|To conclude its 35 years as a tenant activity at Fort
McCoy, Wis., the Army Reserve Readiness Training Center (ARRTC) held a
flag-casing ceremony June 3. It was the last official act of the
organization’s rich history and proud service at the installation.
Col. Aaron T. Walter (right),
commandant, Army Reserve Readiness Training Center and Command
Sgt. Maj. Peter J. Sabo, ARRTC command sergeant major, case the
ARRTC Colors during the June 3, ceremony at Fort McCoy.
(Photo by Herb Dowell)
Col. Aaron T. Walter, current ARRTC commandant, and Command Sgt. Maj.
Peter J. Sabo performed the casing of the unit’s colors. The ARRTC is
moving to Fort Knox, Ky. as the result of a 2005 Base Realignment and
Closure (BRAC) decision.
Walter was the guest speaker for the event.
“Those attending the ceremony are representative of the tremendous
support the ARRTC has received at Fort McCoy throughout its 35-year
history,” Walter said.
“We gather together to commemorate and reflect back on the ARRTC’s proud
and splendiferous 35-year presence here at Fort McCoy,” Walter said.
Many installation organizations were represented. The ARRTC’s
“neighbors” — Headquarters, 88th Regional Support Command — provided the
484th U.S. Army Band from Milwaukee, Wis. to support the ceremony with
music, including the National Anthem and the Army Song.
“I know we have a lot of people here from across the installation,”
Walter said. “Most have been supporting us — perhaps under a different
name then — since our inception. Others came online later, but
regardless of when their support started, all have done a magnificent
job of supporting this organization, and its most-important asset — its
employees — over the years. I can’t thank you enough for your dedication
and goodwill to the ARRTC in whatever capacity you supported us in.”
“I can attest to that not only as the commandant, but also as a former
student,” he said. “I know that support will continue for many years to
come for our subordinate unit that remains on post, the superb
Noncommissioned Officer Academy. All of the units (at Fort McCoy) have
had our back during our transition to Fort Knox, and we won’t forget
“The support for the ARRTC extends well beyond the borders of the
installation, into the cities of La Crosse, Sparta and Tomah, even as
far away as Eau Claire,” he said. “Those cities have always supported
those who work and live on Fort McCoy in ways both large and small.”
“We thank you for your unwavering and patriotic support,” he said. “We
are sad to leave Wisconsin and this outstanding facility, even as our
new home and new facility awaits us at Fort Knox,” he said.
Scott Scholl of the ARRTC served as the ceremony narrator. “The flag
casing symbolizes the move of the command from Fort McCoy to Fort Knox,”
The colors will remain cased until an activation ceremony is held Aug. 5
at Fort Knox, Ky., days before the organization begins its first classes
and again proudly serves as “the Schoolhouse of the Army Reserve” at its
new home, Scholl said.