The staff in the Fort Knox Finance Office were taken by surprise on Oct. 8 when Command Sgt. Maj. Mario Terenas made an unannounced visit to present two employees with Fort Knox challenge coins. Wendy E. Cherry, Director of Finance, and William Touchtone, military pay tech, were recognized for their service over the summer while assisting Lt. Col. Timothy Sartori, Professor of Military Science at Northern Arizona University.
Sartori presented the finance specialists with a slew of problems with his pay while returning from Italy. Sartori had nothing but good things to say about the help his received in getting his pay problems resolved.
"Ms. Cherry and Mr. Touchtone took the time to square my pay issues away, and it was by far the best encounter with a finance office in my 17 years of military service," said Sartori about the reason for his acclaim.
On a recent visit to Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, Sartori met with Terenas and mentioned the work from the Finance Office staff and suggested that they should be properly recognized for their service to Cadet Command. Terenas dropped by the office Oct. 8 and presented Cherry and Touchtone with the Fort Knox coin and a gift card. He also shared words of gratitude, "We truly appreciate all the hard work that you do here for Fort Knox, and we wanted to come up to say thanks."
Cherry has been working at Fort Knox since 2007. She retired from Army Finance at Fort Riley, Kansas, then moved to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service in Indianapolis before settling at Fort Knox to become the Director of Finance. Touchtone has been at Fort Knox for a year after transferring from Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The former finance specialist and artilleryman has spent over seven years working in finance as a civilian.
For more photographs from the event, visit the CSM Terenas' Instagram page at @csm_armyrotc