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CPTS Airmen keep the money mission moving

CPTS Airmen keep the money mission moving

Corey Russell, 66th Comptroller Squadron financial specialist, teleworks from his personal residence in Massachusetts, March 19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lauren Russell)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – As the threat of COVID-19 worsened, two 66th Comptroller Squadron Airmen here knew they had to ensure the mission would continue even if the squadron had to work remotely.

Senior Airman Dominick Hopson and Airman 1st Class Tabitha Bullock, 66 CPTS financial technicians and equipment custodians, worked together to verify the functionality of more than 300 information technology items, just in case the call came to work remotely.

“When we realized things were getting more and more serious, we took action,” said Hopson.

After going through the entire squadron IT inventory, the pair made sure every member had the proper equipment to work from home, and knew how to use it. This included switching personnel with desktops to laptops and offering tutorials on how to set up a remote work station.
In just a few short days, the 66 CPTS was fully telework-capable.

Because of Hopson and Bullock’s forethought and quick action, mission partners across Hanscom have been able to continue purchasing emergency supplies.

“The work they did ensured our budget and accounting teams remained fully mission capable,” said Tech. Sgt. Raymond Barkley, 66 CPTS Financial Operations flight chief. “During a crisis, it’s vital that units are able to continue spending their money, especially on cleaning supplies and safety equipment.”

Also helping the cause was Kasey DellArciprete, 66 CPTS financial specialist, who stepped in as the lead resource advisor for the 66th Air Base Group, working to ensure funds were loaded to make purchases.

“Our team has really worked well under pressure to transition so quickly,” said Master Sgt. Anthony Poulin, 66 CPTS first sergeant. “This is the type of self-leadership we value in crisis times like these.”

The members of the CPTS credit their resilience and readiness to their wingmen and their team as a whole, and squadron leaders say the Airmen’s commitment to the mission makes all the difference.

“Even though equipment custodian is an additional duty, they’ve given it the priority it needs, and the impact of telework has been almost non-existent because of their efforts,” said Barkley. “Hopson and Bullock have really shown the ’rise to the occasion’ characteristic the Air Force needs in Airmen of all ranks.”