Since the days of ancient Rome, armies have rallied under flags, which serve as symbols of unity cohesion and are used to show the peaceful transfer of command from one leader to another.
This remained the case when Soldiers and civilian employees of the U.S. Army Financial Management Command saw the command’s flag, also known as the colors, transferred to Col. Paige M. Jennings during a assumption of command ceremony at Maj. Gen. Emmett J. Bean Federal Center in Indianapolis July 15.
“Throughout my career and in my short time in this command it is amazing to see the relentless efforts of what we do here [in USAFMCOM], taking care of people and making sure we’re ready, one transaction at a time, ”Jennings said in her first official speech after taking command.
“This is an incredible day in terms of yet another opportunity to recognize the history and lineage of this organization,” said Gen. Edward M. Daly, commanding general of US Army Materiel Command, who has presided over the ceremony. “This organization is the military’s execution arm for all financial and control operations throughout the military, and it’s a spectacular mission set.”
Jennings noted that many Command staff are currently engaged around the world as they increasingly deploy secure e-commerce technologies; develop business intelligence capabilities; prepare the closing of the coming financial year; train finance and controller soldiers as they deploy; and ensure that the military is auditable and accountable to the US taxpayer.
“The people who work in this organization are unsung heroes and they really set an example in terms of professionalism, competence and in terms of dedication and selfless service,” said Daly. “It’s essential, it’s important and it’s fundamental to what our soldiers and their families need… so know that you are making a difference. “
“You miss no opportunity to make a difference every day, and as a new commander, I promise you the same level of dedication and enthusiasm as we continue this mission together,” added Jennings. “As we look at what the future holds for all of us here at USAFMCOM, I want you to know that I am truly excited about the limitless possibilities here to serve our Army soldiers, civilian employees and their families.”
“When we look at an organization like this, it needs great leadership,” Daly said after listing several of USAFMCOM’s major accomplishments. “We look to the best and the brightest, so it’s no coincidence today that we bring a great commander in Paige Jennings.”
Jennings, a native of Missoula, MT, began his military career in 1995 after graduating from the Distinguished Military Degree from the ROTC program at the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting.
“In 1995, that day, I was sworn in, pinned to my second lieutenant bars at the University of Montana, and started my journey in the Army Finance Corps,” recalls Jennings.
However, Daly said Jennings’ journey up to this point began long before that.
“I want to recognize Paige’s parents, Alan and Natalie Stohle because Paige doesn’t come here by chance,” he said. “She got here thanks to a lot of support and a great foundation that you set up as parents, and we really appreciate all you’ve done to make Paige the officer and the person she is today. hui. ”
Jennings also thanked her parents for their roles in her life and for their service as educators for over 40 years each.
“They absolutely made me the person I am today,” she agreed.
The week also marked another special milestone for the new USAFMCOM commander and her Missoula-born husband Larry Jennings as the two celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary two days after the ceremony.
“Larry, I’m so excited. We started a journey 28 years ago and I’m so happy you can be here with me, ”she told her husband. “I love you so much.”
The colonel also thanked his daughter Amanda and his son Laurence for their support throughout his career.
“Your father and I are very proud of all that you have accomplished and all that you will become, and we are delighted to see you continue to grow and mature,” she told her children.
With history and memories galore, Jennings gifted another tie from the present to his early days in the military.
“After graduating from the Basic Finance Officer Course at Fort Jackson, SC, I went to my first duty station in December 1995 and was greeted there by the best team I have ever had. a brand new young second lieutenant could ask, ”she reminded herself. “There was Sergeant Hunter, Specialist Ade, Specialist Barkley and a fantastic young corporal by the name of Kenneth F. Law.
“Yes, that’s right, Sergeant Major Law, who now serves as USAFMCOM’s command sergeant major,” Jennings continued. “Twenty-five years later, I have the privilege of working alongside an incredible NCO who, along with many other incredible NCOs, shaped, mentored and made me the officer I am today. “
After those early days, Jennings served in various leadership and staff roles, providing financial management, programming, budget and resource support to the military, special operations forces and organizations. defense intelligence.
According to her official biography, she served in Baumholder, Germany; the 101st Airborne Division and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment at Fort. Campbell, Kentucky; Ft. Meade, Maryland; Ft. Eustis, Virginia; Ft. Belvoir, Virginia; Alexandria, Virginia; Austin, Texas; and the Pentagon.
She also served as the Headquarters Commander of the 8th Finance Battalion and Alpha Detachments; Comptroller and Deputy Commander, US Army Operations Support Element for Resources; the head of intelligence and security command resources; US Army Term Command Task Force Resourcing Team Leader; and Controller of the AFC and Director of Resource Management.
“She knows the military,” Daly said. “You can look at her bio and you can see what she is reading, but more importantly you can see the power behind the missions that gave her the knowledge, skills and attributes to be able to take on the colors today and to be able to move this organization in the future.
“There’s no question that she’s a great soldier, she’s a fantastic officer, and she’s going to be a spectacular commander,” the general continued. “We wouldn’t pass him the colors today if we didn’t think he was.”
Speaking to the soldiers and civilian employees she now commands, Jennings made several commitments.
“I will give you all I have and equal you one for one in your efforts as we continue to serve the military,” she said. “I promise that I will listen to and respect you, provide guidance and work side by side as we lead the military into the future.”
In return, the colonel set out his expectations.
“I ask you to continue to innovate and to move us forward, to keep service at the forefront of everything you do and to continue to take care of our army as much as you have done,” she said. concluded. “Most importantly, take care of yourself, your families and each other, because in the end, that’s what matters most.”
USAFMCOM enables U.S. Army readiness by serving as the Army’s focal point for all financial operations and as a controller while providing capabilities that facilitate accountability, auditability, and stewardship.
|Date posted:||07/19.2021 17:23|
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