Hard work "pays" dividends in finance office

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- One base organization here has been recognized at the Air Force level for its hard work and dedication to the base's mission.

The 366th Comptroller Squadron was named the the 2011 Air Force General Alfred K. Flowers Comptroller Organization of the Year and the Financial Analysis Office of the Year just months after receiving the awards at the Major Command level.

"Our Vision Statement is to be 'Recognized as the Best CPTS in Air Combat Command-Providing Gunfighters the Resources and Financial Advice required to Fly, Fight, and Win,'" said Maj. Thomas Brown, 366th CPTS commander. "This is a huge accomplishment and I'm proud to be a member of the 366th Comptroller Squadron."

The squadron's top enlisted member echoes these sentiments.

"It makes me very proud to be a part of this squadron and proud of every person who works here," said Master Sgt. Jeaneen Crawshaw, 366th CPTS superintendent.

More than just standard finance personnel played a role in obtaining these prestigious awards.

"We couldn't have done it without the resource advisors and commanders," explained 1st Lt. Jeremy Williams, 366th CPTS deputy budget officer.

The comptrollers proved quality is worth more than quantity, displaying excellence with an undermanned shop.

"I'm proud of all our personnel, considering our manning continues to shrink," said 2nd Lt. Andrew Herzog, 366th CPTS financial services officer. "It's impressive how well they have done."

Obtaining such accolades, all in the same time period, has been a monumental occasion in the squadron's history.

"I've been in finance for thirteen years, and this is the first time I've ever heard of these awards being won at the same time," said Crawshaw.

The finance team was able to step above the rest during a recent unit compliance inspection, where they redefined the meaning of excellence in all they do.

"To be able to complete the inspection without a single discrepancy was a huge accomplishment, but then to have four superior performers and four best practices really gives you an indication of the kind of effort they put in," said Maj. Thomas Brown, 366th CPTS commander.

Pride is a common emotion felt among finance leadership in this time of recognition and honor.

"It's an honor just to be associated with them," explained Brown. "They are hard workers and do an outstanding job, so it's a lot of fun to see them recognized."