CAMP HAMMER, Iraq — The year 2009 has been named the Year of the Non-commissioned Officer. During this time NCO's worldwide are urged to rededicate themselves to the bedrock principles that have shaped our mighty Corps.
Examples of this rededication can be seen throughout various units. The "Knights" of Alpha Detachment, 9th Financial Management Company out of Fort Lewis, Wash., have demonstrated their pledge to setting the standard, working together, and leading from the front.
With the rising August temperatures in Iraq, Alpha detachment has banded together to overcome all obstacles. Rest and Recuperation leave and various illnesses have depleted manpower and forced the Knights to quickly transition personnel to continue to provide exemplary service to our customers.
Sgt. 1st Class Amy Smith of Dupont, Wash., served as Disbursing Agent and Detachment Sergeant at Forward Operating Base Hammer, while Staff Sgt. Nicole Loritts, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., journeyed to Joint Security Station Loyalty to perform duties as a disbursing agent as well. The arrival of 1st Lt. Travis Martin, from Rentham, Mass., stationed at JSS Loyalty, Sgt. Ruben Carpenter, of Chesapeake, Va. and Pfc. Reginald Garner, who hails from Mobile, Ala., and stationed at Victory Base Complex, immediately provided assistance in the detachment's transition. Sgt. Alex Morrison of Houston and Spc. Willie Smith from Atlanta will soon assist the team at JSS Loyalty as they close finance operations there.
When asked about the movement that has transpired over the past 2 months, Capt. LaTonya James, a native of Biloxi, Miss., and commander of Alpha Detachment, said, "Faced with adversity from the onset of this deployment we have banded together to accomplish all tasks. The training program implemented in the past has enabled the Soldiers to seamlessly transition between various military pay and disbursing positions." She also states that, "This is a direct reflection on the training and direction provided by the NCO's, our Soldiers eagerness to excel and continued determination to provide world-class service to our customers."
With Relief in Place/Transfer of Authority on the horizon, the NCO's and Soldiers will once again band together to ensure the incoming unit enjoys a smooth transition.
At the end of the day the NCO's and Soldiers of 9th FM Co. are a family and have a good time. After the close of business you can find them at the disbursing office holding Rock Band jam sessions. The inaugural Bigs 2 MLB video game baseball tournament has been a huge success as results are recorded and posted in the office. Operation teamwork is our charge to each other and our unit.