DVIDS – News – TSC’s 1st Financial Management Analyst Finds Job Useful and Rewarding


FORT KNOX, Ky. – She left her first love – New York – for her soldier in the hills of Kentucky, and took a career leap by joining 1st Theater Sustainment Command. This move brought him a real sense of purpose in his work.

Andrea Peña, financial management analyst at the unit’s G-8 leadership, 1st TSC, brings a different perspective to the first team, coming from the world of international taxation in New York. Known to her friends as Andie, she has worked for some of the largest and most prestigious accounting firms in the country.

Peña worked as an accountant at Deloitte LLP, KPMG LLP and spent 10 years with the American International Group. She worked primarily in the area of ​​mergers and acquisitions, shareholder taxation and international taxation at AIG.

Her education prepared her for the world of taxation; and international tax is usually in a big city, so that’s how it landed in New York. Peña holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and received a full scholarship to the University of Denver, where she earned a master’s degree in taxation.

While in New York, Peña loved seeing the New York City Ballet and was a member of the Museum of Modern Art. It also regularly revels in live music and embraces all that makes it the “city that never sleeps”.

Peña was also overworked, working 70–80 hour workweeks and living apart from her husband. So, after 16 years of living in the Big Apple, she packed her bags and headed to Fort Knox – where she noticed a huge change in her health once she arrived.

“I’m the happiest and healthiest I’ve been in twenty years,” she proclaimed. After embracing so much of what the Fort Knox area offers, Peña contributes her rejuvenated life to spending more time outdoors, experiencing true work/life balance, and finally living with her husband. for nine years.

Since arriving, Peña has taken up running and has enjoyed seeing wildlife in post. She mostly runs early in the morning and sees deer, foxes, rabbits and many species of birds. She has even been spotted running with the unit and has completed the Army Ten Miler for the past two years. Peña also enjoys exercising and worked as a personal trainer for seven years.

The Colorado native enjoys hiking in her spare time, and now she has a lot more.

In addition to work/life balance, Peña enjoys many other benefits as a Department of Defense (DoD) employee. However, her real satisfaction is seeing the impact of her work.

“I feel really appreciated here and it makes me want to work hard and give my best to people,” she proclaimed.

Peña didn’t know how his education and experience would translate to civilian DoD employment, and crafting that initial resume was a challenge. “I struggled to translate all my experience into a full 7-10 page resume,” she said.

“It’s so different from international taxation,” she explained. “Everything there is shareholder driven and you feel like you’re working to death for something that doesn’t even benefit you or anyone you know. It is for the CEO, the board of directors and the earnings per share of the company.

Peña said she gets a lot more personal satisfaction working here. “With tax accounting, I was helping companies navigate or circumvent tax laws. It wasn’t always black and white. She likes how the military adheres to standard operating procedures and financial management regulations.

As a budget analyst at 1st TSC, Peña works primarily with the General Fund Enterprise Business System, performing analysis for financial management reports, committing funds, and reviewing contracts and government acquisition card usage. “If it involves money with the 1st TSC, it goes through our office,” she said.

Andie also brings much of her job satisfaction to her great team. “I’m very lucky in the G-8,” she said. “Boredom is the kiss of death for me, and I can’t be bored at G-8.”

“Entering a new career field is very stimulating for me and made me want to learn more,” said Peña. “I learn something new every day at 1st TSC.”

Peña shared that while she’s not always the smartest person in the room, it drives her to always push herself to expand her knowledge base. “I had to learn acronyms and the vernacular in addition to the budget cycle and appropriations,” she said. She noted that her leadership and her team played an important role in teaching and answering questions.

“After my first year here, I decided I wanted to finish my career at DoD,” Pena said. With her husband serving in the military, Peña enjoys her supporting the soldiers.

Now living in post with her husband, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Hammon, who works at the Army Human Resources Command, Pena, said: “It was really good moving in together and establishing a routine.”

The pair met through a mutual friend, courted from a distance, married and lived apart, until they finally teamed up when she moved here to be with him. She left New York just before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the city.

Their mutual friend thought they would like each other, because they have common interests. “I’m a comic book geek,” Peña proclaimed.

She attended the New York Comic Convention every year and invited Hammon to attend with her. “He even wore a suit,” she said. “I thought, okay, you could be my perfect partner.”

This match became her husband. However, combining households just took them longer. “Now my friends say I’m glowing and looking healthier,” she said. “I feel like my shoulders have finally come down, and I’m able to step back and relax.”

In addition to her husband, Mike, Andie shares her home with a single companion. Mr. Pinkerton is her beloved cockatoo who traveled with her from New York to Fort Knox.

“I love birds,” she says. “I’ve put up a few bird feeders for myself and for Mr. Pinkerton. It’s become meta, she laughs.

He would ride the New York subway with Peña. Now he watches birds and other wildlife outdoors. She described him as a people magnet.

“I used to take him out in his mesh bag and people loved talking to him,” she said. “He used to dance and flap his wings with the subway artists.”

“As soon as I walked through the door, he said, ‘Come here,'” she said.

He also says “Hey, Pinkerton” and “I love you”. Since Peña tells him that he is a good boy, he also says, “I am a good boy.

“It’s more entertaining than television,” Peña said.

Bird in tote, Peña made this life-changing move here.

“Now I’m doing something that I really enjoy and love, and I don’t care about the money so much,” she said.

Although she often misses the big city, Peña pointed out that “this is where I’m supposed to be at this point in my life!”

Date taken: 21.01.2022
Date posted: 21.01.2022 16:03
Story ID: 413235

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