|Story & photo by Geneve N. Mankel, Public Affairs
Upgrades to improve religious-service facilities at Fort McCoy are under
Doug Bell (left) and Brian Burke, employees of Business
Equipment Sales & Service Tomah, install speakers in the nursery
area of Chapel 1. The speakers will allow parents with young
children to listen to the service when caring for their children
in the nursery.
An Ecclesiastical Equipment Grant of several thousand dollars was
used to upgrade the sound system and nursery in both Chapel 1
(Protestant), building 2672, and Chapel 10 (Roman Catholic), building
1759, said Garrison Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Allen Raub.
The Fort McCoy Religious Support Office proposed a grant application
totaling $15,000. The application was submitted to the Installation
Management Command Chaplain’s Office in September, and was approved and
awarded by the Office of the Chief of Chaplains.
The sound system upgrades will include cordless microphones, visual
information equipment and new speakers. Office space in each of the
chapels is being converted into a nursery to allow for a more
Family-friendly environment during services, Raub said.
Speakers connected to each chapel’s sound systems will be installed in
the nurseries to allow parents to listen to the service while also
taking care of their children, he said. Nursery windows also provide
views of the service areas.
“The nurseries will allow parents with children to participate in the
services, as well as providing a child-appropriate room where kids can
be kids,” Raub said. “We don’t want to exclude Families with young
Before the upgrades parents who brought their children to services could
still use the office areas to take care of their children, but it was
difficult to hear the service and there weren’t activities to engage the
children, he said. Each nursery will be equipped with toys, child-sized
chairs and tables, bean bags, a TV and DVD player, and a rocking chair.
In the past the Chapels’ main congregations were Soldiers who were at
the installation for the mobilization and training missions, and,
because of that, there wasn’t a big need for Family-friendly areas, Raub
said. “Now we want to create a place where Soldiers with young children
can come and be involved in worship. Future projects at Chapel 10
include a new HVAC system, restroom and storage upgrades.
Protestant Worship Service and Roman Catholic Mass are held Sundays at
9:30 a.m. in their respective chapels.