Nesta Garner

Retention in Financial Management

Retention in Financial Management

In this episode of Office Call, Lt Col John Forbes and Lt Col Dane Franta discuss retention within the Air Force Financial Management (FM) career field. It is said the military as a whole is in a talent war with the private sector. Both entities are seeking to attract and retain capable hardworking innovated individuals who exhibit strong character. The two give their thoughts on retention through the lens of FM as a whole, what the career field should do, and share personal stories from their careers. Lt Col Dane G. Franta is the 502d Comptroller Squadron Commander for the 502d Air Base Wing, providing support to Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. Lt Col Franta directly manages the budget execution and accounting of $450 million used for installation support for the 502d’s 266 mission partners. He is directly responsible for providing pay and travel services to 250,000 active duty, reserve, civilian, and retired personnel, while providing accounting, budgeting, costing, and resource management services. Additionally, he serves as a liaison for all external audits performed at Joint Base San Antonio as well as the financial institution representative for seven banks and credit unions. He leads a staff of 150 personnel across three bases, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, and Joint Base San Antonio- Randolph. Lt Col Franta graduated from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN in 2004 with a degree in Economics and was commissioned through the Air Force ROTC program. He leads without fear to build future leaders. He strives to challenge the status quo and the concept of doing things the way they’ve always been done. Ultimately, he seeks to manage resources through efficient, yet effective, processes to provide the maximum impact with a logical effort. Podcast mentions: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson Everything Is F*cked by Mark Manson Catch-22 by Joseph Heller The Kill Chain by Christian Brose Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (Gregory Hays’s translation)

Duration: 47 min

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