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Al Runnels

Former Executive, American Society of Military Comptrollers

Resourcing and Financial Management

Mr. Runnels most recently served as the Executive of the American Society of Military Comptrollers from October 1, 2012 to November 8, 2021, where he led ASMC programs and operations devoted to supporting the defense financial management community regarding financial management training, professional development, certification, and ethics.

He served over 35 years in the United States government, including approximately 10 years at the Senior Executive Service level.

During his 27-year career in the U.S. Army, Mr. Runnels commanded up through brigade level and also served as Chief of the Operations Branch in the J-8 Directorate of The Joint Staff in the Pentagon. He served as the first Commander of the 18th Soldier Support Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, NC, which consolidated Corps support responsibilities for the provision of personnel and finance services and operations under one group commander, including responsibilities of the XVIII Airborne Corps Finance Officer, Corps Adjutant General, and Commander of the North Carolina Area Casualty Command.

Mr. Runnels deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in 2003 and served in dual roles as Chief of the Pentagon/Coalition Provisional Authority Management Liaison Cell (representing the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)) and as Chief Financial Officer of the Coalition Provisional Authority. He later served as the Deputy Director of Military, Civilian, and Retired Pay Services and as the Director of Standards and Compliance within the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.

Following his assignments in DOD, he served for three years as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer of the Department of the Treasury and then as the Acting Deputy Director of the United States Mint, overseeing operations at the HQ in Washington, DC; the Mints in Denver, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and West Point; and the US Bullion Depository at Fort Knox, KY.

Mr. Runnels is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and was among a group of three who established the Association for Federal Enterprise Risk Management, where he served as a Board member for seven years, including a term as President.

A 1974 graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in accounting, Mr. Runnels received an M.B.A. from Syracuse University and a Master of Strategic Resources Management from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is both a Certified Defense Financial Manager (with Acquisition specialty) and a Certified Government Financial Manager. His military and civilian awards include the Army Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Department of the Treasury Meritorious Service Award, Defense Finance and Accounting Service Distinguished Service Award, and U.S. Army Finance Regiment Distinguished Member Medal.


DMI Publications

Enterprise Risk Management: A Guide for Government Professionals, November 10, 2014