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Notes from the Comptroller Training Flight.

It has been six months since I arrived here to lead the Comptroller Training Flight, and it has certainly been an exciting ride. It started with an Operational Readiness Inspection on which our team scored "Excellent," and the pace has not slowed down a bit with the roll out of our new Basic Financial Management Officer (BFMOC) and Financial Management Staff Officer (FMSOC) courses. Along with these courses, we are hard at work rewriting our two in-resident, skill level awarding enlisted courses, and developing the brand new online decision support courses and a superintendent course. All of these new courses are scheduled to launch during FY08 in the midst of an extensive renovation of our facility. By the end of the fiscal year, the FM Learning Center will be virtually unrecognizable from what it was just one year ago.

Why all the change? To transform alongside our career field, of course! As we get smaller in size and budgets continue to shrink, FM's training program becomes more and more critical to our viability in the Air Force and our ability as financial advisors to provide decision support to commanders. Our goal at the FM Learning Center is to provide that training whether or not you can attend class within the walls of Allee Hall. This is why we direct our efforts toward striking a balance between providing in-resident and online training. The FM Schoolhouse of the past provided only training in a brick and mortar environment. We have already begun to transform into an FM Learning Center that provides training in a myriad of formats available to everyone in the career field, not just those who can attend school at Keesler AFB.

As our article in this issue describes in more depth, we are in the process of rewriting every course in our arsenal, as well as replacing a few with entirely new curricula. We strive to teach with the most current information available while we gear our training towards posturing all FM Airmen (civilian, officer, and enlisted) to best fill their roles of providing high quality decision support to their commanders. Just like our base-level organizations, we are moving away from teaching transaction based principles and are leaning more towards the qualitative and quantitative methods involved in developing and presenting alternatives for leadership to make fiscally sound decisions.

Lastly, our new offerings are a great deal tougher than in the past, so be prepared to be challenged when you complete Comptroller Training Flight courses--either in-resident or in our virtual schoolhouse!

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE DIRECT QUESTIONS REGARDING ENLISTED TRAINING TO Ms. LINDA RAMIREZ, DSN 597-7341, AND QUESTIONS REGARDING OFFICER TRAINING TO MR. DAVID BROWN, DSN 597-7344"
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Author:Dunn, Erik
Publication:Air Force Comptroller
Date:Mar 22, 2008
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