[ The Real McCoy Online Home ]                                                                                                                        June 12, 2009
Command Corner

McCoy records major milestones, 
many successes

By Col. David E. Chesser, Garrison Commander

What 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.

Photo: Leadership from the Army and Fort McCoy at the May 5 Army Communities of Excellence award ceremony. (Photo by Sharon T. Bass)
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)

First 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.

Second — ACOE. 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 McCoy.

Third — 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.

Fourth — 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.

Fifth — 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.

As I said at the start of this column, it is an exciting time to be serving as garrison commander of this great post.

As 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.


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