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The sound of shuffling papers and the ringing of office phones in a distant cubicle creates comfortable white noise, but this seemingly unremarkable office handles payroll for more than 33,700 order professionals who expect to be paid accurately and time. This small office also manages more than $900 million in support of Air Force Global Strike Command headquarters and its nine geographically separated wings. All of this financial weight rests on the shoulders of AFGSC’s Financial Management Office.

AFGSC FM has the daunting task of building, maintaining and providing annual budget decision support for the Commander of AFGSC, General Anthony Cotton. Funds from this budget ensure that AFGSC Airmen and civilians are paid and have the facilities and tools necessary to do their jobs. These same people manage the requirements of the global AFGSC bomber fleet, ICBM fleet and support operations. These men and women enable AFGSC to fulfill its mission: to provide strategic deterrence for the nation and its allies.

“AFGSC’s financial management touches on everything,” said David W. Sommers, intercontinental ballistic missile budget analyst with AFGSC’s Office of Financial Management and Analysis. “No mission can be accomplished without dollars and that’s where we come in,” Sommers added. “The Air Force cannot obtain weapons, fuel, ammunition, personnel, medical care, or defense without dollars. We facilitate all facets of defense and peace for the United States and the free world, not only on the ground, in the air and in cyberspace, but now in space; all culminating in total force modernization, training, missile evolution, competition and to strategic planning.

Maintaining these systems is no small feat. That’s why the FM team is doing what they can to get people paid and to have the space and tools to carry out this important mission. Simply put, a mechanic can’t turn a key on an airplane unless someone buys the key first.

“You don’t fly without money,” said Mary Lane, chief budget analyst at AFGSC’s FMAO. “We are responsible for two-thirds of the nuclear triad. Everything we do has, in some way, a direct or indirect impact. Whether real contracts with supply, steel or people.

All that money has to come from somewhere. With a budget of more than $900 million from Congress to use in fiscal year 2022, every penny needs to be accounted for. All this money must be allocated to expenses before the end of the financial year, which takes place on September 30 at midnight. According to Colonel Christine Millard, Chief of AFGSC’s Financial Management Analysis Division, it is essential to meet this deadline.

“The budget office isn’t just pushing papers,” Millard said. “There have been times in my career where mission accomplishment could really have been compromised had it not been for FM’s ability to move money from place to place to pay for these critical needs.”

Everyone in FM is focused on the AFGSC mission, but the well-being of Airmen is always at the forefront of their efforts. This is especially poignant, given that there is no mission without people.

“People are our biggest focus,” Lane added. She went on to explain that morale is one of their biggest concerns, especially since the majority of AFGSC bases exist in the north, an area known for its austere weather conditions.

“We care a lot about doing our job well,” said retired Col. Deron Wendt, head of the Budget Integration Branch at AFGSC FMAO. “We need to take care of these people, whether it’s equipping our Airmen with cold weather gear or the equipment needed to maintain our aircraft and nuclear assets. Taking care of the basic needs of our Airmen, whether it’s a coat, a wrench or a working computer, is an integral part of our daily work.

These experts make it their personal and professional goal to ensure that Striker Airmen are well taken care of, both at home and at work. In doing so, these same strikers are always ready and able to provide strategic deterrence, global strike and combat support to the nation and its allies.


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