G8 team strives to meet 2ID's financial needs
October 22, 2008
When the 2nd Infantry Division Resource Management Office (G8) provides financial and manpower services to their Soldiers and Service members, they work together as a team.
The G8 office's everyday job is to provide financial analysis and information, and maintain the 2ID Headquarters financial records.
Ko, Un Yong, the Budget Officer, recently earned the Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM) license.
This exam covers three modules: Resource Management Environment; Budget and Cost Analysis; and Accounting and Finance.
The exam requires testers to be skilled and familiar in many financial areas.
The CDFM exam is sponsored by the American Society for Military Comptrollers and the Department of Defense, and covers 12 core competencies.
Ko not only passed every core the first time, but is also teaching CDFM classes to other Korean civilian employees in the G8 office.
During the class, he teaches them with a challenging environment.
Since their first language is not English, the class can be difficult, but Ko teaches them with effort and recommends they take exams.
The Korean employees are financial and manpower analysts.
Many of them passed in certain modules and Ko is satisfied with the results, just for now. "I will keep pushing them to take the CDFM exam," he said. "They have the potential to pass the test. If they earn the CDFM license, it is good for them, but also good for 2ID. This means we are reliable and certified financial experts."
"I like to work at this office every day," said Sgt. Jung, Da Hyun, assistant budget analyst. "When I first came here, I did not know what was going on in the office. However, all the Soldiers and civilian workers helped me and now I know how the office really operates. Capt. Earl Vegafria, budget officer, is my best teacher. Because of him, I learned a variety of financial and manpower management skills."
Ko and Vegafria are currently two of 2ID's Lean Six Sigma candidates. Lean Six Sigma is a campaign to improve manufacturing processes and eliminate deficiency down to 0.0003.
"We must cross-train our people and learn as much as we can from each other," said Lt. Col. Stephen Kent, G8 budget officer.
"It is our duty to build a smarter, more lethal workforce. A smarter workforce is a stronger, more capable workforce."
"We work hard every day as a team to ensure the work gets done in a timely but very professional manner," said Yi, Sung Kwon, Korean budget analyst. "Each member is a valuable asset. After we all earn the CDFM, the G8 office definitely can serve the 2ID as financial experts. We are committed to the success of the mission and to the standard of 2ID."