle Network Tip-A-Snake Dinner.
In 2005, the credit union expanded its charter to a community charter. This allowed anyone who lived, worked or worshiped in the credit union's charter counties to be a member of the credit union. And in 2006, TIC introduced dialogue banking to the community with the re-opening of its Peachtree Branch.
In 2014, TIC Federal Credit Union changed its name to Kinetic Credit Union, a name that reflects our heritage and refines our future. Our name is our vow to continue to give banking a good name. While the name of the credit union changed, the same great service and stability continued to be the credit union's backbone.
In April of 2016, Kinetic Credit Union merged with MEA Federal Credit Union. MEA had a long history of providing outstanding service to its valued members. The combination of two strong credit unions brought increased convenience with more branches and ATMs in the seven-county community. Kinetic also became the official credit union for the teachers, administrators and support staff for the various school districts in our community.