|(Editor’s note: “SPOTLIGHT” is a continuing series
about tenant activities and missions at Fort McCoy.)
What is it?
The Fort McCoy Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) office, located
in building 2187, provides human resource support to Department of the
Army Civilians (DAC) and military technicians.
The Fort McCoy CPAC is assigned to the North Central Region Civilian
Human Resource Agency (CHRA) located at Rock Island, Ill. CHRA is
headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. The North Central Region
is one of seven regions worldwide. CHRA reports to the Army, Deputy
Chief of Staff, G-1 (Personnel).
Adam Mickelson, Management Employee Relations adviser with the
Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, works on labor relations
(Photo by Theresa Fitzgerald)
The Fort McCoy CPAC employs 90 personnel on the installation and 50
employees at Rock Island. It is the largest CPAC office in the Army. The
McCoy office provides service to 9,000 military technicians and 2,500
DACs, from the Fort McCoy garrison; Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif.; Parks
Reserve Forces Training Area, Calif.; and the U.S. Army Reserve Command.
Other supported customers include employees from the Media Publication
Center at St. Louis, Military Entrance Processing Stations, Recruiting
Battalions, the Medical Department Activity and First U.S. Army (181st
Infantry Brigade and two units at Camp Atterbury, Ind.).
The geographic area for customers is the continental United States,
Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Germany, Belgium,
Italy, Saipan and Northern Mariana Islands.
Since the 1970s, some version of a Civilian Personnel Office (CPO)
structure has been operational at the installation. CPO transformed to
the CPAC structure in September 1998.
CPAC originally was aligned as a garrison organization, and, in 2001,
began reporting directly to the U.S. Army Reserve Command and
subsequently was moved under CHRA.
The McCoy CPAC has four divisions. The Staffing and Classification
Division acts as an adviser to managers and prepares vacancy
announcements, accepts resumes, rates resumes and issues referral lists
to supervising managers that have staff vacancies. When a selection is
made, the division contacts the selected applicant, makes a job offer
and generates an action for the applicant to become a government
The Labor/Management Employee Relations (L/MER) Division advises
managers and employees dealing with performance or conduct issues within
the workplace (i.e. complaints grievances, appraisals, and disciplinary
actions). L/MER also administers the Office of Workers Compensation
Program (OWCP). OWCP specialists provide information and advice to
employees and management about work-related injuries and claim filing.
The program strongly advocates employees returning to work. L/MER
promotes re-training programs to help employees get back into the work
force, in a position which meets any limitations. L/MER also has
retirement service personnel on staff to provide assistance and conduct
pre-retirement seminars. Additionally, L/MER administers the Leave
Transfer and Unemployment Compensation program.
The Training Division primarily trains the CPAC staff, making sure they
have the training to do their job. Rules, regulations and systems are
changing constantly. The division also prepares and publishes the CPAC
The Nonappropriated Fund Division services the Family and Morale,
Welfare and Recreation employees on Fort McCoy, Fort Hunter Liggett,
Parks Reserve Forces Training Area and Rock Island. The division
supports 491 employees.
What have they done?
CPAC worked with garrison management for employee transition through
several A-76 Commercial Activities Studies and Base Realignment and
Closure actions over the last several years. They were responsible for
personnel support of the transition of the Army Reserve personnel
working with Army Reserve activities, the stand up of the 88th Regional
Support Command and the move of the Army Reserve Readiness Training
Center to Fort Knox, Ky.
From July 2011 to June 2012, OWPC handled 747 claims with compensation
costs of nearly $3.92 million and medical costs of $1.54 million. Since
2009, more than $24.6 million in cost savings/avoidance was
What do they have planned?
CPAC will continue to focus on presidential initiatives to make
management more efficient and reduce the hiring process to an 80-day
Why are they important?
CPAC recruits, develops, and supports the Army’s civilian work force in
a competent, efficient, and effective manner. The Fort McCoy CPAC has
been recognized as a well-run organization, and its employees recognized
for their skills, customer service, knowledge, and expertise.
For more information about the Fort McCoy CPAC, call 608-388-CPAC
(2722). Information also is available at the website