News: 368th FM Company welcomes soldiers home
Story by Spc. Hector Corea
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. – Soldiers and family members alike gathered for a Welcome Home Warrior Citizen Ceremony to honor soldiers assigned to the 368th Financial Management Support Unit at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., Dec. 9, 2012.
Members of the Army Reserve 368th FMSU, Detachment 2, mobilized to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, in June of 2011, to support Operation Enduring Freedom.
“Throughout this [deployment], we learned to work together, get along and trust each other,” said Capt. Lu T. May, commander of Detachment 2. “I am fortunate and honored to have worked with these fine men and women,”
“The deployment went smooth, thanks to our organization and communication,” said Sgt. Johnathon F. Clark, a financial management technician and section noncommissioned officer for Detachment 2. “I liked helping the soldiers overseas with their financial issues.”
The detachment certainly dealt with their share of financial missions; while in Kuwait, Detachment 2 provided financial management support to over 10,000 service members, contractors, and third country nationals to assist our nation’s warfighting efforts.
They accomplished their mission by supporting one another through the high financial workload.
“The camaraderie was very important,” said Sgt. Moses McGowan, a financial management technician and squad leader with Detachment 2, and native of Raymore, Mo. “If you don’t work as a team then you can’t accomplish your mission.”
By the end of their 11-month deployment, Detachment 2 was lauded for their efficiency and competence, proving to be the preeminent financial management office in theater. They returned in June of 2012, and have been reintegrating into civilian life with their families ever since.
McGowan said it took time to ease into his role as a civilian with his family, although he felt the effort and time was more than worthwhile.
The 368th FMSU will continue to improve their ability to accomplish their mission of providing financial support for our nation’s warfighting efforts.
“Every time they deploy they bring back more experience, so we keep improving,” said Pfc. Cody G. Crowner, a power generation equipment repairer with the 368th FMSU.
In the meantime however, Detachment 2 of the 368th FMSU can look back at their deployment and the time spent overseas with pride.
“I appreciate their sacrifice and the sacrifice of their families,” said Capt. Michael T. Hernandez, financial manager and commander of the 368th FMSU. “It ‘s a testament to their dedication, having served our nation and the Army.”