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21st CPTS Airman selected for panel

Senior Airman Sean Musrasrik, 21st Comptroller Squadron financial operations technician, completes work at his desk Aug. 18, 2020, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. Musrasrik was one of six Airmen selected to speak during the first Financial Management Airmen’s Panel Aug. 12, 2020. (Air Force photo by Marcus Hill)

Senior Airman Sean Musrasrik, 21st Comptroller Squadron financial operations technician, completes work at his desk Aug. 18, 2020, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. Musrasrik was one of six Airmen selected to speak during the first Financial Management Airmen’s Panel Aug. 12, 2020. (Air Force photo by Marcus Hill)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Senior Airman Sean Musrasrik, 21st Comptroller Squadron financial operations technician at Schriever Air Force Base, was one of six Airmen across the Air Force selected to speak on the first Financial Management Airmen’s Panel Aug. 12, 2020.

More than 100 Airmen attended the webinar where Chief Master Sgt. Kendall Briscoe, Executive for Enlisted Matters to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, gathered ideas from Airmen and provided the opportunity for the financial management community to learn different perspectives from across the Air Force.

“You tend to hear a lot of opinions and ideas of leadership, but you don’t always hear to get it from the technicians and Airmen,” Musrasrik said. “For us to be able to have the chance to talk about issues that we can fix and we see, what is going right or wrong, was a good opportunity.”

The 21st CPTS got an email from Briscoe a month prior to the meeting seeking an Airman for the call. Musrasrik earned the opportunity after his leadership submitted his name forward to Briscoe.

Master Sgt. Jonathan Mollison, 21st CPTS superintendent, recognized Musrasrik‘s diligence, work ethic and his background could help him represent the Comptroller Squadron well. 

“Master Sergeant [Jonathan] Mollison was the one who asked if I wanted to do [the webinar],” Musrasrik said. “Before he could finish asking the question, I said ‘Absolutely.’ Chief Master Sergeant Briscoe wanted to find sharp Airmen who weren’t afraid to give their perspective, and I was fortunate they chose me.”

Mollison said Musrasrik earned multiple quarterly awards and his credibility, as well as his breadth of experience enabled him to fulfill his role in the webinar.

“Musrasrik has been to multiple bases and often times, you’ll have someone who’s been in five years and has only been to one base,” Mollison said. “He has experience and understands there’s not just one way to do something. That makes our team stronger and faster.”

Musrasrik said he wanted to speak on the panel to be a “voice for the voiceless” in the financial management community.

“I wanted to get out there, give my perspective and get other Airmen’s perspectives,” Musrasrik said. “You don’t always get the opinions from the technicians and Airmen who are in the weeds doing the dirty work. I think our opinions hold a lot of weight.”

Mollison agrees with the importance of hearing not only Musrasrik’s thoughts, but the other Airmen who provided their viewpoints.

“They’re the ones who turn the metaphorical wrench each day,” Mollison said. “They’re the ones who roll up their sleeves to help customers, complete travel vouchers, military pay transactions and more. To hear their concerns and perspectives regarding what they think will be the future of the Air Force is important.” 

The webinar lasted nearly two hours and covered a myriad of topics including thoughts on the upcoming programs and systems such as the Air Force Integrated Personnel and Pay System, which will go online in 2022.

Musrasrik said AFIPPS “will change the finance career field” and will integrate personnel and financial systems to take the process from multiple steps to one.

“So if you get married, normally, you have to go to the [Military Personnel Flight] to update that information,” Musrasrik said. “Then, you have to come to finance. The idea [with the system] is in two years or so, you’ll only have to go to one of them.”

Airmen also discussed what advice they’d give to noncommissioned officers in charge and supervisors to provide better leadership, processes and programs financial management can eliminate to save time, how to enhance diversity, the best aspects of being in financial management and adjusting to change.

“I make sure to focus on what I can control,” Musrasrik said. “If that’s me answering phone calls or replying to emails, whatever I can do, I give 100%. That’s what I voiced during the webinar. I want to show people we’re dedicated. My desire to be the best at what I do motivates me to come in a little earlier or stay later.”

Mollison said he was grateful with Musrasrik’s display during the webinar and said he’s an “outstanding” Airman who is always willing to assist with the mission any way he can to help his Wingmen.

“Musrasrik’s great at his job from a technical level and also accepts new challenges,” Mollison said. “That’s what the Air and Space Force’s need, Airmen who don’t shy away from challenge. They learn something, then master it and then reach out to find a new skill or new aspect of the job and ultimately become well-rounded.”

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