Armed Forces Comptroller — Spring 2010
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ALOHA

Chapter members were given the distinct opportunity to meet the Honorable Gladys J. Commons, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller) during her visit to Hawaii. Key themes presented were Taking Care of People, Rebalancing Military (Current Wars and Current/ Future Conflicts), Reforming What and How We Buy, and Supporting Our Troops in the Field. Mrs. Commons discussed human capital training such as the Financial Management Trainee Program and the Financial Management Associates Program—the Department of the Navy’s mid-level, multi-year program for the financial management community.

HAMPTON ROADS

Chapter members brought cheer to many children across the Hampton Roads area by participating in the Salvation Army’s Annual Dress a Bear and Fill a Stocking programs. Volunteers dressed over 300 bears and filled 250 stockings for children who wouldn’t otherwise have gifts. Back row (l to r): John Sears, Technical Sergeant Catherine Bennett, and Staff Sergeant Brandon Franklin. Front row (l to r): Master Sergeant Rashelle Taylor, Staff Sergeant Lisa Reesey, Freda Hart, Staff Sergeant Renieka Pepper, and Alma Latham.

HIGH DESERT

Chapter’s Kathleen Augustine, Events Coordinator, displays the collection of coats, sweaters, and sweatshirts donated by chapter members. These articles were distributed to families at the Grace Resources Center in Lancaster, California, on January 29, 2009

MIDDLE TENNESSEE

Chapter teamed with the Federal Women's Program (FWP) to conduct a base-wide drinking water drive for the flood victims in the Nashville area. The chapter and the FWP were able to deliver 132 cases and 31 gallon jugs of drinking water to the Metropolitan Nashville Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Scott Harris of OEM said they desperately needed the drinking water and was very thankful for the donations. ASMC members Patrick Jackson and Technical Sergeant John Bankston loaded and drove the delivery truck to Nashville. Pictured are (l-r) Debbie Coffelt (ASMC 2nd vice president and FWP member), Rhonda Ward (FWP manager), Shanda Myers (Co-op and future ASMC member), Bill Gonce (ASMC president), and Noah Ura (Co-op and future ASMC member). Photos by Heather Fair (ASMC 1st vice president and FWP member) and Patrick Jackson

SAN DIEGO

Chapter Administrative Vice President Ken Suazo, center, and Sergeant Roche of Battalion I-I of 4th Tank BN and Lieutenant Colonel Jimmie (Jim) G. Gruny, Site Commander Battalion I-I of 4th Tank BN and guest speaker for Toys for Tots, pause for a photo.

REDSTONE-HUNTSVILLE

Chapter members hosted their annual two-day Mini-PDI on February 3 and 4, 2010. The committee welcomed 180 people over the two days at Trinity United Methodist Church.This year’s theme was Financial Imperatives: Managing People and Processes. Pictured are (front, l-r) Dee Kowallik, Sandy Brock, Amanda Bertus, and Dana Wilbanks; (back, l-r) Anthony McAdory, Dr. John Kline, Sandra V. Richardson, Debbie O'Neal, Jackie Shaw, and Freida Waits.

TAMPA BAY

Chapter continues to make a difference, sending 20 people to Feeding America Tampa Bay on April 17, 2010. Feeding America Tampa Bay is a central warehouse for donated foods to be processed and provided to charitable organizations that serve people in need. Chapter volunteers inspected packaging and checked expiration dates to ensure that food was suitable for use. They also categorized donations for proper management and cleaned store shelves. This was Tampa Bay Chapter’s fifth and last volunteering project for the chapter year. Volunteering on a Saturday morning is a great way to begin a weekend!

THUNDERBIRD

Chapter was pleased to name Larissa Stano (left) as its Thunderbird of the Quarter for July–September 2009. Ms. Stano volunteered to audit chapter records, and she presented a professional and informative report, with suggestions that enhanced our recordkeeping procedures. Ms. Stano also participated in all member meetings and community service events.Chapter President Lois Weaver presented a certificate and a gift basket to Ms. Stano, whose name will be placed on the Chapter Plaque of Quarterly and Annual Winners.

TRI-STATE

Chapter’s Deborah Montgomery (left), Vice President and Membership Chair, and Camille Cooper are thrilled that chapter members donated so freely to Alzheimer’s Day services, a community service project that was held during the Christmas luncheon

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