had a very good 2009 and is well-positioned to take advantage of
opportunities in 2010 and beyond, said Col. David E. Chesser at the
Garrison Commander’s Work Force Briefing sessions conducted Jan. 21.
Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. David E.
Chesser addresses the audience during a Garrison Commander’s
Work Force Briefing session Jan. 21 at Fort McCoy.
(Photo by Val Hyde)
briefed you last year, I shared a quote from Major General Sholar, our
Senior Commander at the time, who said the value of Fort McCoy’s stock
had never been higher,” Chesser said. “Well, I’m here today to tell you
the value of our stock is even higher.”
organizations, including the Installation Management Command (IMCOM),
are noticing the good work Fort McCoy does, he said.
this year, Chesser briefed Russell Hall, Regional Director at IMCOM-Northeast,
which is Fort McCoy’s higher headquarters.
“IMCOM-Northeast is extremely pleased with Fort McCoy because we’re
getting the job done,” Chesser said. “We’ve proven to be very efficient
at what we do, and that’s earned their respect.”
quoted Hall as saying, “Fort McCoy has excelled at the strategic
planning process and installation master planning, whereas most
installations do not. Because of this, and your demonstrated ability to
communicate your requirements and execute funds efficiently on the right
projects, you have been the beneficiary of tremendous supplemental
used the Work Force Briefing to review the results of the garrison’s May
2009 Organizational Self-Assessment (OSA). He reported that the 2007 OSA
highlighted the need to improve leadership communication.
why we’re here today,” he said. “I recognized the need to
more-effectively communicate the performance goals to you and provide
feedback on how we’re doing. At the end of last year’s briefing I asked
you to help me move that ‘x’ (score), and you listened.”
number of garrison personnel — 380 or 47 percent — completed the 2009
OSA. IMCOM-Northeast officials noted it was the highest level of
participation in the region, according to the Plans, Analysis and
Integration Office (PAIO).
assessment showed a tremendous improvement from 2007 in all six
categories of the Baldrige criteria, which corporate America uses to
judge organizational effectiveness. The results provided the garrison
leadership the statistically relevant data needed to make improvements.
OSA will occur in the April-May time frame, according to the PAIO, and
Chesser again encouraged garrison employees to participate and provide
used the briefing to further educate the work force on the garrison’s
strategic planning process. He explained that every five years, the
garrison leadership completes a detailed strategic planning process
consisting of four planning sessions or phases. The first phase was
completed in December 2009 and the remaining three phases will be
completed by May 2010.
outcome of the planning process will be a published strategic business
plan for the garrison consisting of a mission and vision statement,
values, organizational beliefs, and supporting strategic objectives,
action plans and performance goals. “Just as the 2005 strategic business
plan served as a guide to our future, the 2010 strategic business plan
will ensure Fort McCoy’s relevancy to the Army and Army Reserve for the
next five years,” Chesser said.
is fulfilling its mission to underpin readiness of the force by serving
as a training center and a support site for power-projection missions.
The same is true for its vision to be the premier training center and
force-projection site of choice for America’s Defense Forces, especially
if the words “reserve component” are added, he said.
to other installations that primarily support reserve-component
training, Fort McCoy has more support facilities, ranges and training
areas, which equates to more troop training capability. “Our tremendous
capabilities combined with our understanding of reserve-component forces
and our willingness to support their requirements make us a premier
training site for reserve units. I believe we are the ‘Crown Jewel’ of
reserve-component installations,” he said. “… I think we’re going to see
more and more reserve-component forces coming here in the future.”
highlighted the garrison’s current strategic objectives, which have
played a key role over the last five years in helping Fort McCoy achieve
the installation infrastructure.
Fort McCoy executed a record $63.8 million in sustainment, renovation
and modernization funding in 2009 resulting in tremendous modernization
of the installation’s infrastructure.
land-use initiatives that enhance Fort McCoy’s military value.
During 2009, Fort McCoy coordinated with the Department of Defense
Office of Economic Adjustment to conduct a Joint Land Use Study in
conjunction with state and local government. The goal of the study is to
help landowners on the installation’s borders understand the importance
of protecting Fort McCoy from encroachment that may lead to its future
and expand Fort McCoy’s customer base consistent with the installation’s
“‘If we build it, they will come.’ If our facilities provide for a high
quality of life for the forces training here and if our ranges are
second to none — there will be no need to market ourselves,” he said.
