Financing the Fight

Lt. Col. Ed Dagney, 177th Comptroller Flight Commander, poses in front of a Mine Resistant Anti-Personnel (MRAP) vehicle in Afghanistan.  Courtesy photo.

Lt. Col. Ed Dagney, 177th Comptroller Flight Commander, poses in front of a Mine Resistant Anti-Personnel (MRAP) vehicle in Afghanistan. Courtesy photo.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- On Oct 1, 2011, Lt. Col. Ed Dagney arrived at Kabul, Afghanistan, as Comptroller for Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan (CFSOCC-A).

Far from his home in New Jersey, Dagney was tasked with helping the Afghan National Police with a comprehensive pay system for the Afghan Local Police (ALP) program.

Dagney participated in various battlefield circulations, conducting inspections in Helmand, Farah, Herat, Lash Kar Gah, and Shindad, where he received first-hand looks at the equipment and checkpoints used by the Afghan Local Police. By assessing the ALP needs, and rewriting several transaction procedures, CFSOCC-A was able to meet mission requirements for the ALP while simultaneously maintaining fiscal integrity.

"Getting this type of opportunity to help the ALP was a gratifying experience," said Dagney. "Serving with combined U.S. forces as well as international forces made for an interesting and worthwhile deployment."