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Volunteer campground host honored 
with Army-level award

By Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff

Photo: Robert Tatinger serves as a campground host at Pine View. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Robert Tatinger serves as a campground host at Pine View. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

      Pine View Recreation Area guests have long recognized the contributions of the volunteer campground camp host. The Department of the Army (DA) is aware of his service, too, and has honored him with the 2007 DA Friend of Recreation Award.

      Robert Tatinger, who also serves with the Fort McCoy Police Department, has volunteered as the campground host since 2001. He has devoted more than 15,000 hours of volunteer service during that time.

      Tatinger was nominated for being innovative with customers' suggestions, by putting forth helpful solutions to better accommodate patrons and to update services offered. He was formally recognized for the achievement during a Directorate of Human Resources/Directorate of Morale, Welfare and Recreation quarterly awards ceremony Jan. 24 at Fort McCoy.

      "It's nice to have a police officer living at the facility because it provides a sense of security and safety for the overnight guests and helps make their experience more enjoyable," said Pam Budda, Fort McCoy Outdoor Recreation manager.

      For his part, Tatinger said he enjoys his role serving as a campground host.


"I appreciate the chance to give something back to the community I live in. It's nice to interact and get to know the people at the campground..."

Robert Tatinger,
Pine View Campground Host

      "I appreciate the chance to give something back to the community I live in," he said. "It's nice to interact and get to know the people at the campground and help make this a good place to live."

      Tatinger has been especially helpful providing after-hours services, Budda said. He has helped defuse potentially acrimonious relations between customers, helped smooth out customer arrivals after hours and helped promote the beauty and excellence of the Pine View campground facility.

      "He always is willing to give 110 percent when it comes to the patrons," Budda said. "His warm smile and personality reflect throughout his (volunteer) work. His presence as a camp host has reflected pride, understanding, care and an enormous amount of responsibility."

      Tatinger also was  nominated for the 2007 Armed Forces Recreation Service (AFRS) Special Citation Award, and was recognized as the Installation Management Command West submission to AFRS.

 

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