Celebrating 60 Years of Service
As Colorado’s leading credit union we’re taking a moment to reflect on our growth over the years as we celebrate 60 years of serving our members.
Founded in 1957, we were chartered to meet the financial service needs of Ent Air Force Base. The base was named after World War II General Uzal Girard Ent, commander of the Ninth Air Force – and that’s where we got our name.
As the military presence in the Pikes Peak area grew, our credit union’s membership expanded to include the Peterson, Falcon (now Schriever) and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force bases.
In the 1980’s, our field of membership expanded once again to include Select Employee Groups (SEGs) in the area. And, we merged with Penrose Credit Union, Filmco Credit Union, PRCA Pro Fund Credit Union and Hope-Coronado Federal Credit Union. These mergers allowed us to offer financial services to employees, and their families, of the Penrose-St. Francis Healthcare Systems, Alexander Film Company, several professional rodeo associations, Colorado College and over 20 additional companies.
In 1997, we applied for a community credit union charter. The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) approved our charter revision in June 1999, allowing Ent to serve the financial needs of anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in El Paso and Teller Counties.
Between 2001 and 2008, we merged with Mountain Bell Credit Union, Buckley Federal Credit Union, First Charter Federal Credit Union, Decibel Community Credit Union and U.S. Alliance Credit Union. Through these mergers, and through approval by the NCUA, we began serving members in Aurora, Firestone, Denver and Pueblo.
In 2016, we made a member-approved change to a state of Colorado credit union charter and requested to expand our field of membership to include individuals and businesses in Arapahoe, Douglas, Fremont and Jefferson Counties.
As of January 2017, Ent has:
- More than 280,000 members
- More than $4.7 billion in assets
- And 28 service centers with additional locations planned in the next five years, including stand-alone, expanded-hours Ent Express locations
We’re looking-forward to our credit union’s next 60 years as we continue to focus on the best ways to serve our members – the very people who own this place – with quality financial products and services.