New board member brings valuable market expertise

ALEXANDRIA, VA – 5Star Life Insurance Company announced today the appointment of Command Sergeant Major (Ret.) John F. Sampa to its Board of Directors, effective September 1, 2022.

“It is our pleasure to welcome Command Sergeant Major John Sampa to the 5Star Life Board of Directors. His experience in the Army and National Guard markets, as well as the First Responder market, will help enhance the service and protection that we provide for 5Star Life customers and AFBA members,” said General Larry O. Spencer, USAF (Ret.), Chair and President of 5Star Life.

Command Sergeant Major (CSM) John F. Sampa was appointed as the 12th Command Sergeant Major of the Army National Guard on 15 February 2018. He joined the United States Army on 30 April 1987 and served in the Army National Guard and the United States Army, retiring with 35 years of service. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant Major on 8 April 2009. Prior to becoming the Command Sergeant Major of the Army National Guard, he served as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader for the Texas Military Department. CSM Sampa was previously the Command Sergeant Major for the 36th Infantry Division for more than three years. He was mobilized for combat duty three times and deployed overseas for combat operations in Bosnia and twice to Iraq and was a prominent leader in the Columbia Space Shuttle recovery mission in east Texas. His military and civilian education includes all Noncommissioned Officer Education System levels. He was employed with the Texas Department of Public Safety in the Highway Patrol Division for more than 27 years in concurrence with his military service. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, the National Defense University Keystone Command Senior Enlisted Leader Course, the Texas Highway Patrol Academy and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of the Cumberlands.

“His addition exemplifies our commitment to create a board with the right balance of market expertise and business experience,” added General Spencer.

About 5Star Life
5Star Life Insurance Company (5Star Life) is the primary underwriter of the Armed Forces Benefit Association (AFBA) member policies. In addition, it extends the enterprise’s mission to civilians serving our country in the workplace. As a growing provider of group and worksite voluntary products, 5Star Life serves a diverse clientele as an insurance provider to individuals and organizations and as a trusted advisor to brokers. Headquartered in Alexandria, VA, 5Star Life is currently licensed in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa.

About Armed Forces Benefit Association
With the support of the General of the Army, Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Armed Forces Benefit Association (AFBA) was established in 1947 in the basement of the Pentagon to ease the strain on military members and their families who, at the time, could not purchase life insurance that would pay a death benefit if the member was killed in combat. Today, headquartered in Alexandria, VA, AFBA continues to honor its mission, in war and peace, promoting the welfare of its members providing death benefits and other benefits to those who serve this great nation, including members of the uniformed services, first responders, government employees, and their families. AFBA has over 650,000 members with $40 billion of death benefits in force and has paid nearly $2 billion of death benefits since inception. AFBA death benefits are underwritten by its affiliate, 5Star Life Insurance Company (a Lincoln, Nebraska domiciled company).