By Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
The Fort McCoy Family Housing manager received a cash award and
a Commander's Certificate of Appreciation for a suggestion to provide
residents of the Woodridge Military Family Housing Complex in Tomah
with collapsible fire escape ladders.
Sherry Oslie (right), the Fort
McCoy Family Housing manager, is recognized for a suggestion she
made by Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser. (Photo
by Herb Dowell)
Sherry Oslie was honored for her suggestion, which provided the
ladders to Woodridge residents who only had one escape route in their
residences, during a May 23 ceremony at Fort McCoy. Oslie received a
$1,000 cash award through the Army Suggestion Program.
The suggestion has been sent to the Department of the Army for
Darrell Neitzel, director of the Fort McCoy Directorate of
Public Works, said Oslie's suggestion was a very good suggestion,
which has resulted in safer residences.
"This could save the life of a Soldier or family
member," Neitzel said.
Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser presented
the awards to Oslie. He noted the Family Housing Office had provided
him and his family with excellent support after he assumed command in
"You are the front line of customer support in Family
Housing," Chesser said. "It's you whom they engage with, not
me (and where military personnel get one of their first impressions of
Oslie said she got the idea of the ladders from a report of a
military mother and her young daughter being trapped in an upstairs
apartment during a fire.
The mother had to throw the daughter into the arms of a nearby
construction worker. Workers then summoned help and brought a ladder
to the residence's window to rescue the mother.
"This was applicable to Woodridge where many of the
housing units (with second-story bedrooms) only had one escape route
and for South Post housing," Oslie said. "I would encourage
anyone to give their suggestions; the program works."
Military and civilian personnel in the Fort McCoy work force
who have a suggestion are encouraged to submit it by going to the Web
For more information about the Army Suggestion Program in the
Fort McCoy Community, contact Cindy Mussman, Army Suggestion Program
manager, at (608) 388-4157.