By Senior Airman Savannah L. Waters, 31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published October 10, 2019
Members of the 31st Comptroller Squadron financial analysis flight pose for a photo Oct. 8, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. The financial analysis flight plans, executes, and builds current and future budgets for the 31st Fighter Wing and tenant units, and ultimately provides “decision support” to leaders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Savannah L. Waters)
The U.S. Fiscal Year 2019 started on Oct. 1, 2018 for various corporations, government agencies and individuals, and ended on Sept. 30, 2019. These calendars cover a 12 month period and are divided into four quarters, with the U.S. Fiscal Year 2020 currently in session.
The Wyvern books have closed for Fiscal Year 19 after a successful year of Airmen prioritizing mission critical requirements and preventing mission stoppage.
“The 31st Comptroller Squadron financial analysis flight, or simply the budget office, plans, executes, and builds current and future budgets for the 31st Fighter Wing and tenant units, and ultimately provides ‘decision support’ to leaders,” said Capt. Alexander M. Chiang, 31st CPTS financial analysis flight commander. “Decision support can be best described as providing on time and accurate data analysis to allow commanders to make the best decision for their mission.”
Aviano’s financial analysis flight also translates mission requirements into funding needs, and had a high success with lobbying and obtained approximately $4 million in additional funding from higher headquarters (HHQ) for requirements to help Aviano complete its mission this past year.
“One of the cool things about working in the budget office is that you have a pulse on the operations of the wing as money touches everything,” Chiang said. “For example, you can be working the funding for additional gate barriers and a couple months later see the gate barriers being set up as you’re coming through in the morning. It is rewarding to see what we do behind the scenes directly impacting and affecting the mission at Aviano.”
Though most people know the 31st CPTS handles finance operations, some may not know they work hand-in-hand with the 31st Contracting Squadron when allocating and purchasing base commodities.
“The 31st CPTS does a lot of the behind the scenes movement of money, and the 31st CONS spends it,” said Staff Sgt. Margaret Kroening, 31st CONS contracting supervisor. “After the finances are allocated and research is conducted, we create the contracts and obligate the money, while also ensuring we have defined the requirements that meet the Air Force’s needs.”
The 31st CONS was able to execute 22 last-minute requirements, securing critical base services.
“This year we had a team of dedicated individuals who had great attitudes,” Kroening said. “We worked a lot of long hours, and we were swamped. But, we found a really good groove and were able to execute the mission, despite having a team of just four. Frankly, we were killin’ it.”
The 31st CPTS and 31st CONS pulled through FY 19 to give units around the base the materials and resources they needed to get the mission completed. Some of these included a rescue boat for the 57th Rescue Squadron, a maintenance stand for the 31st Maintenance Group, and new communications kits for the 31st Security Forces Squadron.