Finance Soldiers help fellow finance Soldiers
April 29, 2009
CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - The Mannheim, Germany based 208th Financial Management Company, 10th Sustainment Brigade Troops Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade arrived here in January and took control of one of the largest financial disbursing operation in Iraq.
An enormous undertaking, the 208th FM Co., took on a huge mission - battlefield finance support - and were augmented by several detachment Soldiers from Alpha Company, 125th FM Co.; 9th FM Co.; and Delta, 101st FM Co.
Sgt. Lester Standifer, resident of Orlando, Fla., and Det. A, 125th FM Co., military pay review section noncommissioned officer in charge, advised unit commanders and detachment level military pay managers on policy, procedures and technical issues affecting the pay of Soldiers.
The Det. A, 9th FM Co., provided an additional nine Soldiers to the Headquarters, 208th FM Co., mission. Augmenting the disbursing and operations sections, these Soldiers are essential to safeguarding public funds and the movement of finance resources on the battlefield.
"I was working 128 hours per week before Alpha ninth got here, now I can finally get a little rest," said Sgt. Robert Rhudy of Charleston, W.V., and ecstatic to see such motivated volunteers brought into the headquarters.
Spc. Kealohalani Hanato of Hilo, Hawaii, working with the disbursing section said, "I'll always be an Alpha Knight but I'm very excited and pleased to be here."
"I book and track flights all day long. Who knew the Army had positions for travel agents'" said Pfc. Jared Ouimette jokingly, a native of Highland, Mich., and the company's operations specialist.
"The willingness to cooperate and assist from our finance detachments has been remarkable; without their help the mission would have failed," stated Staff Sgt. Paola Tenorio a Puerto Tejada, Colombia native.
These Soldiers have demonstrated teamwork, loyalty and selfless service - willing to leave their detachments and join the 208th FM Co., mission. These Soldiers truly are Army Strong.