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A fire engine is parked in the department loading bay at Beale Air Force Base, California, March 27, 2020. Engines are always parked facing out so when an emergency call happens they are ready to go. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee)
Beale firefighters stand at parade rest for an official photo at Beale Air Force Base, California, March 27, 2020. The 9th Civil Engineering Squadron firefighters are credited with receiving the Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Ralph E. Sanborn, Fire Department of the Year Award for medium sized fire department across the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee)
A wooden American flag is mounted on the wall surrounded by patches of various fire departments that Beale firefighters have worked with, at Beale Air Force Base, California, March 27, 2020. Beale firefighters train and assist local fire departments in times of local crisis or during upgrade training. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee)
Staff Sgt. Brandon Green, 99th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, sprays disinfectant liquid on a rag to sanitize a U-2 Dragon Lady’s cockpit Mar. 23, 2020 at Beale Air Force Base, California. The cockpits on Beale’s fleet of U-2s will be sanitized on a regular basis to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luis A. Ruiz-Vazquez)
Staff Sgt. Brandon Green, 99th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, disinfects the side of a U-2’s canopy Mar. 23, 2020 at Beale Air Force Base, California. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, Airmen are sanitizing the U-2 Dragon Lady’s cockpit regularly, ensuring the safety of U-2 pilots and Airmen working on the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luis A. Ruiz-Vazquez)
The Commissary on Beale Air Force Base California, Mar. 23, 2020. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman Jason W. Cochran)
Airman Leon Guico, Left, 9th Medical Group (MDG) health administrator, and Senior Airman Christopher Miracle, 9th MDG optometry technician, guard the Entry Control Point (ECP) at the Clinic on Beale Air Force Base, California, Mar. 12, 2020. The ECP was set up at the Beale Clinic to protect Airmen and their families from the growing COVID-19 threat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luis A. Ruiz-Vazquez)
Lynn Bergmann, 9th Medical Group (MDG) patient safety program coordinator, right, and Denise Ross, 9th MDG Patient Advocate, left, pose for a photo in front of the clinic’s marquee on Beale Air Force Base, California, March 11, 2020. National Patient Safety Week occurred from 8-14 March 2020.
Lynn Bergmann, 9th Medical Group (MDG) Patient Safety Program Coordinator, center, and Denise Ross, 9th MDG Patient Advocate, right, speak to an Airman about patient safety on Beale Air Force Base, California, March 11, 2020. Educating Beale personnel was one of several things Bergmann and Ross did to promote Patient Safety week.
A beaker of Liquid Oxygen (LOX) is stationed in a testing area at Beale Air Force Base, California, March 4, 2020. Airmen observe the beaker and the film of white paper inside to see and smell if the LOX has any discoloration, discrepancies or smell. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee)

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I am an American Airman

Too often I hear the statement, “The Air Force has no tradition…certainly not like the other services.” Or there’s the comment, “The Air Force changes everything all the time.  New uniforms, AFI’s, etc….how can we expect to maintain any heritage or tradition?”
I submit there is one decisive, deliberate, and motivating action each of us can take.  No matter the position you hold, the grade you wear, or if you are active duty, guard, reserve, retired, every single one of us can implement this small, yet powerful change today.  The change refers to a facet of our current culture.
Malcolm Gladwell speaks about culture change in his book, ‘Tipping Point’.  In his book, the author posits that even the smallest adjustments to habits, routines, or attitudes can have a significant impact on the culture or perception of an organization, population, or product.
Therefore, I challenge everyone to stop referring to members of our Air Force as ‘TROOPS’. 
According to Merriam-Webster, the primary definition of the word troop is:
a. A group of soldiers
b. A cavalry unit corresponding to an infantry company
c. A flock of mammals or birds
I understand a definition is literal, however, there are two problems with the way we throw this term around to refer to our Airmen.  First, the word troop is actually plural…referring to a group of soldiers.  Lastly, and most poignantly, the word troop is actually rooted in a tradition and heritage of another service.  And before we start the “But Chief, we were born out of the Army” conversation, I would ask you to consider a few points. 
We were born out of the Army for a reason.  We fulfill several needs that no other organization can: to keep up with advancing technology and to take warfighting to an entirely different level, both geographically and mentally.  The Army and Navy were long-time competitors for military leadership and neither service thought that the other should take on the new tasks of strategic deterrence missions associated with the advent of the atomic bomb.  This, along with many other great reasons, is why our Air Force, and our AIRMEN were created.
Think about it.  The United States Air Force was created for some of the most sophisticated warfare challenges of the time. 
So, let’s continue the tradition born in 1947 and call each other what we truly are.  Please, call me Airman.

Chief Hall

 

 

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9th CPTS: Closing the fiscal year

Airmen from the 9th Comptroller Squadron pose for a photo at Beale Air Force Base, California, Sept. 9, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justin Parsons)

Airmen from the 9th Comptroller Squadron pose for a photo at Beale Air Force Base, California, Sept. 9, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justin Parsons)

Staff Sgt. Timothy Camp, 9th Comptroller budget analysis, leads the closeout efforts for his section at Beale Air Force Base, California, Sept. 9, 2018. The 9th CPTS budget analysis Airmen work closely with other  finance sections to ensure that closeout has been done successfully and correctly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justin Parsons)

Staff Sgt. Timothy Camp, 9th Comptroller budget analysis, leads the closeout efforts for his section at Beale Air Force Base, California, Sept. 9, 2018. The 9th CPTS budget analysis Airmen work closely with other finance sections to ensure that closeout has been done successfully and correctly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justin Parsons)

The 9th Comptroller Squadron budget analysis section are responsible for ensuring that units across Beale Air Force Base have funds and are able to appropriately spend them.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justin Parsons)

The 9th Comptroller Squadron budget analysis section is responsible for ensuring that units across Beale Air Force Base have funds and are able to appropriately spend them to meet mission requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justin Parsons)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

The 9th Reconnaissance Wing receives a yearly budget that is allocated to and used by the groups and squadrons under its command to enable them to successfully execute the mission. However, at the end of each fiscal year it’s the responsibility of a few Airmen to ensure that the wing’s accounts are accurate and ready for the new yearly budget.

Two weeks prior to the close of the fiscal year, budget analysis Airmen at the 9th Comptroller Squadron work to ensure that unit funds are accounted for and executed according to regulations so they can close the books.

“It’s the culmination of all our work throughout the year, it’s the end of the fiscal year for the government,” said Staff Sgt. Timothy Camp, 9th CPTS budget analysis. “We go through the process of closing the accounting books for the current budget and moving on to the next.”

Airmen maintain and create spending documents as well as monitor transactions of the wing's nearly $200 million budget. Spending is reserved for units to meet mission requirements and can include a variety of uses such as supplies and sending Airmen on missions.

Members are responsible for overseeing accounts for individual groups, their squadrons and working with the resource managers that work there.

“We get assigned sections that overlook individual groups and their squadrons. Funding not spent by units by the end of the budget year gets withdrawn into a pool and used to increase the quality of life for base members," said Camp.

“If units haven’t spent their allocated budget we take those funds and use them towards the wing commander's priorities,” said Camp. “For example, the new turf field that was installed on base.”

The last few weeks of the fiscal year put a lot of pressure on the shop as their tempo increases, requiring them to come together to get the job done before submitting for close out.

“It's definitely the most stressful time of the year, having our timelines condensed and working 12 hour plus days,” said Camp. “We definitely have pride in the work we do.”

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