Shaping Black History: Stories from Armed Forces Bank Associates

an infographic displaying prominent black figures for Black History Month

During Black History Month, the spotlight often falls on well-known figures like Rosa Parks, Malcom X, and Alvin Ailey. Yet, history is constantly unfolding, with many individuals actively shaping their own narratives. This year, we proudly introduce two associates who have significantly impacted our organization. Their efforts not only contribute to our current success but also fuel our sustained growth. Beyond their professional roles, they each make a positive impact within their community. Let's take a moment to celebrate Steven Baugh and Regina Farmer.


Steven Baugh
Kansas City, MO

Steven Baugh has worked with Armed Forces Bank and Academy Bank for 2 years, where, as Senior Counsel, he safeguards the company from potential losses related to loans or contracts. Outside of work, Steven serves as Vice-Chair for the housing nonprofit SAVE, Inc. headquartered in Kansas City.

During Black History Month, Steven values all efforts to amplify black voices and stories, no matter how performative some efforts can be. “Speaking requires courage, and our stories must continue to be told lest our history be lost,” he says.

In highlighting notable black leaders within the community, Steven acknowledges Stephenie Smith and Cherayla Haynes. Stephenie fosters allyship and inspires change among Kansas City's business leaders, while Cherayla is a local performer who excels in promoting black spaces, artists, and businesses. Steven also underscores the lasting impact of Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver in Kansas City, citing achievements like the extension of 71-Highway from the Grandview Triangle to Downtown as a major accomplishment. “The groundwork for Kansas City being trendy today started with Emmanuel Cleaver.”

In crafting his own black history, Steven actively pushes into spaces where black representation may be lacking, and he also documents his experiences through journaling.

For Steven, creating a more inclusive society means acknowledging our history while respecting the passage of time. “My 69-year-old mother vividly remembers her childhood in the segregated South, and my 94-year old grandmother can share stories about her grandmother, who had once been a slave.” He notes that change is gradual, and it’s impossible to change the attitudes of those who shaped the realities of segregation and slavery. Instead, he says, creating a more inclusive society starts by recognizing the impact of historical attitudes. 

Looking beyond Black History Month, Steven encourages people to live their truth with pride, fostering an environment where others can do the same. He believes in extending grace to people who are on different stages of their journey in order to promote community understanding and support.

Steven Baugh, Dickinson Financial Corporationemployee


Regina Farmer
Fort Carson, CO

Regina "Gina" Farmer has been a dedicated supervisor for our organization for the past 2.5 years, playing a pivotal role in her team's success in Fort Carson, CO. As the go-to person for solutions, Gina embodies ambition, compassion, and a results-oriented approach, making her an invaluable asset to our organization.

Beyond her professional contributions, Gina is deeply committed to her community. Monthly, she volunteers at Solid Rock Food Pantry Food Distribution, showcasing her big-hearted nature and commitment to making a positive impact.

With a biracial background, Gina underscores the power of mutual learning and understanding. Throughout Black History Month, she actively engages in local events and community programs, emphasizing the significance of celebrating this month both meaningfully and intentionally. Gina views this special time as an opportunity for celebration, acknowledgment, reflection, and inspiration, urging us all to become familiar with the histories and stories of symbolic leaders from the past and present.

In her community, Gina highlights the remarkable contributions of Tony Exum Sr, District 11 State Senator, who has left a lasting impact on Colorado Springs, CO. She also recognizes Yemi Mobolade as a pioneering figure—the first black mayor of Colorado Springs and a Nigerian-American making waves.

Looking beyond February, Gina encourages ongoing support for black-owned businesses, exemplified by her personal favorite, "Black Girl Salsa." She hopes the community will continue to champion diversity and inclusion, fostering an environment of support and appreciation throughout the year.

Regina Farmer. Dickinson Financial employee

Reflecting Beyond Black History Month

We at Armed Forces Bank and Academy Bank would like to thank individuals like Steven and Regina for their valuable contributions to our organization and allowing us to share their stories.

A common thread evident in these spotlights is the lasting impact of black leaders in the community. Figures like Representative Emanuel Cleaver, Tony Exum Sr, and Yemi Mobolade (to highlight a few) play a substantial role in shaping history and fostering positive change.

Black history is not confined to the past; it's an ongoing, unfolding narrative that continues to be written. As we conclude Black History Month, let's carry forward the lessons from these narratives. May they serve as a reminder that every day is an opportunity to celebrate, learn, and contribute to the ongoing legacy of our country’s shared history.

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