Because commanding HRCs and FMCOs
is so challenging, they are commanded by majors instead of captains.
SCO-I, 9th FMCo, DFAS, and, later, RICC and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army-Procurement (DASA-P) representatives.
For the comptrollers, this equated to researching and closing any outstanding unliquidated obligations; for the Financial Operations/9th FMCo, this equated to closing all funding/disbursing transactions or transferring them to DFAS-Rome; and for Contracting, SCO-I closed any contracts that were completed with no outstanding actions remaining or transferred them to RICC.
This decision was based on an earlier action that attached the 24th FMCO to the special troops battalion (STB) during its deployment.
Before deploying, the FM SPO established communication with several financial management units--the 24th FMCO at Fort Stewart, Georgia, the 13th Finance Group (deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait), and the 336th FMC from Lake Charles, Louisiana--with the intent of building relationships with nonaligned units before the deployment.
At that time, the 9th FMCO
assumed the mission to close down a disbursing station symbol number (DSSN) that had been operational since the beginning of combat operations in Iraq.
The C/9th FMCO
's commercial vendor services (CVS) noncommissioned officer-in-charge was selected to convert all of the CVS contracts that were being paid in cash into electronic payments for more than 10 finance offices in Afghanistan.
The initial challenge was to provide the STB commander with a staff that had the expertise needed to provide command and control to the FMCO
. The brigade staff is authorized only three financial personnel: a resource management officer, a financial operations officer, and a finance noncommissioned officer (NCO).
My unit, B Detachment, 15th FMCO
, completed the first CVS/disbursing STX at Fort Hood in December 2011.
The sergeant major is the senior technical adviser to the FMCO
Although the 126th FMCo
and the 912th HRCo were based out of Kandahar Airfield, each company always had several teams of Soldiers on various missions throughout Regional Commands South, Southwest, and West.
They represent financial management company (FMCo
) commanders, who disburse cash to them through the company's disbursing agents to pay for crucial wartime requirements.