AEDC gets new financial management director

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Col. Joel Speight is the new director of Financial Management and Comptroller for Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC).

As the principal financial adviser to the center commander, Colonel Speight directs all financial management functions for AEDC, including budget formulation and execution, cost analysis and accounting, finance services and non-appropriated fund oversight.

After graduating from the Air Force Academy, Colonel Speight was first assigned to the Academy as an admissions counselor in 1986. He was reassigned to Aeronautical Systems Division, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio in 1987.

There he served as a program analysis officer, a training systems cost estimator, an avionics cost analyst and a quality Air Force facilitator and consultant. In 1994, he was assigned to Brooks AFB, Texas where he served as Chief, Research and Development, Financial Analysis branch, Human Systems Center (HSC). He moved to Pope AFB, N.C., in 1997, where he served as the 23rd Fighter Group comptroller.

In 1999, Colonel Speight was assigned to the Headquarters Pacific Air Forces FM staff at Hickam AFB, Hawaii. There he served as section and later branch Chief, Operations & Maintenance Branch. He was the commander and deputy director for the DFAS Limestone field site from July 2001 to July 2004. After reassignment to Kadena AB, Japan, he served as the 18th Wing Comptroller Squadron Commander from July 2004 to July 2006.

He attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, from June 2006 to June 2007. Upon graduation Colonel Speight assumed the position of Chief, Program Integration

Division, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Budget Pentagon, Washington, D.C., in July 2007. In this capacity he led a division integrating Director, Budget Investments totaling $44 billion in Air Force appropriations covering aircraft, missile, ammo and other procurements, military construction, military family housing, base realignment and closure, research, development, test and evaluation, as well as all Government War on Terrorism (GWOT) investments.