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NCO 'Top Performer' vital in team effort during fiscal year close out

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  • By Staff Sgt. Jennifer Redente
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
Closing out the 2009 fiscal year funds here is a team effort for the 36th Comptroller Squadron, but the analyst flight commander selected this week's Top Performer for her support and teamwork after returning from her deployment Aug. 25. 

"Tech. Sgt. Sharon Westerkamp, 36th CPTS budget analyst, closed out some high-vis programs while training others in her section on various programs, duties and responsibilities," said Capt. Jason Coleman, 36th CPTS financial analyst flight commander. "She's an outstanding noncommissioned officer who was instrumental in closing our books this fiscal year by stepping up and leading the section to balance all accounts and execute the wing unfunded list." 

After returning from a six-month deployment serving as part of Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan at Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sergeant Westerkamp executed approximately $6 million on 117 different quality of life mission and facility projects. 

"Her keen sense of urgency and technical expertise allowed Andersen to execute last-minute requirements down to the penny," Captain Coleman said. 

Through September, Sergeant Westerkamp reviewed funding available for the installation commander and ensured paperwork was completed properly. 

"I closed out documents - researching any funding that needed to be added or removed to make sure the commander had the most accurate status of funds available, so he knew where to push funding to units in need," said Sergeant Westerkamp, a Cincinnati, Ohio, native. "I also closed out the education program - reconciling funding for Noncommissioned Officer Academy temporary duty assignments and pushed funding to refurnish the Airmen Leadership School and First Term Airman Center facilities." 

While accomplishing the mission to close out the necessary paperwork for the fiscal year, Sergeant Westerkamp assisted and trained Airmen in her section making sure travel vouchers were filed properly, which allowed 36th CPTS to be the only base in Pacific Air Forces Command with zero outstanding travel orders. 

Sergeant Westerkamp holds an associate's in financial management and has been assigned to Andersen AFB for four and a half years. She will be assigned to the 36th Mission Support Group as the group resource advisor to help them implement the Joint Region Marianas transfer. 

During her time off, Sergeant Westerkamp is an active member of the Guam Hawgs Motorcycle Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1509. She also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity. 

Sergeant Westerkamp's long-term goal is to retire and return to Ohio to farm.