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Housing manager recognized 
for safety suggestion

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.

Photo: 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 (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 Armywide consideration.

      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 April.

      "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 Fort McCoy.)"

      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 site https://armysuggestions.army.mil.

      For more information about the Army Suggestion Program in the Fort McCoy Community, contact Cindy Mussman, Army Suggestion Program manager, at (608) 388-4157.

 

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