KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE --
The 377th Comptroller Squadron closed out the 2019 fiscal year with a combined total of $153.6 million with the 377th Air Base Wing executing 99.8% of all available funds before the deadline of Sept. 30.
According to Mr. Doug Burge, 377th CPTS budget and accounting officer, the comptroller and the financial management analysis branch have the responsibility of ensuring successful funds execution.
“In my opinion it’s been an anomaly year,” said Burge. “For the last three or four years the money was out long before the end of the year. This year we had a lot of money come through late.”
Burge said the lengthy process of getting to the 29th of Sept., actually starts about three to four months before the closeout happens. The unspent money taken back from the units is pooled together, reprioritized and redistributed accordingly.
Comptrollers, contractors and resource advisors had to work double-time with any end-of-year funds, finalizing transactions to acquire the goods and services before the closeout.
Closing out a fiscal year is no easy task. According to Burge, those working on the close out received support from various people and agencies.
“This includes our wing commander, deputy commander, group commanders, squadron commanders and resource advisors at all levels,” said Burge “In addition, we receive support from our financial analysts at Air Force Global Strike Command and Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center.”
According to Burge, the wing also manages a $24 million dollar reimbursement program that is ten times larger than the combined total of reimbursement programs at every other wing within the AFGSC.
“A variety of food was brought in to support the CPTS many agencies and organizations on base will donate something,” said U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Lana Pray, 377th CPTS superintendent.
Pray also touched on how much of a Team Kirtland effort it takes, many agencies contribute to the closeout weekend and a lot of it is unseen.
Even though CPTS worked a tremendous amount of additional hours over the weekend to get the mission accomplished, everyone was in good spirits and making a vital contribution to the effort, according to U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Shay Edwards, 377th CPTS commander.
“It’s a great team,” said Edwards. “If we’re still laughing on the 29th, that’s a good thing.”
For more information or questions about the 377th CPTS, call 505-846-8045.