Accounting and finance in the center days.


At various points during their histories, the military services each operated a service-unique accounting and finance center. The St. Louis Army Finance Center, formerly a government ordinance plant, handled Army operations until the plant was reactivated during the Korean War. In 1950 the Congress appropriated $23 million to build a new facility at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. In 1974, upon adding accounting duties, this center became known as the U.S. Army Finance and Accounting Center.


The Army Center included an Air Force Finance Division until the Air Force Finance Center (AFFC) opened in Denver in 1951. When the new Army and Air Force centers were established, some personnel being reassigned to the sites filled their cars with military pay records in order to be able to hit the ground running at their new assignments. The AFFC, housed in a former Army Medical Depot, began operations with just over 2,700 people, boasted an initial $11 million annual payroll and, according to a Denver Post article of that era, constituted a "new industry" for the area. In 1957 the AFFC...

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