Fiscal Triad critical to success

| December 7, 2013 | 0 Comments
Staff Sgt. Christopher Legler, a cash management supervisor from the 175th Financial Management Support Center, discusses financial capabilities during a financial briefing.

Staff Sgt. Christopher Legler, a cash management supervisor from the 175th Financial Management Support Center, discusses financial capabilities during a financial briefing.

Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Richardson
U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs

BELLOWS AIR FORCE STATION — Disaster or tragedy can strike anywhere in the world. Teams of Soldiers could get called to provide humanitarian assistance or aid at a moment’s notice.

However, before the Soldiers are able to provide assistance, there are teams in place to provide the right resources to facilitate mission success.

Units from the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Department of Defense civilians participated in the 413th Contracting Support Brigade’s third annual disaster training exercise (DTX), held at the Hawaii Army National Guard Training Center, here, Nov. 16-23.

Throughout the weeklong exercise, staff from resource management, legal and contractors worked through various scenarios. When resource management, legal and contracting act as one entity, these components are commonly known as the Fiscal Triad.

“Just like the USARPAC motto, ‘we are one team,’ it takes all three legs of the Fiscal Triad for us to successfully accomplish our mission, and we do that very well,” said Col. John Vogel, deputy chief of staff for financial management, USARPAC.

“Each leg of the Fiscal Triad works closely together to meet the USARPAC commander’s mission, requirements in compliance with law, policy and regulations,” added Col. Kevan Jacobson, a staff judge advocate for USARPAC.

The Fiscal Triad legally procures the resources needed to sustain Soldiers and host country nationals during military operations and crises.

Soldiers participating in the DTX conducted scenarios that tested their abilities to quickly procure essential resources needed for rapid deployment.

“The mission focuses around the Fiscal Triad,” said Sgt. Maj. Gregory Ransaw, senior financial management adviser for USARPAC.

“The tragedy that happened in the Philippines is why we train,” Ransaw explained. “These exercises prepare us for the real world. What we’re doing here, today, is relevant and right on time. This training is beneficial to us all.”

The Fiscal Triad may not consist of many beach-storming, door-kicking Soldiers, but these hardcore check-writing, legally contract-binding Soldiers are being called upon more as global disasters hit hard.

“It’s a great learning process for us all,” said Ransaw. “This exercise is like a window into what we’re doing over here in the Pacific. Disaster training exercises show how prepared we are to maneuver throughout the Pacific when tragedy happens.”

“The goal of this exercise is to make sure that we have a deployable, ready Fiscal Triad to go out and be able to respond to missions across the Pacific region,” said Col. Martin Zybura Garfield, commander, 413th CSB.

“When something happens for real, we’re able to quickly execute,” Garfield said, “and it’s also important that we bring in other services so that we share joint practices and that we’re all are ready to execute.”

While it’s rare to find all services represented in a centralized location for a training exercise, all services have a version of the Fiscal Triad.

“It’s very important to come together and hone our skills,” said Air Force 1st Lt. Harry Thigpen, a specialized contracting officer for the 766th Specialized Contracting Squadron.

“It’s our job to help U.S. forces and local nationals procure the resources they would need to sustain life in the aftermath of a disaster,” Thigpen said. “Only when we can come together as a single entity can we bring adequate relief to those in need.”

The annual exercise provides valuable learning opportunities for Soldiers to maintain and improve skills in a deployed environment.

“This training event is the best I’ve seen. This is what right looks like in the area of training our forces,” said Col. Jeffrey Powell, commandant, U.S. Army Financial Management.

As long as the Soldiers in the Pacific region continue to support the surrounding nations, the Fiscal Triad will ensure they have the life-sustaining resources for stability and mission success.

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