[ The Real McCoy Online Home ]                                                                                                                        May 22, 2009

Dubois to be next 
NCO Academy commandant

By Command Sgt. Maj. M. Kevin Dubois, Garrison Command Sergeant Major

It is with feelings of excitement, anticipation, and apprehension that I write this article to announce that I have been selected to be the new commandant of the Staff Sgt. Todd R. Cornell Noncommissioned Officer Academy here at Fort McCoy.

Photo: Garrison Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. M. Kevin Dubois

I am thrilled with the fact that I will serve as commandant of an academy that was named in honor of a fallen warrior ó Staff Sgt. Cornell ó who was a former comrade-in-arms of mine during Operation Iraqi Freedom II. Staff Sgt. Cornell and I trained together, shared stories together, and he always shared his Rice Krispies bars with me, regardless of how many he had left.

In the same breath, I must admit to be saddened to leave such an outstanding organization as U.S. Army Garrison, Fort McCoy. Never in my career have I had such an opportunity to work with the best people in the Army, as I have here at Fort McCoy.

I always tell people that "McCoy Time" flies by in the blink of an eye. This is a very true statement when I look back on the past three years as your garrison command sergeant major. These past few years have been full of challenges, rewards, and excitement. Iíve had the privilege to travel to numerous other Army installations during this tour, as well as throughout my career.

Having witnessed our McCoy Team in action over these years, Iím confident in saying that Fort McCoy IS the premier training site for the entire Department of Defense. During my travels around the installation Iím always amazed by the dedication, professionalism, and commitment that the Fort McCoy community demonstrates on a constant basis, regardless of how enormous the task.

This point was validated numerous times during my tenure as garrison command sergeant major as we were the recipient of superlative praises and awards from higher commands, mobilizing units, and training units from every branch of the armed services.

The true testament to our positive and cohesive teamwork came when we were awarded the Army Community of Excellence Award in the most improved category. We are one of only three Army garrisons that earned this new award. TEAMWORK is how we were able to compete for and win this prestigious award.

My hope for you, who remain a part of this fabulous team, is that you never take the easy road or take shortcuts in your mission. Always remember that you are here for the servicemembers and their families, no matter your position or grade.

My thanks go out to every member of the McCoy Team ó you have made me very proud over the past three years. Hooah!


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