No Money, No Mission: 51st CPTS Closes Out FY23

Discover how the 51st Comptroller Squadron's financial analysis section successfully closed out FY23 by managing a $140 million budget for the 51st Fighter Wing. By navigating fiscal limitations and obtaining additional funding, the squadron ensured the mission-critical needs of the wing were met while supporting individual Airmen and enhancing the infrastructure at Osan Air Base.

Managing High-Stakes Funding for the 51st Fighter Wing

Explore how the 51st CPTS successfully executed a $140 million budget to meet the mission-critical needs of the 51st Fighter Wing.

The 51st Comptroller Squadron financial analysis section played a key role in managing the financial operations of the 51st Fighter Wing, executing a budget of $140 million for fiscal year 2023. This substantial amount of funding was crucial to acquire the necessary equipment, infrastructure, and resources to support the wing's mission as the Air Force's most forward-deployed permanently-based wing.

Maximizing Resources Within Fiscal Limitations

As U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Randy Ocasio, the 51st CPTS financial analysis flight commander, explains, the squadron had to ensure that every purchase was made with the proper intentions and within the restrictions imposed by fiscal law. Their meticulous approach ensured transparency and strict adherence to regulations.

Safeguarding the Mission with Additional Funding

This fiscal year, the 51st CPTS went above and beyond to obtain an additional $6.15 million to address over 50 previously unfunded requirements throughout the installation. By advocating on behalf of the 51st Fighter Wing, they secured funding from Pacific Air Force Command and Air Force Installation Mission Support Center.

Impact on Infrastructure and Quality of Life

Learn how the budget managed by the 51st CPTS benefited the infrastructure and the lives of Airmen at Osan Air Base.

While the primary focus of the 51st CPTS was to allocate resources efficiently for the mission, their efforts also had a significant impact on the infrastructure and quality of life at Osan Air Base.

Investing in Technology and Facilities

A substantial portion of the budget was directed towards priority areas, such as funding a $352,500 network management center for the 51st Communications Squadron and equipping the new chapel with furniture and accessories valued at $800,000. These investments ensured that both Airmen and facilities were adequately supported for their respective missions.

Supporting Airmen with Essential Gear

Through careful budget planning, the 51st CPTS was able to allocate $500,000 to provide cold-weather gear for Airmen in the 51st Maintenance Group and the 51st Security Forces Squadron. This investment not only enhanced the safety and comfort of the Airmen but also directly contributed to their readiness for mission success.

Looking Ahead: Preparing for FY24

Discover the strategic approach taken by the 51st CPTS to plan for the next fiscal year's budget.

The financial journey for the 51st CPTS is a continuous process, extending beyond the current fiscal year. As U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Randy Ocasio explains, the team is already working on identifying the needs and developing the execution plan for FY24.

Collaboration with Resource Advisors

The 51st CPTS actively engages with commanders and their unit's resource advisors to assess the needs of each unit and align them with the larger goals of the 51st Fighter Wing. The collaborative effort ensures accurate budget planning tailored to the specific requirements and priorities of each unit.

Innovation for Increased Readiness

Within their budget plans, the 51st CPTS allocates funds for the squadron innovation programs, investing $524,000 this fiscal year. These funds have been used to acquire 22 mission-critical requirements for the 51st Mission Support and Maintenance Groups, nurturing an innovation-focused environment to enhance operational readiness.

Conclusion

The 51st Comptroller Squadron played an instrumental role in successfully executing the $140 million budget for the 51st Fighter Wing in fiscal year 2023. By diligently managing financial operations, securing additional funding, and allocating resources effectively, they ensured the mission-critical needs of the wing were met. The impact extended beyond the mission, with investments in infrastructure and quality of life enhancements for Airmen at Osan Air Base. Looking ahead, the squadron is already preparing for future budget planning, emphasizing collaboration and innovation to drive increased readiness.

FQA :

What was the total budget executed by the 51st Comptroller Squadron for fiscal year 2023?

The 51st Comptroller Squadron managed a budget of $140 million for fiscal year 2023 to support the needs and mission of the 51st Fighter Wing.

How did the 51st CPTS obtain additional funding for previously unfunded requirements?

The 51st CPTS advocated for additional funding from Pacific Air Force Command and Air Force Installation Mission Support Center, securing an additional $6.15 million to address over 50 previously unfunded requirements.

What investments were made in improving the infrastructure and quality of life at Osan Air Base?

The 51st CPTS invested in various infrastructure projects such as a network management center for the 51st Communications Squadron and equipping the new chapel with furniture and accessories. They also allocated funds for cold-weather gear for Airmen in the 51st Maintenance Group and the 51st Security Forces Squadron.

What are the key elements of the budget planning process for the 51st CPTS?

The budget planning process for the 51st CPTS involves close collaboration with commanders and resource advisors to identify unit needs. They also allocate funds for innovative projects through the squadron innovation programs, aimed at increasing operational readiness.

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