|By Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Fort McCoy helped the Army celebrate its 237th birthday June 14 with an
event that included the traditional cake-cutting, a history of the
Army’s creation and the installation’s Army Birthday celebrations, and a
number of Morale, Welfare and Recreation events.
The Army Birthday cake is cut at
the June 14 Army Birthday event at Constitution Park at Fort
McCoy. Participating (from left to right) are Al Fournier,
deputy to the garrison commander; 1st Sgt. Justin Maloney, first
sergeant for Headquarters and Headquarters Company; U.S. Army
Garrison Fort McCoy; Pvt. 2 Skye Kirk, 86th Training Division,
the most-junior-ranking Fort McCoy Soldier; and Col. Steven W.
Nott, garrison commander.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Fort McCoy Directorate of Family
and Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff and volunteers serve
motorists going through the drive-thru breakfast at the June 14
Army Birthday celebration at Fort McCoy.
(Photo by Liz Weaver)
Col. Steven W. Nott poses with
the youngest runner to beat his time in the Commander’s
Challenge 5K run.
Capt. Katherine Jarmusz, from the
9th Finance Management Company, approaches the finish line at
the Commander’s Challenge 5K run. She was the first female
runner to finish the race.
(Photo by Sgt. Tracy Ellingsen)
Garrison Commander Col. Steven W. Nott led the lunch-time ceremony at
Nott, along with 1st Sgt. Justin Maloney of the Headquarters and
Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Fort McCoy; Al Fournier, deputy
to the garrison commander; and Pvt. 2 Skye Kirk of the 86th Training
Division, cut the cake.
After recounting the history of the Army’s creation, Nott recapped Army
Birthday celebrations held at the installation, including the
first-recorded observance at then-Camp McCoy in 1958.
The day became an annual event at Fort McCoy in 1989 and has been
celebrated in a variety of ways.
Fort McCoy celebrates the Army Birthday by recognizing that Soldiers are
the most-crucial element to the country’s national strategy and
strategic success, Nott said.
“And we still rely upon a healthy dose of rugged individualism,
clarity of moral purpose and the acknowledgement of American
exceptionalism and our unique way of life if we are to secure freedom
for future generations,” Nott said. “Our Army is the guarantor of the
legacy of the ideals that define America. It is most appropriate to
celebrate its birth.”
The cutting of the cake reflects that the Army’s success relies on the
entire Army team.
“Equally symbolic, our most-junior-ranking Soldier represents the
passing of the Army’s tradition of honor and success from one generation
to the next,” Nott said of Kirk’s participation in the cake-cutting
The Fort McCoy Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation
(DFMWR) coordinated the day’s events, which began with the Commander’s
Challenge 5K run. A record 283 competitors participated in the event.
Members of the Fort McCoy work force also enjoyed a free drive-thru
breakfast, plus a free T-shirt.
Other DFMWR events included a free automatic car wash, a free lunch
and free bowling at McCoy’s Thunder Bowl Bowling Center.
Youth and staff from the Child Development Center and School Age
Services also collaborated to hold an Army Birthday carnival June 15.
Sponsors of the June 14 event included: Alliant Energy, A.L.M.
Charities, American Family Insurance, Buffalo Wild Wings, Case
Construction, CenturyLink, Culver’s, Enterprise, EconoLodge, Harter’s
Quick Clean-Up, LHI, Microtel, Oshkosh Defense, Reinhart Food Service,
RIA Federal Credit Union, Ripp Distributing Company, Inc., TCI
Architects Engineers Contractor, and USAA. No federal endorsement is
For more information about DFMWR events call the Event Line at
877-864-4969 or 608-388-7400 or visit the website