|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
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
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