Finance High Rollers holding it down
June 22, 2009
JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The "High Rollers" of the 208th Financial Management Company from Mannheim, Germany provide most of the battlefield finance support to Soldiers and civilians throughout central Iraq.
The High Rollers operate with six finance detachments provide financial support to more than 5,000 Department of Defense civilians.
Cpl. Son Nguyen, a 208th Financial Management Co. disbursing officer and a native of Atlanta, Ga., said, "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," he said.
A service member can receive a casual pay in the amount of $350 under emergency conditions, and $550 for rest and recuperation purposes. Both civilians and Soldiers can cash personal checks according to the policy and regulatory guidance.
The Eagle Cash Card program is another option to access cash from finance offices. This is a cash management tool designed to support the deployed U.S. military personnel and civilians.
Eagle Cash cards interface with an automated kiosk devices are located at convenient locations around a camp or base allowing enrolled cardholders self-service access to transfer funds directly from their checking or savings accounts. The card is used to purchase goods or services at the post exchange or base exchange, postal facility and concessionaires.
Sgt. 1st Class Patricia Simmons, the disbursing manager and resident of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines said, "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."