Fort McCoy garrison has been selected as one of three winners in the
Army Communities of Excellence (ACOE) competition most improved
Rooker of the Fort McCoy Plans, Analysis and Integration Office (PAIO)
said the garrison will receive $200,000 for being selected as a most
improved recipient. U.S. Army garrisons in Schinnen, Europe, and Fort
Campbell, Ky., also were winners in the new category.
Commander Col. David E. Chesser, Garrison Command Sergeant Major
Command Sgt. Maj. M. Kevin Dubois and Sgt. Joseph Veness of the Fort
McCoy U.S. Army Garrison represented the installation at the May 5
award ceremony. The installation received a trophy and commemorative
monetary award will be made in fiscal year (FY) 2010. According to the
ACOE Award Year FY 2009 policy, the funds must be used to benefit the
entire installation/community and the use must be consistent with the
ACOE program intent of facilitating continuous improvement in
ACOE program uses the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance
Excellence to evaluate competing installations, according to an
Installation Management Command (IMCOM) news release. Participants are
judged against this common standard and not against each other.
"We hope this is a breakthrough to bigger things in this
Plans, Analysis and Integration Office
active Army installations are selected by an independent panel of
judges based on the evaluation of the installations’ written
applications, results of their online organizational self-assessments
(OSA), and additional information gathered during site visits by
examiner teams. The award program recognizes continuous business
process improvement, groundbreaking initiatives and devotion to
efficiency, effectiveness and customer care in providing support to
Soldiers, families, retirees and civilian employees who work, live,
train and play on Army installations.
overall winner in this year’s ACOE competition was Fort Stewart,
Ga., and Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. They will receive a $1 million
Bragg, N.C., and Fort Meade, Md., placed second and Fort Knox, Ky.;
U.S. Army Garrison Daegu, Republic of Korea and U.S. Army Garrison
Camp Humphreys, Republic of Korea placed third. The second-place
winners will receive $500,000 each, and the third-place winners
Special Category ACOE winner for the Army National Guard is the Ohio
Army National Guard, while the 96th Regional Readiness Command, Fort
Douglas, Utah, is the winner in the Special Category for the U.S. Army
Reserve. They each will receive $750,000.
McCoy submitted its ACOE package in September 2008 and had an ACOE
site visit in November 2008, Rooker said.
currently have an OSA under way," Rooker said. "I encourage
everyone in the garrison to participate in it and to be honest in
their answers. The results of this current OSA will be one of the
components evaluated during the next ACOE competition."
said the next Fort McCoy ACOE submission will be prepared in the
August-September time frame.
installation will try to build on its past ACOE honors, which include
a win in the small installation category for the 1995 competition, and
a number of high finishes in the U.S. Army Reserve ACOE competition,
including being the winner in the 2001-2003 competitions.
McCoy also was a Department of the Army (DA) finalist in 2001 and a DA
1st runner-up in 2002-2003.
now compete against all Installation Management Command
installations," Rooker said. "We hope this is a breakthrough
to bigger things in this competition."
more information about ACOE in the Fort McCoy community or the OSA,
call Rooker at 608-388-4157.
(Information in this story
also is from an Installation Management Command news release.)