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30th CPTS manages millions during FY 2006

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The 30th Comptroller Squadron worked diligently to ensure that all Vandenberg funds were accounted and obligated for before the clock struck midnight Sept. 30.
Fiscal Year 2006 came to a close, but it wasn't an easy task for the 30th CPTS, also nicknamed the "Money Hawks." 

The squadron had been preparing for close-out since mid-July to ensure all documents were submitted and processed in time to meet all deadlines. 

"Seeing the men and women of the 30th Comptroller Squadron perform down to the stretch really made me proud to be a part of their team," said Capt. Jim Cunningham, 30th CPTS deputy commander. 

In FY06, 30th CPTS had to account and obligate the $30 million in commitments, in addition to having 100% of the wing's $362 million budget. 

"FY06 closeout is like a tugboat in a tsunami, it looks like it doesn't have a chance, but with teamwork and determination what looked like a tsunami was actually just a drizzle," said 2nd Lt. Matthew Diehl, 30th CPTS budget analyst. 

The Financial Analysis Flight needed to ensure that every unit of the 30th Space Wing and tenant organizations was in balance, to include many congressional and Air Force limitations. 

"Thanks to advance planning and preparation by the 30th Contracting, Civil Engineering and Comptroller squadrons, the end of FY 06 was a huge success," said Mr. David Smith, 30th CONS Business Operations director. 

This year's funds have been compiled, but there is a new beginning with each end.
"Now we have to shift gears and start the process all over again," said Captain Cunningham. 

"This coming year will have a number of challenges, and will be very 'fiscally tight" year.'  But Ms. Debbie Hart, our Chief of Financial Analysis, is the best in the business. 
"With her tremendous team of analysts and our working relationship we have with all money managers in the wing, I know the 30th Space Wing will have another great year."