|Story & photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Support to children and Families is always an important focus at Fort
McCoy, said Terrence Rogalla. Rogalla is the new program manager for the
Army Community Service (ACS) Family Advocacy and Exceptional Family
Member Programs (EFMP).
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and information displays will be
featured at McCoy’s, building 1571, the Community Activity Center,
building 2000, and the Exchange, building 1538. Information handouts
also will be available at these locations, as well as from ACS, building
Employees from Team REIL of
Union, Ill., sub contractor for Miracle Playground
Equipment Company of Hastings, Minn., finish the landscaping of
a boundless playground equipment area at Pine View Campground.
The area will have a grand-opening ceremony in June.
“The goal of child abuse prevention is simple,” Rogalla said. “It is
to stop abuse and neglect from happening and to create strong and caring
For more information about child-abuse prevention, visit the website
The EFMP offers information and support for eligible military Families
who have a member with exceptional needs. Rogalla said a respite care
program, for example, provides a temporary rest period for Family
members responsible for the routine care of their Family members with
Another offering of the EFMP will be the opening of a boundless
playground at Pine View Campground in early June. The equipment, which
was paid for with EFMP funding, will support field trips by members of
the Child Development Center, as well as use by the public, he said.
“We’re also looking to provide educational classes to support the
community,” Rogalla said. “Our programs exist to help the Army take care
of Families of Soldiers. Families are an important component of Army
Members of the entire Fort McCoy community, including Soldiers,
retirees, Department of Defense (DoD) civilian employees, DoD contracted
employees and their Family members can attend ACS classes and events, he
Love and Logic is one of the classes Rogalla said will be held to
support Families. He also is planning to offer training for people who
are married or are in committed relationships to strengthen and enhance
those relationships. Dates are being determined.
“I’m thrilled to be with two of the many programs we have here at ACS to
support all aspects of the military community,” Rogalla said. “Everyone
is welcome to stop in and see everything that we have to offer.” Other
ACS programs include Army Family Action Plan, Deployment Readiness,
Information and Referral, Financial Readiness, Survivor Outreach
Services, Relocation Readiness, Army Family Team Building, Spouse
Employment Readiness, Family Focus, Army Emergency Relief, Military
Family Life Consultants and the Army Volunteer Corps.
For more information about ACS programs, call 608-388-3505 or visit the
website www.mccoymwr.com and click
on Soldier and Family Readiness and Army Community Service.
For more information about Family Advocacy or EFMP, call Rogalla at