“Soldiers and units will seek out Fort McCoy as the best place to
additional funding through new and alternate means.
Chesser said the record level of construction last year was a direct
byproduct of receiving $45.1 million in funds from the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act of 2009, or stimulus funding. Fort McCoy received
stimulus funding because of excellent strategic and master planning.
When the office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation
Management contacted Fort McCoy in late 2008 and asked the installation
to nominate projects for stimulus funding, the Directorate of Public
Works (DPW) immediately provided
$90 million in well-documented requirements that simply needed funding
well-being programs that foster a sense of installation community.
Five years ago Fort McCoy developed plans to deliver programs and
services that provide a higher quality of life on the installation.
“It’s now called the Army Family Covenant, and we remain committed to
its implementation,” he said.
2009 – The Year in Review
Year 2009 (FY 09) marked the 25th consecutive year that Fort McCoy
supported the training of more than 100,000 Soldiers annually. More than
105,000 servicemembers trained at Fort McCoy this past year, including
18,459 servicemembers who mobilized or demobilized here.
garrison earned numerous honors during 2009. These included being named
an Army Communities of Excellence “Most Improved” installation in April
2009, selection as the IMCOM - Northeast Connelly Award winner for best
small dining facility operation, and selection by IMCOM – Northeast to
compete for the Army Maintenance Excellence Award. These honors are
testament to the outstanding efforts of the garrison work force.
previously mentioned, 2009 was a record year for construction on Fort
McCoy. “Not since the cantonment area was constructed in 1942 at a cost
of $30 million have we seen this level of construction funding,” Chesser
said. The large influx of stimulus funding allowed Fort McCoy to
renovate 31 barracks, or 1,550 bed spaces, bringing the installation’s
total renovated bed-space count to more than 6,900 beds. Along with the
barracks, Fort McCoy renovated company administrative and dining
facilities and constructed new maintenance, laundry and arms vault
facilities. “Our goal remains to provide adequate barracks and
associated support facilities for up to 10,000 Soldiers,” he said.
“Thanks to the outstanding efforts of the DPW staff, Fort McCoy will
achieve a 9,000 renovated bed-space capacity by the end of the calendar
year. That’s a significant improvement in quality of life on the
installation for training troops.”
said the installation is also working hard to improve life for the
Soldiers and civilians who live and work on the installation through
delivery of the Army Family Covenant. A new $4.8 million Child
Development Center opened in August 2009, increasing the installation’s
childcare capacity by 30 percent. Construction will begin this spring on
a new $7 million Youth Services Center that greatly will expand youth
programs and services on the installation. Construction also will begin
this spring on 33 new Army Family Housing units on South Post.
Additionally, the garrison’s initiative to construct a 100-room hotel on
the installation through a public/private venture remains on track for
possible construction in FY 11.
2010 — The Road Ahead
Competitive Sourcing Studies (public/private-sector competitions) or
Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) actions are not expected in the
foreseeable future, Chesser said. The 88th Regional Support Command has
completed its move here under a BRAC 2005 action. Additional alignments
involving the 84th Training Command and the Army Reserve Readiness
Training Center are expected to be completed in 2011.
announced that as Fort McCoy approaches the completion of its barracks
renovation effort, the focus will turn to planning for the renovation or
construction of support facilities such as a new community activity
center to further improve the quality of life at Fort McCoy.
all the improvements bought us? A tremendously high customer
satisfaction rating,” Chesser said, noting that Soldiers completing exit
surveys consistently rate the installation’s support facilities
(barracks, laundry facilities, etc.) at 4.5 to 4.7 (on a five-point
Department of the Army housing market analysis determined that Fort
McCoy needed 137 Army Family Housing units for personnel who live on
post in support of the installation’s mission. However, currently there
are only 25 homes on South Post. The planned construction of 33 more
homes in 2010 will increase the number of homes on post to 58 and leave
a requirement for 79 more. “We will continue to work with IMCOM to
secure funding for additional homes,” Chesser said.
