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 March 26, 2010

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Army Regulations allow private organizations with military affiliations to meet at McCoy

Four private organizations with military affiliations worked with Army Regulations to form their groups and hold their meetings at Fort McCoy, which provides a convenient location for their members.

The Friends and Spouses of Fort McCoy, the United States Field Artillery Association, the Association of the United States Army (AUSA, Robert B. McCoy Chapter) and the Warrant Officers Association, Chapter 317 operate under Army Regulation (AR) 210-22 at Fort McCoy, said Debra Wamsley, a support assistant of the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) Management Support Division.

Private organizations are defined as self-sustaining and non-federal entities, Wamsley said. As self-sustaining organizations, they procure operating funds primarily through dues, contributions, service charges, fees or special assessment of members.
“Private organizations will not use Army services,” Wamsley said. “This includes legal, audit, transportation, postal, printing, etc.”

The organizations may use Army facilities to hold meetings, such as those scheduled for after work. They also can take advantage — if they are authorized patrons — of the other facilities Fort McCoy offers, such as food, recreation, fitness, etc.
Wamsley said in addition to approval under AR 210-22, all private organizations will have at least one of the following: a charter, articles of agreement, constitution, bylaws or other authorization documentation.

Group members also must provide information about the nature of the organization, its functions, planned use of funds and activities.

Harry Hughes of the Fort McCoy Legal Office said the approval of a private organization is valid for two years. All private organizations meeting at Fort McCoy must follow all other applicable regulations, such as safety and security, range operations and public affairs.

“Fort McCoy does not assume or incur any obligation or liability resulting from the activities of a private organization on the installation,” Hughes said.

The regulations for forming private organizations do not apply to such organizations as the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program. BOSS operates as a bona fide extension of the Nonappropriated Fund section of the DFMWR and falls under recreational or educational activities, Wamsley said.

For more information about the process in the Fort McCoy community contact Wamsley at 608-388-2813 or send an e-mail to debra.wamsley@us.army.mil.

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