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Revving Up: NY’s Finance Battalion Gets Battle Ready

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The New York Army National Guard has activated a Finance Battalion to better support stateside and overseas missions. The 27th Financial Management Support Unit transitioned into a finance battalion as part of the US Army’s force structure changes. Lt. Col. Sara Mitchell, the incoming commander of the battalion, emphasized the importance of retaining and properly training soldiers, while also addressing human resource and time challenges. The activation involved reorganizing detachments into companies and establishing a headquarters and headquarters detachment (HHD). The battalion currently manages five units and is responsible for managing federal funds and property for the National Guard.

The New York Army National Guard has activated a Finance Battalion to better support stateside and overseas missions. The 27th Financial Management Support Unit transitioned into a finance battalion on October 1st, 2023. Lt. Col. Sara Mitchell, the incoming commander of the battalion, emphasized the importance of retaining and properly training soldiers, while also addressing human resource and time challenges. The activation involved reorganizing detachments into companies and establishing a headquarters and headquarters detachment (HHD).

The battalion manages five units – The 4th, 7th, 14th, and 37th Finance Companies, and HHD 27th – and is currently comprised of 194 soldiers. During deployments, the finance battalion handles funds directly, while stateside they are responsible for managing federal funds and property provided to the National Guard. The activated battalion regularly supports domestic operations and emergency responses to natural disasters. The new command team for the headquarters and headquarters detachment (HHD) includes Capt. Schashuna Whyte and Sgt. 1st Class Byron Acuria.

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