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3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)
BALAD, Iraq - 06.18.2009
The "High Rollers" of the 208th Financial Management Company, 10th Sustainment Brigade Troops Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, play a major role in the mission to provide battlefield finance support to Soldiers and civilians throughout central Iraq.
This disbursing station, DSSN 5579, is the largest disbursing operation across the Army. Despite adding and subtracting numbers on a daily basis, frequently working long hours seven days a week, collectively transporting more than $100 million from Balad, Iraq, we were each able to set and exceed the Army weapons qualification and Army physical fitness test standards by earning the Sharpshooter and Expert badges, and an overall average of 100% first time Go's on the Army physical fitness test.
The "High Rollers" are currently in charge of six detachments operating in several contingency locations providing first class financial support to more than 5,000 Department of Defense civilians.
Cpl. Son Nguyen, a 208th Financial Management Company, 10th Sustainment Brigade Troops Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade Soldier, and a native of Atlanta, Ga., is currently in charge of tracking all memorandums of agreement between the company representatives and the disbursing officer for DoD employees and ensuring they receive good quality service from our local finance offices. According to Nguyen, "It is too easy. I like my job and I make sure the Soldiers and DoD employees are taken care of."
We also provide support to our fellow comrades by ensuring their combat and noncombat entitlements are in effect on the date of arrival in a timely manner.
Our finance offices provide numerous ways for customers to receive cash and we often make exceptions to assist with situations that are out of their control.
A service member can receive a Casual Pay in the amount of $350 under emergency conditions, and $550 for R&R purposes. Both civilians and Soldiers have the opportunity to cash personal checks within the policy and regulatory guidance.
Additionally, the Eagle Cash Card is another way to get access to cash from the finance offices. This device is a cash management tool designed to support our U.S. military personnel and DoD employees in the combat zones by improving the convenience for the Soldiers and other authorized personnel.
The Eagle Cash cards are a type of payment card referred to as Stored Value Cards and can interface with automated kiosk devices located at convenient locations on the camp or base, which allow enrolled cardholders self-service access to funds in their checking or savings accounts. The funds on the card can be used to purchase goods and services at the Post Exchange or Base Exchange, Postal Facility and most concessionaires on base.
In comparison to five other financial management companies operating in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the 208th FM Company has produced the most business on a monthly basis. We are able to process the daily business by preparing the STANFINS file that is sent to DFAS on a daily basis by Spc. Jacob Garza, a native of Falfurrias, Texas.
The Daily Statement of Accountability form is prepared by 1st Lt. Keyia Carlton, the deputy disbursing officer for the 208th FM Company, and a native of Norwood, Mass. Sgt. 1st Class Patricia Simmons, the disbursing manager from the island of Saint Vincent, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, oversees all functions of the disbursing operation. She's also in charge of paying out all Electronic Funds Transfer contracts in our area of responsibility. Currently Simmons has accurately paid for more than $130 million in contracts. "My job is very easy as long as you have the proper tools needed to get the mission a success. As long as the payments are done in a timely manner the vendor receives the money within 48 to 72 hours," says Simmons. She's very competent at what she does especially when it comes to the mission and is always by-the-book.
The "High Rollers" are doing an outstanding job by providing first class finance support and excellent customer service to all U.S. military personnel as well as DoD employees