Open houses set for renovated
buildings 103, 104
|An open house for building 103 will be held from
8:30-10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 at Fort McCoy. Everyone in the Fort McCoy
work force is welcome to view the renovated workspace for the
Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS).
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison at Fort McCoy
also will hold an open house in its newly renovated facility, building
104, on the same date.
To meet the increase of mission-sets within the DPTMS Plans, Operations
and Security Division, an analysis was conducted to provide a
more-efficient and functional work environment for the division’s
personnel. The approved course of action was to renovate building 103 to
provide a more-secure environment for Security Branch personnel, while
also allowing for expansion of the Plans and Operations Branch within
Specific enhancements for building 103 include a secure storage area for
security training and antiterrorism support equipment, and a designated
area for General Services Administration-approved safes, which require a
climate-controlled environment. A loading dock also was added to
facilitate the transfer of equipment in support of Security Branch
A private interview room was designed into the renovation to facilitate
the conduct of background interviews to meet Army Regulations governing
privacy concerns. The private interview room provides a secure, private
and professional environment required during the process of obtaining a
Department of Defense Security clearance.
In addition, a state-of-the-art training room was designed. It is
equipped with both a 70-inch smart board and a 70-inch flat-screen
television, each capable of accessing information on the Internet. These
assets allow Security Branch personnel to perform required training for
McCoy garrison personnel, as well as host classified training up to the
At one time, building 103 was used as a Finance Office, which required
the use of a security vault. As a part of this renovation by the
Directorate of Public Works (DPW), the vault was updated and equipped
with the necessary assets to permit the activation of a Secure Internet
Protocol Network (SIPRNET) suite to permit Security Branch personnel to
access sites that support providing intelligence in support of force
A conference room with secure video teleconference (SVTC) capability was
added to building 103 to assist the Security Branch in its mission. This
suite primarily will function as an alternate to the current suite
located in building 102, allowing additional flexibility and maximizing
VTC conference capabilities for the installation. Because building 103
is an extension of the Installation Emergency Operations Center (IEOC),
a fully functional kitchen was added to assist in feeding personnel
working during 24/7 operations.
Two office spaces were designed into the renovation to support
designated Liaison Officers (LNOs) from outside agencies to the IEOC.
Previously, there was no designated location for outside agencies to
operate from in support of Fort McCoy’s IEOC. The proximity of these LNO
Offices will decrease response time, and increase communications during
both exercises and real-world incidents.
The perimeter fencing around buildings 102 and 103 was extended to allow
for future IEOC expansion. Plans are being developed to construct a new
IEOC to meet the requirements of the installation in responding to any
all-hazards incident in the future.
This renovation project not only was completed on schedule by DPW, it
exceeds initial expectations of operational capability, and also is a
good example of financial responsibility through the reuse of office
equipment remaining from the drawdown of the mobilization mission at
Fort McCoy, said David Cochran, Chief, Security Branch.
Office furniture, computers, the SVTC suite, and other equipment from
the installation’s recently completed mobilization mission was used in
support of the building 103 renovation. The decision to reuse this
equipment rather than buy new equipment resulted in a cost avoidance of
more than $250,000.
(Submitted by Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and