[ The Real McCoy Online Home ]                                                                                                                    February 8, 2008

Sholar to be new Fort McCoy 
Senior Mission Commander

      Fort McCoy Installation Commander Col. Derek Sentinella announced that Maj. Gen. James R. Sholar has been designated as Fort McCoy's new Senior Mission Commander.  Sentinella said U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC) Commanding General Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz has directed that the commanding generals of the four newly formed Regional Support Commands (RSCs) assume the role of Senior Mission Commander of installations that primarily support the Army Reserve within their geographical area of responsibility.  This is a change in the previous business model used by USARC when integrating training at dedicated Army Reserve Installation Management Command (IMCOM) installations. In the past, the USARC deputy commanding general held this responsibility for all Army Reserve installations.

Photo: Maj. Gen. James R. Sholar

      Installations affected by this change, effective Jan. 17, include Fort McCoy, Fort Dix, Fort Devens, Fort Buchanan, and Fort Hunter Liggett. All directly contribute to Army Reserve readiness by supporting training and/or mobilization.

      For Fort McCoy, this means that Maj. Gen. Sholar will be dual hatted and therefore have the duties of both the commanding general of the 88th RSC and Senior Mission Commander for the installation. The geographical area of the 88th RSC, which is headquartered at Fort McCoy, includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. Fort McCoy is the only IMCOM installation within the upper Midwest area that directly supports the Army Reserve.

      According to Army Regulation 600-20, Army Command Policy, the Senior Mission Commander is responsible for providing executive-level oversight of the mission activities and support services provided to the installation's training and mobilizing customers.  The role of the Senior Mission Commander includes:

  • Championing the mission and resource needs of the installation.

  • Acting as an advocate to help achieve the strategic objectives of the installation.

  • Ensuring installation-wide programs such as force protection, master planning and well-being activities (Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation) are properly executed in accordance with higher-headquarters objectives.

  • Promoting an awareness of the installation and its capabilities to internal and external audiences.

  • Senior rating the Garrison Commander/Installation Commander.

"Having a Senior Mission Commander with 'boots on the ground' at Fort McCoy will be a great advantage..."

Col. Derek J. Sentinella,
Fort McCoy Installation Commander

      Sentinella said the decision is good news for Fort McCoy.

      "Having a Senior Mission Commander with 'boots on the ground' at Fort McCoy will be a great advantage, as it will allow Major General Sholar to see the breadth and depth of Fort McCoy's mission and role as one of the nation's premier training sites and one of the nation's busiest Power Projection Platforms," Sentinella said.

"As Major General Sholar assumes this new role, he will be visiting and talking with garrison personnel. He needs to understand the scope of our responsibilities and will see the professionalism we bring to the table as an installation team that supports the training and mobilization of military personnel from all branches of the armed forces." 

      Sholar previously commanded the 90th Regional Readiness Command (RRC), headquartered in North Little Rock, Ark.  The footprint for the 90th RRC included the states of Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and New Mexico. At peak strength, the 90th RRC consisted of more than 18,000 Soldiers in more than 200 units.

      Sholar said, "I am proud to be part of the Fort McCoy team.  The post has a tremendous reputation for providing outstanding training and mobilization support to individuals and units from all services.  I look forward to working with the team in finding ways that Fort McCoy can be even more valuable in the defense of our country."


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