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Missouri air national guard comptroller flight provides vita support to the advanced airlift tactics training center.

The Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center (AATTC) is the Mobility Air Force (MAF) Tactics and Electronic Warfare Center of Expertise. It is located at Rosecrans Field, Saint Joseph, MO. Since 1983, the Missouri Air National Guard at the 139th Airlift Wing has been training airlifters and mobility forces from all branches of U.S. service and 17 allied nations (Germany, Canada, Lithuania, Singapore, Italy, England, New Zealand, Australia, Norway, Belgium, Spain, Israel, Denmark, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, and Sweden) on strategies to enhance the survivability of their crews and airframes. These nations require this training prior to deployment to the area of responsibility (AOR) and some even use it as a portion of the mission qualification. This vital mission started with a bruising exercise at Red Flag. Upon return, members of the 180th Airlift Squadron developed a training curriculum to instruct MAF crews on low-level combat tactics and situational awareness, as well as MAF engagement with fighters. On a shoestring budget, these visionaries built a training program comparable to the Red Flag, with academics in Missouri and weapons system employment in the Huachuca Mountains of southern Arizona.

To finance this mission, which includes managing the funds of the Air National Guard (ANG), Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), and the Air Mobility Command's (AMC) Air Operations Squadron Detachment 5, the financial managers of the AATTC face unique funding challenges and balancing requirements.

Bringing in funds from three statutory sources and managing them can get fairly sporty for finance as they work to expertly manage all reimbursement activity for the 17 allied nations being trained, through cooperation with the Air Force Security Assistance Training (AFSAT) Squadron out of Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. All activities, which are conducted daily at the AATTC, as well as the support activities provided by the 139th Airlift Wing, are costed and reimbursed as allowed by the AATTC/FM. Lacking the day-to-day manpower required, the AATTC/FMs also manage workdays from AMC and ANG sources by employing traditional members on a temporary/part-time basis to stand up operational requirements and meet the training demands of all MAF customers. Continuing work in the development of tactics and fleet modernization efforts have increased the number and complexity of funding streams that AATTC uses to improve the survivability of MAF personnel and assets.

This balancing act sums up into an annual payroll and operations and maintenance budget of over $13 million annually. Across the financial spectrum, AATTC financiers have to be well versed on all funding streams available and the legalities of executing this vast mission. The ever-present goal is to increase services and programs available to students, which also adds non-appropriated funds to the portfolio. With superb assistance from the Air National Guard financial management team at the Readiness Center, AATTC/FM continues to finance a one-of-a-kind mission with impacts to thousands of students around the world.

by SSgt Charles Owen Compton, ANG

About the Author

SSgt Charles Compton is the current FM for the Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center in Saint Joseph, MO and serves as an Adjunct Professor of Accounting and Human Resources at Benedictine College in Atchison KS.

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Author:Compton, Charles Owen
Publication:Air Force Comptroller
Geographic Code:1U4MO
Date:Sep 22, 2013
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