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#1000 issued! (Professional Development).

On December 20, 2002, Ms. Phyllis Snyder, a budget analyst from Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, became the 1,000th person to successfully complete the 3 modules of the Certified Defense Financial Manager Examination, thus earning the CDFM designation.

In her job at the Directorate for Resource Management (DRM), Ms. Snyder oversees more than $100 million in resources for Fort Leonard Wood's Directorate of Public Works; Directorate of Information Management; and the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation programs. She has been with the DRM since July 1995, having joined that office after 15 years with the Army Continuing Education System as a guidance counselor. Fort Leonard Wood hosts the Army's Engineer School, Chemical School, and Military Police School. Ms. Snyder was promoted to GS-11 in 2001.

When asked about her decision to pursue certification, she said, "I looked at it as a challenge. I had just completed the 1-week Enhanced Defense Financial Manager Training Course, which I really enjoyed, and thought I would try to pass one [CDFM] module. I did pretty well on module I, so I studied and took each one in order."

Ms. Snyder said the accounting module was her favorite because it was one of her favorite subjects in her college undergraduate program and because she now does accounting. "I would have taken it first, if I had known how enjoyable it was," she said. She drove to a testing center in Springfield, Missouri, 86 miles away, to take each of the test modules.

A believer in professional development, Ms. Snyder is halfway through a master's degree program at Webster University in St. Louis. She is a devoted family person and dotes on her 5-year-old granddaughter, Tyania, who is "beautiful and just lost her first tooth." Ms. Snyder's daughter Alise is also associated with the Army--she is married to SSG(P) Devon Evans and is stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. SSG Evans is on alert for an assignment in Afghanistan.

Ms. Snyder is looking forward to a cruise to Bermuda in May and then hopes to attend the ASMC PDI in New Orleans. Her hobbies include reading, some furniture refinishing, and shopping, that most therapeutic of pastimes!

Congratulations to you, Ms. Snyder. You did a fine job!

CDFM Certification Renewals Ongoing

The process of renewing CDFM certifications over 2 years old is now ongoing. Be sure that the ASMC certification office has your latest mailing address. You will receive a letter stating that 24 months have passed since you were certified and asking you to affirm on the enclosed CDFM Renewal Response Coupon that you have earned the required 80 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) units.

If you have moved since receiving your certification but have not updated your address, you may not have received this letter. For convenience, copies of the letter and the renewal coupon have been posted on the certification Web site ( ([Test Information], then [Renewal]). You can download the renewal coupon that you need to mail in. If you need to apply for an extension of time to complete your required CPE units, the Web site also contains detailed instructions for that process.

If you have received your notice, please complete the renewal coupon and return it promptly. Enclose a check for the $20 renewal fee (which is separate from the annual ASMC dues). If you need additional information, call or e-mail the ASMC certification office at the ASMC Headquarters at (800) 462-5637 or

Professional Development Opportunity: The ASMC Speakers List

The ASMC Headquarters, in support of chapter training programs, is updating its speakers list. For those of you who have a particular expertise in an area of financial management, adding yourself to the ASMC speakers list is an opportunity to share your knowledge and to earn valuable CPE credit.

Here's how to add your name to the list. Send John Raines an e-mail stating your name, location, commercial phone number, and the area(s) of expertise on which you can speak or teach. Financial management expertise in any of the 12 competencies tested in the CDFM is welcomed as are such other subjects as management, nutrition, and physical fitness. Please include how far away from your home station you are willing to travel and whether your organization can cover travel cost or that cost must be borne by the requesting chapter.

Send the e-mail to John will be glad to add you to the list and mention your name to chapter representatives who are seeking speakers.

DoD Chancellor for Education and Professional Development to Host Educators' Conference

RADM (Ret) Jerome Smith, the DoD Chancellor for Education and Professional Development, has announced that his office is co-sponsoring with the National Defense University (NDU) its fifth annual educators' conference. The conference will be held June 25-26, 2003, at the NDU campus on Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. Mr. David Chu, the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, will be the keynote speaker.

The conference theme is achieving "Educational Excellence through Teaching, Technology, and Transformation." The program offers three tracks. The teaching track will showcase best practices and concepts that foster teaching excellence. The technology track will focus on design, application, and evaluation of technology in support of educational excellence, and the transformation track will present strategic planning, performance measurement, and change management in the learning environment.

The ASMC participated in the Chancellor's previous conference by exhibiting the professional development offered by ASMC and highlighting the Enhanced Defense Financial Management Training Course, which is fielded in partnership with the Department of Defense. Registration information, which will be posted in April, will appear on the Chancellor's office Web site at The point of contact for conference exhibits or potential presentations is Ms. Donna Brown, who maybe reached at (703) 696-1070 or

Army Resource Managers' Conferences

The Honorable Sandra Pack, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management & Comptroller), has instituted a series of Army resource managers' conferences to provide a forum for Army resource managers to share information and build teamwork. The Army will conduct three conferences per year. in December, to focus on the current and budget years; in May, to discuss key mid-year issues; and in September, to assess results of the year that is drawing to a close.

The theme for the conference series is the soldiers on the front lines. Each conference will include an operations-oriented presentation from soldiers who have been deployed in support of combat operations so that Army resource managers understand and stay focused on their ultimate customers.

The initial conference was conducted in December in Washington, D.C. Over 120 resource management professionals from across the Army attended, as well as representatives of educational institutions and professional associations.

A team of officers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and the Third United States Army who served in Afghanistan reinforced the conference theme. The team provided a comprehensive overview of their deployment and in-country operations and discussed the support provided by the resource management, finance, and contracting staffs.

Mr. Ron Castleman, director of Region VI of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), was the keynote speaker. He spoke of the effective working relationship between the FEMA and the Department of Defense (DoD), particularly the close association between the FEMA and the Army. Mr. Castleman FEMA and the Army are proud of the strong bond they have established. In fact, the Army and the DoD are valued members of FEMXs team.

Briefings addressed fiscal year (FY) 2003 budget issues, the FY 2004 budget outlook, Army outsourcing initiatives, civilian manpower management topics, Army and DoD automation initiatives, and the Army's approach to implementing the Balanced Scorecard.

Secretary Pack closed the conference. She stated that the gathering had met her expectations by allowing conferees to exchange valuable information, reminding them of the critical combat missions that the resource management community supports, and continuing to build on the foundation for improved teamwork among resource management professionals.

For additional information on the conference series--and on each conference as it becomes available--visit the Web site at asp.

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As always, ASMC welcomes your input and professional development news. quarters, Attn: Professional Development, 2034 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 145, Alexandria, VA 22314, or e-mail
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Date:Jan 1, 2003
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