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    Diamond Knights Prepare For Deployment

    Diamond Knights Prepare For Deployment

    Photo By Spc. Geordan Tyquiengco | the 175th Financial Management Support (FMS) Unit Director Colonel Letsy Ann...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Laura Martin 

    8th Theater Sustainment Command

    Diamond Knights Prepare For Deployment By Laura Martin September 18, 2020
    “The Diamond Knights” of the 175th Financial Management Support Center (FMS) gathered at Fort Shafter Hawaii, Sept. 18, 2020, to bid parents, siblings, spouses and children a virtual farewell, before deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
    “Today’s ceremony is bitter sweet, as it marks the beginning of our operational deployment where we answer our nation’s call to sustain our force, supporting and serving our Soldiers abroad" said FMS Unit Director Col. Letsy Ann Perez-Marsden, during the Facebook live event, that was held to mitigate Covid-19 risks. “Completing and succeeding in our mission is not the hard part, as this is what we train for, and now we get to showcase our skillsets in another theater."
    As Soldiers prepared to leave, Col. Perez-Marsden and directorate Sgt. Maj. Ronald B. Oyardo cased the group's colors to signify the beginning of the unit's deployment. The colors will not be uncased until the transfer of authority takes place and the unit has assumed their position in Afghanistan. While this deployment is the second for the unit, it is the first for many individuals.
    8th Theater Sustainment Command deputy commander, Col. Theodore White spoke about the mission ahead. “This group of “premier paymasters” will support and serve with honor, and will continue their units tradition of professionalism and readiness. We are blessed to live in a nation where Soldiers are willing to answer the call to duty in times of war and peace, at home and abroad, to protect our nation, our freedoms, and our families.”
    While deployed, the unit will “fund the force” a critical capability that matches legal and appropriate sources of funds, with thoroughly vetted and validated requirements. They will oversee the banking and disbursing of the provision of cash, non-cash, and e-commerce mechanisms, that are necessary to support the Theater procurement process, and host nation banking infrastructure. They will also ensure that all Service members, regardless of component, will receive timely and accurate pay by providing important day-to-day military pay support operations. They will manage the internal control program, which provides reasonable assurance that establishes accountability and control procedures that comply with applicable laws and regulations to comply with Army Audit Readiness, while focusing on their main priority theater-level strategic planning and technical oversight for all finance operations, to include host nation banking, contractual and procurement payments,
    and disbursing support through U.S. Central Command Area of Operations.
    “Sgm Oyardo and I have been entrusted with the safety of America’s sons and
    daughters, and we do not take this responsibility lightly.” said Col. Perez-Marsden. "The Soldiers of the 175th FMSC have demonstrated that they are resilient and ready to take on this challenge.”
    Confidence in the success of the 175th FMS is unwavering, with Col. White giving his message of support to the outgoing unit. “To the Soldiers, this is what you trained for, you are prepared and ready, we salute you for your service to our country.”



    Date Taken: 09.18.2020
    Date Posted: 09.22.2020 21:55
    Story ID: 378431
    Location: FORT SHAFTER, HI, US 

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