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 clearly articulates the overarching reason for existence and FM's role within the larger Air Force. Air Force FM is comprised of a cadre of professionals whose mission is:
"Serve with integrity as the commander's trusted advisor by providing high-quality support to decision makers on budgetary, financial, cost and economic issues while continuously improving the quality, efficiency and customer-focus of Air Force financial services and operations."
The Financial Management Vision discusses the future state that the Air Force Financial Management community should strive to achieve through strategic and transformational efforts. It frames the future and evolving present-day where FM is assuming its enhanced role as a key strategic partner in Air Force decisionmaking. The Financial Management Vision can be summarized as follows to reflect the development of the FM community:
"Maximize the combat effectiveness achieved with each dollar of taxpayer resources through continuous improvement in resource allocation, analysis, financial services, and execution."