Michele, The Real McCoy Contributor
Maj. Oscar Kelly helped put the shingles on the roof and the siding on
the exterior of the new male shower changing structure at Contingency
Operating Location (COL) Freedom.
Soldiers inspect the interior of
the new male shower changing structure at Fort McCoy’s
Contingency Operation Location Freedom. (Photo
by Tom Michele)
also helped direct some of the other Mobilization Support Battalion
Soldiers with the set up of a 16-foot-by-32-foot standard B hut at the
COL, and then helped direct the fix- up of the interior with sinks,
mirrors, benches, wallboards and clothes hangers.
is probably why he has such a smile when he expresses his personal and
professional pride in saying, "We did it to improve the quality
of life for our mobilizing Soldiers preparing to go to an overseas
theater of operations. That’s what we are all about — to make life
comfortable for them, and provide them with what they would
is the non-commissioned-officer-in-charge at COL Freedom, with about
15 Soldiers reporting to Maj. Richard Rastall, the officer-in-charge,
or otherwise and officially referred to as the COL "mayor."
work in shifts," Kelly said. "We are a 24/7 operation. We
maintain and manage the life-support needs for mobilizing Soldiers.
That’s an important issue for us."
also have the support of at least a dozen civilians from Team Eagle
Systems to help maintain the COL infrastructure and to operate the
male shower building is the biggest improvement in recent months at
the COL, according to Kelly.
there was a simple Army canvas tent that was in place and attached to
the steel container, CONEX-like, shower room. The tent was almost
falling apart. It’s a lot better now. We also set up a new changing
tent for the females. The old one also was in poor shape. It is a vast
improvement for both the males and the females."
and his crew also acquired a second B hut, located close to the mayor’s
cell, that will be used as a classroom.
both structures, it was very cost-effective for the Army," Kelly
said. "All of the materials were already on post, and we utilized
the crafts skills of almost all of our Soldiers to do all of the work.
The esprit de corps of the military and civilian staff is very evident
as we make improvements for our Soldier customers."
(Michele is a public
affairs specialist for Eagle Systems and Services Inc., contractor for
CONUS Support Base Services.)