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January 11, 2013


Real Property Planning Board moves McCoy forward

Strategic information about current and future facility initiatives was among the business at a recent meeting of the Fort McCoy Real Property Planning Board (RPPB).

Darrell Neitzel, director of Fort McCoy’s Directorate of Public Works (DPW), said the meetings are held to discuss current installation facility projects, present information about future installation plans and to receive input about new missions or initiatives of the installation tenant organizations.
PHOTO: A Real Property Planning Board meeting is held at Fort McCoy. Photo by Rob Schuette
Darrell Neitzel, director of Fort McCoy’s Directorate of Public Works, addresses a meeting of the Real Property Planning Board at Fort McCoy. The meetings are used to discuss current installation facility projects and to present future plans to receive input from installation tenant organizations about their missions.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)

Members of the RPPB hold meetings twice a year, spring and fall, and will meet next in April to discuss installation facility planning updates, he said.

RPPB meetings provide support for the Fort McCoy mission. The mission includes supporting the training and readiness of military personnel and units of all branches and components of America’s armed forces.

Fort McCoy’s senior commander’s role in the RPPB is to evaluate the facility needs across the entire installation, including all tenant organizations.

The senior commander attends the meetings to be informed by the DPW and the garrison commander about what Fort McCoy has done to accomplish its Strategic Business Plan and the Senior Commander’s Integrated Priority List.

The senior commander also listens to the non-garrison organizations to see if they are being taken care of, to see if there are competing priorities and whether there are missions on the horizon that will require planning, Neitzel said.

The senior commander also would use this forum to make known any information that may affect the installation, Neitzel said.
“The board really is interested in what the tenant organizations may have on their horizon as far as major mission changes that will affect building needs or land space,” Neitzel said.

Board meetings, however, are not the avenue used by organizations to request more or better space. Neitzel said that process starts with a space request form to indicate building space needs and the justification.

Neitzel said board meetings review the new construction projects so everyone knows what is coming and if and how it will impact them.

Water- and sewer-line replacements, and the subsequent paving projects, for example, will continue this year, he said.
Troop facility renovation projects also are high on the list. Among the goals is to complete renovation of the 700 block so the 181st Infantry Brigade can complete its move there from the 1900 block.

Buildings in the 2600 to 2700 block will be upgraded, as necessary, to bring them to the same standards as the other renovated areas on post.

Liane Haun, DPW master planner, said the installation land-use zoning map, similar to what a city would use, is used to locate new missions properly with similar missions or facility needs.

A current installation training goal is to ensure 10,000 beds are available at all times to support training requirements. Several options are available to support building renovations and/or moves of training organizations, Haun said. One option is to use the bedding spaces in the 600 and 800 blocks to support bedding needs until renovations are completed in the 1900 block.

The 600 and 800 blocks also will be used to provide transitional administrative space while administrative facilities are renovated in the 1100 to 1300 block.

Another major duty of the RPPB is to monitor the development of the installation’s Master Plan components.

Brian Harrie of DPW discussed how the work flow process for renovation or military construction proceeds to plan, validate, program, prioritize, fund and construct projects.

Although DPW may not be involved in the documentation process for a new tenant project, DPW needs to be involved in the design phase to help ensure compliance with the Fort McCoy Master Plan and to ensure all installation standards are met.
Tenant organizations use the meetings as a forum to present their accomplishments and future mission needs.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 David Clayton of Regional Training Site (RTS)-Maintenance said organization representatives regularly attended the meetings to present their future plans and get answers about how it can be incorporated into Fort McCoy’s future plans.

Maj. Victor McGee, RTS-Maintenance commandant, said the meeting helps attendees understand the installation’s planning process.

“It also is a great venue to present what we do and get advice on how to do it better,” McGee said. “The process can help us expand what we are doing or can do on the installation.”

1st Sgt. David White of the Staff Sgt. Todd R. Cornell Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Academy said the organization is represented at the meetings because it is important the command leadership team understands what is occurring at Fort McCoy regarding planning and construction.

“Understanding what is going on at Fort McCoy helps us understand how it impacts what we do at the NCO Academy and gives us a chance to meet other key players and tenants on the installation,” he said.

The academy has welcomed a number of construction projects to support its training requirements, beginning with an administrative facility.

Phase II of the construction, a classroom facility, recently was completed, while Phase III, a billeting facility, has been approved and construction is beginning.

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