ORE prepares comptrollers for deployment

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- This is part one of a four-part series on missions during an Operational Readiness Exercise here.

In preparation for an upcoming Operational Readiness Inspection, MHAFB is conducting an ORE Sep. 11 through 15.

The exercise includes personnel from various units around base, all maintaining objectives unique to their career fields but sharing one goal - mission success. The Airmen from the 366th Comptroller Squadron, better known as the finance team, are no exception.

"The exercise is important to us because it gives us valuable practice budgeting in a deployed environment," explained Airman1st Class Romeh Badr, 366th CPTS customer service technician. "It really is enhancing our ability to complete the mission downrange."

Money is vital to success in any conflict, and the Airmen charged with orchestrating all things monetary face pressures unfamiliar to most in a deployed location.

"Finance is extremely important in a deployed location because without us people would not have the luxury of operational amenities such as furniture and tools," said Senior Airman Aaron Wanzer, 366th CPTS customer service technician.

During the exercise, CPTS personnel constantly run through mock budgeting situations in order to prepare for any possible finance occurrences downrange.

"We are doing a series of scenarios detailing different types of budget situations that we would possibly encounter in a deployed environment," said Staff Sgt. Leo Nielson, 366th CPTS customer service technician. "Some of the situations we are simulating could be anything from ensuring the purchasing of toilet paper to parts for vehicles."

The exercise provides a valuable opportunity for Airmen to understand the unique duty requirements present downrange.

"I think this type of training is essential for every Airman before they deploy," stated Nielson.

Even with all the challenges existing during the ORE, the big picture of why it's an essential part of their Air Force duties is not lost to the finance team.

"I am very excited to be a part of this whole process," explained Badr. "It gives me a warm feeling to know what I'm practicing now could one day contribute to the war effort."