|More than 600 financial management Soldiers and support
personnel from throughout the Army came to Fort McCoy in June to
participate in Operation Diamond Saber, the largest financial management
exercise in the Army. The U.S. Army Reserve Command executing agent for
this year’s exercise was 336th Financial Management Center (FMC) from
Lake Charles, La.
Army Finance Management Soldiers
participate in a Diamond Saber mission rehearsal exercise at
Fort McCoy. The training replicates conditions Soldiers would
find if they were deployed.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
The Soldiers represented 50 units from Reserve, National Guard and
active-duty components. They spent the first week of the training in the
classroom learning about current deployment issues and the latest
technology available to support troops in the field.
The second week of the training was a mission rehearsal exercise, which
involved participating in a series of scenarios designed to prepare the
Soldiers for any mission they might receive in a theater of operations
or in a contingency area.
Training covered seven areas, which included disbursing, military pay,
commercial vendor services, resource management, financial management
support operations, information management operations and banking.
Maj. Brian Doerr, commander of the 33rd Financial Management Company of
Fort Drum, N.Y., said his unit was one of four companies aligned for
exercise purposes under the 18th FMC, an active-duty organization from
Fort Bragg, N.C.
The units functioned as financial management companies would operate in
the real world, he said.
Sgt. Maj. Annie Walker of the 18th said her unit went through the
exercise to be evaluated and certified as deployment ready. The unit
will support financial management needs for both Operations New Dawn and
Enduring Freedom, she said.
Capt. Jaime Soto, commander of the 389th Financial Management Detachment
of Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, said the unit came to the exercise at
Fort McCoy to prepare for a deployment to support Operation New Dawn
later this year.
Sgt. 1st Class Eduee Santiago of the 389th, the detachment sergeant,
said the exercise provided good hands-on training for the unit members.
“It helps them improve their service while they’re deployed,” Santiago
1st Sgt. Sheryl Ayeni of the 33rd said her organization (formerly the
469th FMC) set up and organized the training last year, while her
current unit received the training this year. “The training was great,”
Ayeni said. “It showed all the components of financial management
operations. Soldiers can see what they do up front to receive the funds
all the way to the end of the process where they pay out the funds.”
After the exercise was completed, commanders of the individuals and
units involved in the training knew if their personnel were ready for
Strengths and areas needing improvement were identified, so commanders
could adjust/modify their training schedule to address these issues.
This is the eighth year Fort McCoy has hosted Operation Diamond Saber.