Fort McCoy News May 23, 2014

CSTX finance training pays 'real dividends'

BY SPC. ALYSSA A. BLOM
86th Training Division Public Affairs

FORT MCCOY, Wis. — Army Reserve Soldiers from the 374th Financial Management Support Unit out of Newark, Del., conducted financial operations as a part of Operation Diamond Saber here during the 2014 Combat Support Training Exercise (CSTX) conducted by the 86th Training Division.

Photo for finance article
A Soldier participates in a finance scenario as part of
Operation Diamond Saber during the Combat Support
Training Exercise at Fort McCoy.
U.S. Army photo

"We conduct missions inside during battle assembly," said Spc. Adam J. Hamre, supply sergeant for the 374th.

"But this finance training exposes us to a more-realistic environment similar to deployment."

Operations conducted by the 374th throughout Operation Diamond Saber included vendor services, cash dispersing, managing master military pay accounts and correcting Soldier financial issues.

The Financial Management Support Team also conducted real missions correcting Soldiers' pay and finance issues during the exercise.

"We get to brush up on our skills that we haven't utilized since advanced individual training," said Spc. Chase K. Kramer, financial management technician with the 374th.

"We get an opportunity to flex our competencies that we normally don't get to utilize."

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