Michele, The Real McCoy Contributor
As the new deputy for mobilization support for the U.S. Army
Garrison Fort Mc-Coy, Col. Bas Oskam is responsible for
"synchronizing the installation's support to the mobilization
effort at Fort McCoy."
Oskam said, "Mobilization is not the only business
at Fort McCoy, but at certain times we are highly engaged in support
of the mobilization and demobilization effort. When mobilized Soldiers
arrive at Fort McCoy, they are provided an intense training
environment which lasts between 30 to 60 days. We also support
demobilization of Soldiers, which takes about five days and is focused
on administration, medical functions and entitlements to return the
Soldier back to reserve status. But, more importantly, it is getting
them back to their families."
Oskam replaces Col. Scott A. McFarlane who has demobilized and
is working with the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.
Oskam, who reports to Installation Commander Col. Derek J.
Sentinella, has a long military career, starting in 1980 when he
received his commission in the active Army and in the Transportation
Corps. He served with the 1st Cavalry in Texas and Florida; Military
Traffic Management Command, Rotterdam, Netherlands; and other tours in
Georgia and Florida. He is a 2001 graduate of the Army War College in
At the time of his retirement in April 2006, Oskam was the
director of the Army Reserve Force Programs in the Office of the Chief
of the Army Reserve in the Pentagon.
He and his wife sold their Atlanta home and began traveling in
a recreational vehicle across many of the Mississippi River and Rocky
Mountain states, "searching for our Shangri La," he said.
They also traveled to East Germany, where he met a cousin he
had never met before, and the Scandinavian countries. Those travels
took over a year.
He then got a phone call from his previous commander to return
to the military and help with mobilization. Oskam did just that in
"I have mobilized through four posts in my military
career, and, when I came to Fort McCoy, my biggest impression of the
fort was the smiles on all of the faces of the Soldiers and
civilians." Oskam said. "They all have a deep concern about
taking care of Soldiers."
(Michele is a public affairs specialist for
Eagle Systems and Services Inc., contractor for CONUS Support Base