18th FISC Soldiers return from deployment – welcomed home by new commander
1 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Members of the 1st Theater sustainment Command Soldier and Family Readiness Group provided food and drinks for the redeploying Soldiers of the 18th Financial Support Center during a redeployment ceremony in front of Fowler Hall on Fort Knox, Kentucky, June 23, 2023. (Photo Credit: Sgt. brina jenkins) VIEW ORIGINAL
18th FISC Soldiers return from deployment – welcomed home by new commander
2 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Family and Friends of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command wait anxiously for their Soldiers from the 18th Financial Support Center to be released from formation during a redeployment ceremony in front of Fowler Hall on Fort Knox, Kentucky, June 23, 2023. (Photo Credit: Sgt. brina jenkins) VIEW ORIGINAL
18th FISC Soldiers return from deployment – welcomed home by new commander
3 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff. Sgt Michael Kadlec's two daughters and son, Belle, Lucy and Owens are rushed with excitement when the bus their dad is on arrives during a redeployment ceremony in front of Fowler Hall on Fort Knox, Kentucky, June 23, 2023. (Photo Credit: Sgt. brina jenkins) VIEW ORIGINAL
18th FISC Soldiers return from deployment – welcomed home by new commander
4 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff. Sgt Michael Kadlec and his family reunite at the 18th Financial Support Center redeployment ceremony in front of Fowler Hall on Fort Knox, Kentucky, June 23, 2023. (Photo Credit: Sgt. brina jenkins) VIEW ORIGINAL
18th FISC Soldiers return from deployment – welcomed home by new commander
5 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Brig. Gen. Eric P. Shirley, commanding general, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, welcomed home the redeploying Soldiers from the 18th Financial Support Center at a redeployment ceremony in front of Fowler Hall on Fort Knox, Kentucky, June 23, 2023. (Photo Credit: Sgt. brina jenkins) VIEW ORIGINAL
18th FISC Soldiers return from deployment – welcomed home by new commander
6 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – During a redeployment ceremony in front of Fowler Hall on Fort Knox, Kentucky, June 23, 2023, Soldiers assigned to the 18th Financial Support Center returned home after completing a 9-month deployment in the Middle East. (Photo Credit: Sgt. brina jenkins) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT KNOX, Ky. – Soldiers assigned to 18th Financial Support Center returned home June 23, 2023, after completing a 9-month deployment in the Middle East.

The group, led by director Col. Kevin Pierce and Sgt. Maj. Stephanie Ellis, senior enlisted advisor, 18th FISC, supported U.S. Army Central and the 1st Theater Sustainment Command by providing cash management, internal controls, accounting, automation, and technical oversight for all the Army’s deployed financial management support units and their subordinate detachments operating in the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility while they were deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

The Soldiers were welcomed home by Brig. Gen. Eric P. Shirley, commanding general, 1st TSC, who had assumed command of the 18th FISC’s higher headquarters in a ceremony earlier that day.

Shirley spoke of the importance of their recently completed mission and their continuing role in the sustainment mission.

“Remember that [U.S. Central Command] is still an area where our Soldiers are in harm's way each and every day,” explained Shirley.

“The 18th FISC coordinated training with partnering [U.S. Army] Reserve FISCs, from reconciling accounts to clearing unmatched transactions to adjudicating unliquidated obligations. The financial support they provided played a critical role in what we do as sustainment,” he added.

Understanding the assembled Soldiers’ desire to reunite with family and friends after an extended time apart, the new commander acknowledged their service before releasing them to get reacquainted with their loved ones.

“We can go on and on about the team's achievements and their accomplishments, and last month's objectives in CENTCOM, but these warfighters – I am quite certain – are anxious to get back to their families; and we're about to make that happen,” Shirley said.

The 18th FISC, in coordination with United States Army Financial Management Command, Defense Finance and Accounting Services, and as the theater FISC, provides theater-level financial management synchronization through strategic planning, technical guidance and oversight, to support ongoing operations throughout the USCENTCOM area of responsibility. On order, they provide training support to active duty, Army Reserve, and National Guard financial management units in support of readiness toward mobilization and deployment.