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The comptroller's corner.

This season's theme is "The Power of E," our powerful Enlisted force. For the majority of the Air Force, it is our enlisted who serve as the face of Air Force comptrollership. I am grateful for the outstanding financial support our enlisted members continue to provide daily, whether serving at home station or in deployed environments. Our enlisted troops are the strength of our comptroller team, delivering financial services and analysis combined with the highly technical skills and leadership required to meet our customers' needs.

Whether providing military pay, civilian pay, travel pay, cost, or financial analysis support, our enlisted members' roles are crucial in the daily interaction with our customers. Airmen rely on our enlisted FMers to deliver financial service support so they can focus on their missions, and commanders depend on enlisted FMers to have the financial analysis skills needed to support dynamic decision making in a complex fiscal environment.

As I reflect on the success of our comptroller team this past fiscal year, I am proud of all our FM professionals--enlisted, officer, and civilian. Through your efforts, we have surmounted many obstacles--sequestration, furloughs, etc.--and continue to strive toward maintaining the financial support for the mission that our Air Force members expect and deserve.

Our team's professionalism has truly shined during this challenging fiscal environment and I believe we have made a real difference. Together we've supported Air Force leadership with incisive analysis on tough prioritization issues; improved our responsiveness and accuracy as we take care of Airman's finances; taken great strides toward auditable financial statements; made significant progress toward modernizing our systems; and restored the credibility and rigor of Air Force cost analyses while holding ourselves accountable for budgeting to those estimates. And we've done all of this while doing our best to take care of our people during tough times - through heavy deployments, scant manning levels, civilian pay freezes, and furloughs.

On September 10, 2013, the president announced my nomination to be the Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) for the Department of Defense. As I write this I am continuing my duties as SAF/FM while awaiting Senate action on my nomination. This is an extraordinary opportunity, but also bittersweet for me because I have truly enjoyed being a part of the Air Force FM community and appreciate having had the opportunity to lead such a dynamic organization.

As I reflect on my tenure as the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Financial Management and Comptroller, I am thankful for the contributions of our entire Air Force FM team. Working with such remarkable public servants has been one of the great pleasures of my life. Thank you so much for supporting me for the last four years, and for all your work to support our Airmen.

With my enduring thanks,

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Author:Morin, Jamie M.
Publication:Air Force Comptroller
Date:Sep 22, 2013
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