With fall in full swing, holidays are right around the corner and we have a lot happening at ASMC HQ. We wanted to take a moment to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and share some news.

The Fall Edition of our Armed Forces Comptroller, “ASMC Chapters: Contributing to the Defense Financial Management Profession” is Out!
This issue is decorated with articles focusing on ASMC Chapter best practices. Articles from various chapters span topics from reviving chapters, to engagement of early careerists, to conducting a Mini-PDI. Check out the current issue online and don’t forget to take the quiz for an opportunity to earn a few extra CPE’s toward your recertification.

National Essay Competition
It’s time again for ASMC’s National Essay Competition. Due February 28, submissions must be written on the current topic for 2017: “If the President nominated you to serve as Comptroller/Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Defense, what would you target as your three most important financial management goals and why?” Read more information on submission specifics.

Become a CDFM!
While many defense financial managers have achieved their required DoD FM Certification (DFMCP), the CDFM and CDFM-A remain a valuable and prestigious test-based credential. As a reminder, the DFMCP recommends that DoD FMers obtain a test-based certification at Levels 2 and 3. Among test-based certifications, the CDFM is most closely aligned to defense FM competency areas. The CDFM and CDFM-A certifications set individuals apart from their peers, since they indicate that in general, an individual holding them possesses a broader understanding of all of the FM competency areas. It is also reflective of determination, drive, and initiative to take the extra step in enhancing their professional development and value to the overall defense FM community. Only 13% of the approximate 54,000 defense FMers possess the CDFM. CDFM or CDFM-A Exams are offered daily worldwide via computers located at installation Education Centers and at Pearson VUE testing centers. More info about CDFM Enrollment. For more info about testing. If you have additional questions please contact certification@asmconline.org.

Enhanced Defense Financial Management Training Course (EDFMTC)
For DoD employees who wish to take advantage of the 5-Day government-funded EDFMTC, please visit bit.ly/EDFMcourses for the FY 2017 schedule to register for a course offered in your vicinity.

Chapter/Organization Course Registration
ASMC has licensed two vendors to deliver instructor-led courses at your organization. Learn and apply the latest developments in DoD Financial Management, Acquisition Business Management, and/or Fiscal Law while saving on tuition, travel cost, and time. To schedule a course, please contact Rich Arns of Archway Training or Amanda Alter of the Graduate School.

Individual Course Registration
To find out more about ASMC’s education opportunities, please visit:


ASMC Membership Dues Increase
As a reminder, for those of you that may not have received our communication, effective 1 January 2017 annual membership dues will increase from $26 to $40 and three-year membership dues will increase from $75 to $114. If you have not already done so, you still have until the end of the year to make a one-time renewal of your membership, extending the period for an additional one or three years. To take advantage of this opportunity and renew your membership at the current rate. Read the full message.

National Awards Program
ASMC annually recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of its chapters, membership, and the defense financial management community through our National Awards Program. This program encompasses individual and team achievement awards, scholarships, educational grants, an essay contest, chapter recognition, and a variety of other individual based awards. Here you can find a list of awards and rules. Deadlines are quickly approaching, so don’t delay!

ASMC National PDI 2017 is May 31 – June 2, 2017 in San Diego! We expect to have registration available NLT mid-March 2017. The PDI 2017 theme is “Catching the Wave … Audit Ready” Michael Durant, pilot of Blackhawk Super 64 that was downed during the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia will be one of our General Session speakers. He will speak about mission, leadership, and unity in dealing with challenging situations.

Virtual PDI can help you acquire some extra credits toward your CDFM, CDFM-A, or DoD FM recertification.

Update your member profile to provide us your current contact info, especially if you have recently relocated, so you continue to receive the Armed Forces Comptroller. Also, you can update your chapter designation when you move to a new location and associate with the chapter there. It’s no longer necessary to send a note to HQ asking us to change your chapter designation. Lastly, using your personal email address in your profile avoids lapses in ASMC HQ communication with you in the event you change jobs and your work email address changes.

Any questions? Contact Brian Gresham, Associate Director for Communications and Public Affairs at gresham@asmconline.org.
We thank you for your service to our Nation and your ASMC membership.