|Story & Photo by Tom Michele, Eagle Systems &
The Fort McCoy Mobilization Soldier Computer Center is an
important asset for mobilizing and demobilizing Soldiers during their
stay at Fort McCoy.
Sending and receiving e-mail from Families and friends, accessing Army
online training sources, and completing paperwork required for travel
arrangements are among the top reasons Soldiers use the center, located
in building 2773 in the heart of the Fort McCoy mobilization processing
Spc. Robert Anderson works to
assemble transcripts of his Army schooling using a computer at
the Mobilization Soldier Computer Center. He is with the 328th
Engineer Company, a New Jersey Army Reserve unit training to
deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Spc. Robert Anderson, with the 328th Engineer Company, a New Jersey
Army Reserve unit preparing to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi
Freedom, said, while seated at a center computer, “I’m getting my school
transcripts ready for my promotion points processing. That’s very
helpful so I can further my career.”
Master Sgt. Charles Zehner said he has spent many hours at the center.
Zehner, a member of the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Wisconsin
Army National Guard, returned recently from a one-year tour of duty in
Iraq. He has been subsequently assigned to the Fort McCoy Mobilization
Support Battalion as he processes into retirement after 28 years of
“The Computer Center is a huge benefit for Soldiers in the middle of
mobilization,” Zehner said. “It has been a great help as I process my
“Ninety percent of Soldiers have their own laptops, but, at the Computer
Center, they can access the Internet and their e-mail,” Zehner said.
“Also, at the center, they have a printer for use by Soldiers, and that
is huge. Very few Soldiers, especially on the move, have their own
Zehner also said he communicates with his Family and friends via e-mail,
and those e-mails may be printed and preserved as memories and
The center also has a copy machine and FAX machine for Soldier use.
“I’ve gotten a lot of help from the Computer Center operators,” he
The Computer Center has three desktop computers and 18 laptops. The
center is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Lynda Krog, one of the center’s operators, said the center has
consistent, and frequently, heavy use. Krog, who has worked at the
center for two years, said as many as 400 personnel have used the center
in one day, like when the larger brigade combat teams are at Fort McCoy
for mob or demob.
“When we are full of visitors, we allow each Soldier 15 minutes at a
time on a computer when doing unofficial business,” Krog said. “Then
they can go to the back of the waiting line, and it doesn’t take much
time to get back on a computer.” Soldiers doing official business are
not interrupted and those in line waiting to do official business are
moved to the front.
Krog noted the busiest time normally is before and after the evening
meal. “It depends when units allow Soldiers time off and also how many
Soldiers are mobing or demobing at any specific time.”
“The Computer Center allows Soldiers to communicate and touch base with
their Families and friends and to get a lot of their Soldier work
performed,” Krog concluded.