Whether you are costing acquisition programs, executing an Air Force budget or meeting the financial needs of our Airmen, Air Force Financial Managers are in the business of resourcing our nation's Air Force.
The last few years have proven the worth of our financial management profession. The challenges of Sequestration, furloughs, the Budget Control Act and the necessary demands of Audit Readiness have taken a toll on the Department. And yet, we as financial managers continue to step up to these and other challenges, providing the tools and insight necessary to enable our senior leaders to make the best choices for the Air Force. We are the key to the Air Force being able to "maximize its resources, in the right place at the right time, every time." That is our vision in Air Force FM and that is what we need to focus on as we carry the Air Force into a new fiscal normal.
The Air Force must continue to press forward and successfully meet its mission requirements; even in the face of a new paradigm of fiscal challenges. The work you are doing every day contributes greatly to Air Force mission success. I am truly grateful for your service and am proud to serve alongside you as we work to successfully resource the world's best Air Force.
The Air Force Financial Management (FM) strategy flows directly from its mission and core values. The mission statement concisely articulates the overarching reason for our existence and FM's role within the larger Air Force. Air Force FM is comprised of a cadre of professionals whose mission is:
Maximize Resources for our Nation's Air Force
It means make the most impact by doing the most good with the resources we have..."make every dollar count"
It means we meet resource challenges by understanding the requirement, providing solid estimates and by being an honest broker. That means being bold, objective, and truthful...do the right thing, every time
It means we are key advisors to our leadership as we balance limited resources against top priorities
It means we maximize resources for our leaders - timely, defendable information, analysis and recommendations
It means we deliver for our Airmen - timely and accurate pay...so they can focus on their job, not their pay
It means we deliver for our Air Force - audit readiness, accurate accounting and proven systems
It means we provide decision support. Understanding the need, gathering and analyzing the information, providing options and recommendations focused on improvements, focused on mission"
The Air Force FM community uses its vision to guide decision making across the organization. It provides a unified direction for our community summarizing what we strive to do every day. We strive for the:
Right Resources - Right Place, Right Time, Every Time
All of Air Force capability comes down to our ability to make it happen. That is, we are responsible for getting the right resources where they need to be, when they need to be here. We use every tool in our toolkit to make this happen:
Analysis Decision Support Relationships Creativity Service Discipline Flexibility Focus Credibility