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Ms. Caral Spangler

Financial Management and Comptroller

The Honorable Caral E. Spangler was sworn in as the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller) on August 17, 2021 and serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of the Army on all matters related to Financial Management and Comptrollership. In this role, she is responsible for resourcing America’s Army through policies and activities, including budget formulation and execution, disbursement, and audit compliant financial statements.
Ms. Spangler has over 39-years of government service, serving as a career member of the Senior Executive Service in every military service and the Pentagon comptroller's office. Prior to her current role, she served with the US Marine Corps (USMC) as the Assistant Deputy Commandant for Program and Resources, responsible for advising the Commandant, Assistant Commandant, and Deputy Commandant for Programs and Resources on budget, financial operations and financial audit issues impacting the Marine Corps with oversight of Marine Corps' Budget and Execution Division, Fiscal Division, and the Technology Services Organization.
Ms. Spangler served as the Principal Deputy ASA(FMC), Office of the ASA(FMC), Pentagon, Washington, D.C., where she advised the Assistant Secretary and the Army leadership on matters relating to Army finance, accounting, financial systems, financial management workforce development, and cost and economic activities.
Prior to serving with the Army, Ms. Spangler was the Deputy for Budget, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Financial Management and Comptroller), responsible for planning and directing Air Force budget formulation and execution of appropriations totaling more than $160 billion annually. She led a staff of civilian and military financial managers to develop, defend and execute funding to support military operations and Air Force priorities at the direction of Congress, the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Air Force.
Ms. Spangler was the Assistant Deputy Commandant for Resources (USMC), also known as the Fiscal Director. As such, she was responsible for the formulation and execution of the Marine Corps' $31B budget, and had responsibility for financial systems, accounting, and financial improvement. She was the community leader for the USMC financial management community and held positions of increasing responsibility within the Navy and the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Comptroller) in the areas of budget formulation, program integration and resource management. She has experience with every appropriation category.
Ms. Spangler has a Master in Public Administration from Syracuse University, New York, and Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Michigan State University.