installation currently leases 80 homes in Tomah under a congressionally
authorized 801 Lease Program. These homes help the installation fulfill
the additional 79 Army Family Housing unit requirement. However, the 801
Lease expires in 2012 and an extension of this program is not
authorized. The installation currently is working with IMCOM and the
Army Corps of Engineers to coordinate a commercial lease until funding
is available to construct additional homes on South Post.
construction projects currently under way or programmed to begin within
the next few years will impact operations on the installation.
installation recently completed renovation of a large part of the 800
Block. These facilities will serve as the 86th Training Brigade
Headquarters. The 86th Training Brigade will assume responsibility for
pre-mobilization collective training of battalion- and brigade-sized
units at Fort McCoy effective September 2010. The unit will serve as the
Operations Group for the Combat Support Training Center (CSTC)
capability that will stand up at Fort McCoy over the next several years.
The CSTC will transform Fort McCoy into a Combat Training Center
specifically designed to support the training of combat- support and
combat-service-support units. Fort McCoy will be similar to the National
Training Center at Fort Irwin, which supports combat arms training.
As a CSTC,
the installation may be called upon, eventually, to train in excess of
10,000 Soldiers annually. This additional flow of forces through the
installation will provide a backfill for the expected loss of the
mobilization/demobilization mission as First Army relocates the 181st
Infantry Brigade, which coordinates mobilization training at Fort McCoy,
to Fort Lewis, Wash., in 2011.
649 and 650 are being renovated to serve as a headquarters facility for
Regional Training Center-Central, which conducts individual task
pre-mobilization training for approximately 8,000 Soldiers annually at
addition to ongoing renovation efforts, several major military
construction projects are on the Fiscal Year Defense Plan for
construction at Fort McCoy over the next five years. These projects
include a Network Enterprise Center (Directorate of Information
Management) facility in 2010, an NCO Academy classroom and Annual
Training barracks in 2011, a Container Loading Facility and Rail Loading
Complex in 2012, a new Access Control Point and Mail/Freight Facility
and Central Issue Facility in 2013, and an administrative complex for
the Resource Management Office, Mission and Installation Contracting
Command Office, Directorate of Logistics and Directorate of Public Works
said the Army Reserve is very happy with the installation’s support. The
fact that the Army Reserve continues to execute its major training
exercises, such as Patriot Warrior and Red Dragon, at Fort McCoy is
evidence of their satisfaction.
moral of the story is that we have built it, our customers like it and
they continue to utilize the installation for training,” he said. “This
is relevancy to the Department of Defense, the Army and it equates to
job security for the work force.”
All of the
major Army Reserve exercises conducted at Fort McCoy in 2009 will return
in 2010. In addition, the Army Reserve engineer community has decided to
conduct Operation Essayons here in 2010. “We expect to see roughly
13,000 Soldiers training on the installation during Diamond Saber,
Operation Essayons, Platinum Wrench, Global Medic, Red Dragon, Global
Patriot, Patriot Warrior, and Combat Support Training Center exercises,”
funding for 2010 is good, Chesser said, with the exception of the
Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
facing some challenges as a result of reduced appropriated funding for
our MWR programs that may necessitate a reduction in services,” he said.
“We’re working with IMCOM in an attempt to identify additional funding.
However, if we are unsuccessful, we may be forced to reduce operating
hours within some MWR programs.”
economic impact of the installation during 2008 was estimated at $1.127
billion — an all-time high for the installation. “Life is good,” Chesser
said. “Sparta, Tomah, Black River Falls, Onalaska, West Salem, Bangor,
Holmen and La Crosse love Fort McCoy because a lot of dollars are
changing hands. We have a huge impact on these local communities. And
we’ve got to recognize that, beyond the obvious benefits of our economic
impact, it’s in our best interest to abide by the Army Community
Covenant charter to be good neighbors.”
closed out the briefing by reminding the audience that Fort McCoy’s
organizational beliefs — to be customer driven, to focus on results and
accountability, to demonstrate quality in what we do, and to strive for
continuous improvement — were keys to the installation’s success in
2009, and these same organizational beliefs will remain imperatives to
A video of
the briefing will be shown on TV-6. Check the Fort McCoy Corporate
Network for the scheduled broadcast times.