RAF MILDENHALL, England --
The 100th Comptroller Squadron completed the end of fiscal year closeout budget for the 100th Air Refueling Wing Sept. 30.
The 100th ARW’s FY 2018 budget was $104.9 million, which all went to funding equipment and resources for the mission.
“The closeout usually begins at the fourth quarter,” said Staff Sgt. Robert Santamaria, 100th CPTS NCO-in-charge of financial analysis. “Once July comes around, we have already strategized how we’re going to tackle closeout. There’s typically a timeline or checklist that needs to be followed. It includes contract deadlines from contracting, government purchase card consolidation dates, and many other taskers.”
The 100th CPTS financial analysis section works with units across base, ensuring requirements are funded.
“U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center start consolidating more funding as the year gets closer to the end,” Santamaria said. “The more funding they pull, the more funding they can allocate to requirements that need it.”
Santamaria mentioned it can take up to five years to increase a squadron’s baseline budget.
“The congressional process to increase funds next year has already started,” Santamaria said. “There has been an increase in funding DoD wide.”
The Bloody Hundredth received additional funding for two different funding categories this year – squadron innovation and commanders readiness.
“It’s a set amount of funding given to us for those two specific purposes, and we’re going to get them next year too,” Santamaria said. “If a requirement meets any specific requirements in readiness or innovation needs, there’s funding allocated for it.”
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein testified to Congress last year about stabilizing the FY18 budget, and funding has had a profound impact on the wing.
The wing bought a variety of resources to keep Airmen ready to accomplish the mission. Resources included cold weather gear, dining facility serving line refurbishment, barriers around the flightline, a 3D printer for maintenance and tablets for maintainers to browse technical orders on the flightine.
“If you have an idea you want to fund, you have to be vocal about it. If you really want it, take charge of it and own the project,” he said. “If you do the hard work of putting together a purchase request, financial analysis management can submit your request to be funding, and valid requests are usually funded.”
The Airmen of the 100th CPTS ensure Airmen are getting the resources they need to provide a ready force and strategic forward base, projecting airpower through unrivaled air refueling across Europe and Africa.