David E. Chesser, Garrison Commander
an exciting time it is to be serving as garrison commander at Fort
McCoy! As the Soldiers and civilians who make up the heart and soul of
this installation community, we have major milestones and many
successes to acknowledge.
Leadership from the Army and Fort
McCoy at the May 5 Army Communities of Excellence award
ceremony. Pictured left to right are: Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli,
Vice Chief of Staff of the Army; Col. David E. Chesser, Fort
McCoy Garrison Commander; Command Sgt. Maj. M. Kevin Dubois,
Garrison Command Sergeant Major; Sgt. Joseph Veness of the Fort
McCoy U.S. Army Garrison; and Lt. Gen. Robert Wilson, Assistant
Chief of Staff for Installation Management and Commanding
General, Installation Management Command.
(Photo by Sharon T. Bass)
up — our 100th Anniversary. Our celebration of Fort McCoy’s
centennial year continues to unfold, and this weekend we officially
will commemorate our establishment as a military installation in 1909.
The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. sharp at the Commemorative Area. I
hope to see you in attendance.
Congratulations to all on Fort McCoy for helping to make the
installation a 2009 Army Communities of Excellence (ACOE) winner. The
garrison won its fifth ACOE award, and was recognized as one of the
Army’s most-improved installations! This was our first win since
2003. A lot of hard work went into preparing our submission package.
It is an understatement to say that I was thrilled, honored and
humbled to accept the award on behalf of the post. This recognition
validates us as one of the Army’s elite installations, and propels
us toward reaching still higher goals. In addition to a trophy and
flag, a monetary award of $200,000 will be distributed in fiscal year
2010. The funds will be used to enhance quality of life on the
installation. Look for more on this in future issues of the Real
— OSA. Thanks to
all who participated in the recent online Organizational
Self-Assessment (OSA). The window for input recently closed, and
although it is regrettable that network connectivity issues blocked
access to the survey for many in the final days, the response was
outstanding. The constructive feedback provided by the work force will
allow us to evaluate the effectiveness of our strategic plan and will
serve as a measure of the maturity of our organization. We will use
the results of the survey to determine our priority of effort for
improving support to our customer base. The OSA, and more importantly
the improvements the garrison makes based on your feedback, will be a
key evaluation element in this year’s ACOE competition. Thanks to
all who took the time to complete the survey.
— construction. Not
since the original cantonment area was constructed in 1942 at a cost
of $30 million has Fort McCoy seen renovation and construction of the
magnitude we are currently experiencing. Over the next 15 months the
garrison will execute approximately $106 million to improve quality of
life on the installation. This record infusion of funds is directly
attributable to our strategic- and master-planning processes. We have
done a superb job of communicating our funding requirements to our
stakeholders throughout the Army and legislative communities, and this
has produced the desired result. This funding, some of which is
Sustainment, Restoration and Modernization funding and some of which
is stimulus package funding, will be used to renovate barracks,
company/battalion headquarters and dining facilities, and to construct
new motor pools and laundry facilities to support our transient
training audience. It will also fund construction of 23 new Army
Family Housing units allowing more Soldiers and their families to
reside on post.
— IFPEX. The
results of our recent Installation Force Protection Command Planning
Exercise (IFPEX) were outstanding. The IFPEX was the culminating event
of a year’s worth of planning and training to improve the garrison’s
ability to respond to a crisis event and served as a test of the
installation’s antiterrorism, force protection and severe weather
plans. While most installations receive an assessment score of four to
six on a scale of 10, Fort McCoy earned a rating of seven! Only two
installations have received higher scores. We should be proud of this
accomplishment. Thanks to all who were involved, and let’s continue
to work hard to sustain this proficiency.
I said at the start of this column, it is an exciting time to be
serving as garrison commander of this great post.
a whole, things at Fort McCoy are going extremely well, and the future
of the installation looks bright. As I embark on my second year of
command, please know how proud I am to be serving here with such
dedicated and professional military and civilian personnel.