Fiscal law course prepares Virginia Guard personnel for contracting responsibilities

Col. Donald Sutherland (right), the United States Property & Fiscal Officer for the Virginia National Guard and Col. Thomas K. Wark (left), commander of the 192nd Fighter Wing, present Master Sgt. Amy Daniels (center), a contracting officer with the 192nd Fighter Wing, with her $10 million contracting warrant from National Guard Bureau. Daniels heads up the Virginia Air Guard's contracting office. She will now have the ability to sign contracts on behalf of the Virginia Guard. She is just the fourth person in the state to earn this responsibility. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Approximately 85 members of the Virginia Army and Air National Guard attended a three-day fiscal law course Aug. 14-16 at Langley Air Force Base.

The course is a requirement for anyone who deals with money, and a mobile training team from the National Guard Bureau was on hand to lead it, according to Col. Donald Sutherland, the United States Property & Fiscal Officer for the Virginia National Guard. In addition to attending the course, personnel are required to take refresher training every 36 months.

“It’s very important for leaders who make decisions about accomplishing missions and directing their people to spend their money in certain ways to know the basic rules for fiscal law so they are spending that money appropriately,” Sutherland said.

As the course began, Sutherland surprised Master Sgt. Amy Daniels, a contracting officer with the 192nd Fighter Wing, with her $10 million contracting warrant from National Guard Bureau. Daniels, who joined the Virginia Air Guard two years ago after serving on active duty for 13 years, heads up the Air Guard’s contracting office. She will now have the ability to sign contracts on behalf of the Virginia Guard. She is just the fourth person in the state to earn this responsibility.

“Master Sgt. Daniels has been an absolute joy to work with since she got here,” Sutherland said. “She is very technically competent, very level headed, and has great business sense. But up until now she had to do all the hard work herself and then someone in my office had to sign contracts.”

“This allows me the flexibility to execute more projects at my level,” she explained. “And will provide a quicker product for what the unit needs.”

While the Army Guard has had the fiscal law course at Pickett and Army Guard personnel could take the course in other states, Sutherland explained that he wanted to have this event at Langley in order to have maximum participation from the Air Guard.

“I wanted the Army and Air Guard to get together and to have the Air hear the National Guard’s centric fiscal law course,” he said. “That will make things like Master Sgt. Daniels’ procurement decisions easier if she doesn’t have to wrestle with customers over whether or not something is off limits.”


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