Defense Finance
and Accounting Service

Providing payment services of the U.S. Department of Defense



Aaron Gillison, Director, DFAS Indianapolis

Portrait of Aaron Gillison, Deputy Director, DFAS IndianapolisMr. Aaron P. Gillison is the Director of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) Indianapolis, responsible for managing the day-to-day operation of more than 4,000 federal employees providing a range of finance and accounting services to the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and 26 Defense Agencies worldwide. He serves as Client Executive for the U.S. Army, and select Defense Agencies.  Mr. Gillison also serves as the site director for the Emmett J. Bean building, the third largest federal government building.

Prior to this assignment in May 2012, Mr. Gillison served as the DFAS Indianapolis Deputy Director. In this role, he oversaw the diverse operations of the site and provided leadership support to DFAS Texarkana and the contingency support mission of the Expeditionary Support Organization.  During this time, Mr. Gillison also served as the Executive Champion for the agency’s Hire a Hero program.

From September 2008 to August 2010, he was Director, DFAS Rome, located in Central New York State, providing accounting support to the U.S. Army, Army Central Command; the Accounting Center of Excellence for U.S. Special Operations Command; and Army and Navy Medical Commands. Mr. Gillison also served as the Acting Director for DFAS Limestone, Maine, from March to August 2008, supporting the U.S. Air Force. Before that, he was the Director of the Finance Mission Area for Standards and Compliance in Indianapolis, from January 2006 until March 2008. In that position he had oversight responsibility for pay services and disbursing operations to DoD for Active, National Guard, and Reserve military pay, civilian pay, travel pay, retired and annuitant pay, and Overseas Military Banking.  During 2007-2008, he also served as the DFAS Program Manager for Wounded Warrior Pay Management and supported the DoD and the Department of Veteran Affairs efforts to enhance the financial component of wounded warrior care. Mr. Gillison also served as the DFAS Director of Military Pay from July 2005 to January 2006 where he directed day-to-day military pay operations for the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.

Prior to joining DFAS, Mr. Gillison completed a career with the U.S. Army as an officer, where he served in a multitude of assignments from the Airborne Infantry to Financial Management at tactical levels to HQDA and a joint unified command.  Some of his active duty assignments included Commander of the 13th Finance Group supporting the III Armored Corps; Executive Officer to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management; Chief, Program Analysis Division for the Army G4; Commander, 215th Finance Battalion supporting the III Corps and then 1st Cavalry Division; and as the Chief of Operations and Maintenance Budget Branch for the U.S. Special Operations Command. He also served in leadership and financial management positions overseas in Egypt, Korea, and Bosnia.

Mr. Gillison earned the Airborne, Air Assault, and Expert Infantryman Badges, the Army Staff Identification Badge, and was designated as a Joint Specialty Officer.  He has earned a number of civilian and military awards, including the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Mr. Gillison holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana; and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.  He completed APEX 32 and is a graduate of the Office of Personnel Management Federal Executive Institute Leadership for Democratic Society Program.
Updated June 11, 2012