125th FMSU welcomes troops home after critical finance mission in Afghanistan

| September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
After nearly a year deployed in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Soldiers of the 125th FMSU are welcomed home by Col. Duane R. Miller (left), commander, 8th MP Bde., at Honolulu International Airport, Sept. 10.

After nearly a year deployed in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Soldiers of the 125th FMSU are welcomed home by Col. Duane R. Miller (left), commander, 8th MP Bde., at Honolulu International Airport, Sept. 10.

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill
8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs
8th Theater Sustainment Command

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers from Alpha Detachment, 125th Financial Management Support Unit, were welcomed home during a redeployment ceremony at the company’s training area, here, Sept. 10.

With just 23 Soldiers assigned, the detachment successfully resolved more than 4,000 Soldier pay issues and processed over 6,000 military pay transactions while exceeding a 99 percent accuracy rate.

Alpha Detachment Commander, Capt. Brandon Austin, 125th Financial Management Support Unit, 303rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, holds his family for the first time after being deployed to Afghanistan for nearly a year, at redeployment ceremony held Sept. 10 at the company training area on Schofield Barracks. Photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command.

 Capt. Brandon Austin holds his family for the first time after being deployed to Afghanistan for nearly a year.

Maj. Ronald Stewart Jr., commander, 125th FMSU, said that while in Afghanistan, the detachment set the standard for finance support by providing expeditionary financial management support operations for an area spanning nearly 75,000 square miles in Regional Command North and East.

“We are very proud and it’s great hearing from others about how well they did,” said Stewart. “This is very important in our line of work because the last thing you want is for families at home to be worried about their finances.”

Alpha Detachment also conducted more than 120 missions to austere locations with no safety incidents, and dispersed over $10 million in U.S. and Afghani currency without incident or loss of funds.

“It was great,” said Sgt. 1st Class James Windham, dispersing agent, about handling over $10 million without mishap. “I got to learn a new job in the Army. It’s one of my biggest accomplishments.”

For Sgt. Shawana Booker, military pay noncommissioned officer in charge, it was making sure Soldiers were paid correctly that mattered most to her.

“We made sure Soldiers were getting the entitlements they deserved,” said Booker. “Any problems they had, we took care of.”

“We did great,” said Capt. Brandon Austin, commander, Det. A, praising the work he and his Soldiers accomplished. “We were the best finance detachment in theater during our time in Afghanistan.”

(Editor’s note: Alpha Detachment, 125th FMSU, falls under the 303rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command.)

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