Camp Lemonnier Graduates first CFS ClassBy: Petty Officer 1
Class Shawn D. Graham, CJTF HOA Public AffairsCAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (July 30, 2010) – Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti congratulated itsfirst ever graduates of Command Financial Specialist (CFS) course July 30. The five-day CFScourse assists leaders in teaching service members how to become financially stable. It alsodisseminates critical financial information."This course is targeted toward the leadership standpoint because you are leading junior troopsevery day and they should feel comfortable coming to talk to their leaders," said CLDJ financialmanagement specialist Matt Salas. "We have CFS leaders available at nearly every command onthe base. Having trained specialists at different commands makes it easier for any Sailor,Soldier, Marine or Airman to seek guidance and receive financial counseling."For some Sailors, a retirement fund or an emergency fund is not part of their financial thinking pattern, or perhaps, out of reach due to debt or bad spending habits. A command financialspecialist focuses on what Sailors can do to immediately understand their finances, and also howto assist in planning for the future."As leaders you have to mentor the junior Sailors. We should teach them early how to use theThrift Savings Plan and how to save," said U.S. Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Rosa Wilson,CLDJ command master chief. "The leaders that have been trained in this class can make a bigdifference in a service member’s life."According to Salas, a CFS can help target problems, offer resources and set up budgets. Theyalso help develop spending and saving plans to reach desired goals.Throughout the course several participants analyzed their own spending habits, discoveringfinancial methods they could change in order to save money. The Career Development andResource Center (CDRC), a department within FFSC stresses the importance of financialmanagement to Sailors."The financial worksheet we did for our own finances really opened my eyes,” said U.S. NavyPetty Officer 1
Class Katherine Benjamin. “I started to re-evaluate what's important in my lifeand where I can save little bit here and there. Saving just a few extra dollars can be veryimportant, especially over the course of a few years."