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Ms. Tesa L. Lanoy

Ms. Tesa L. Lanoy

Chief Financial Officer/Comptroller, U.S. Special Operations Command

Tesa L. Lanoy, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Chief Financial Officer/Comptroller, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. She is the principal financial advisor to the Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, and the chief spokesperson for special operations budget and execution issues totaling more than $13 billion annually. Her office provides fiscal direction and guidance to the four USSOCOM component commands, a sub-unified command and seven theater special operations commands, and regularly interfaces with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the military services and Congressional staffs. 

Ms. Lanoy, a native of Ohio, began her civil service career as a cooperative education student with the Air Force while at the University of Dayton. She has more than 30 years of experience with the Department of Defense and has held positions in budget formulation, resource management and program control. Her experience spans several appropriations and functional areas, including budget, audit and logistics. Ms. Lanoy deployed in support of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Lanoy served as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer/Comptroller for U.S. Special Operations Command. 


1992 Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, University of Dayton, Ohio (Honors)  2000 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence 

2001 Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College,  Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. 

2015 Master of Strategic Studies, Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 


1. May 1989 - September 1995, Auditor, Wright-Patterson Area Audit Office, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 

2. September 1995 - July 2000, Auditor, Pacific Area Audit Office, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan 

3. August 2000 - June 2001, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 4. June 2001 - June 2005, Audit Manager, Financial Systems Audit Directorate, March Joint Reserve Base, Calif. 

5. June 2005 - July 2009, Team Chief, European Area Audit Office, Ramstein AB, Germany

6. July 2009 - January 2011, Legislative Fellow, Secretary of the Air Force Legislative Liaison, Washington D.C. 

7. January 2011 - February 2012, Chief, Flying Hour Program, Weapon Systems Readiness Division, Directorate of Resource Integration, DCS for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. 8. February 2012 - June 2014, Chief, Supply Programs, Weapon Systems Readiness Division, Directorate of Resource Integration, DCS for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. 

9. June 2014 - May 2015, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 10. June 2015 - October 2017, (Career Broadener) Lead Integration Analyst, Capabilities and Analysis Division, Directorate of Logistics, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C. 11. October 2017 - August 2020, Chief, Budget Operations Division, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, Headquarters United States Air Force, Washington, D.C. 

12. August 2020 – February 2023, Deputy Chief Financial Officer/Comptroller, U.S.  Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla. 

13. March 2022 – April 2022, Detailed as Acting Deputy Director of Staff, Office of the Department of the Air Force Secretariate Director of Staff, Headquarters Department of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 

14. February 2023 – Present, Chief Financial Officer/Comptroller, U.S. SOCOM, MacDill AFB, Fla 


2004 Air Force Special Act or Service Award 

2008 Secretary of Defense Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Medal 2014 Spirit of Service Award 

2014, 2020 Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award 

2015 Master’s thesis selected by Air War College for publication: “Reiki: Application as a Modality of Integrative Therapy for Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Other Wounded Warrior Issues,” Air University, 2015 

2022 Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service Award 

Notable Achievement Award (10) 


Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants 

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 

American Society of Military Comptrollers 

Air Force Association 

Logistics Officers Association (Executive Board, Chief Information Officer, 2016-2018) Just Initiative (Board of Directors, Treasurer, 2022-present) 


Certified Public Accountant  

Certified Internal Auditor 

Certificate in Legislative Studies, Georgetown University  

Department of Defense Certified Life Cycle Logistician – Level II 

Department of Defense Certified Financial Manager – Level III


  • We are extremely excited to convene the community at SOF Week 2024. This convention for U.S. and International SOF will include a diverse slate of programs, to include professional development sessions, interactive discussions about the future of SOF, and an up-close view of some of the best tech available to our warfighters. GSOF looks forward to working with USSOCOM to make SOF Week 2024 an impactful event.
    Stuart Bradin
    President and CEO, GSOF


Co-sponsorship of this event does not imply endorsement of GSOF, its services, or products by the United States Government, the Department of Defense, or U.S. Special Operations Command.