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Tarah Mitchell '07

Major: Economics
Company: 19th Airlift Wing Comptroller Squadron
Title: Budget Officer
Field of Work: Military

What do you do?

I manage an $80M budget for the 19th Airlift Wing, the home of C-130 Combat Airlift for the U.S. Air Force.

How did you become interested in your field?

AFROTC, and family.

What, if any, additional education (degree, discipline, institution) have you earned?

MBA in finance and MS in cost analysis.

What skills are vital for success in your field?

Organization, mathematical/computation, responsibility, integrity, public speaking, effective communication, excellence, attention to detail, personality, dedication, discipline, honor, leadership, followership, initiative.

What experiences, internships, study, or previous jobs helped you get to your current position?

Over eight years in the financial management (FM) career field in the Air Force, including two FM-focused deployments overseas; three degrees in the finance/statistics arena.

What advice do you have for current students interested in your field?

Never stop learning; seek developmental opportunities; stay abreast of current events, especially those impacting DoD and government economy/budget.