|Members of the Fort McCoy community turned out in large
numbers to support Army Birthday events held at the installation
throughout the day June 14.
Directorate of Family and
Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff distribute breakfast as
part of Army Birthday events at Fort McCoy.
(Photo by Directorate of Family and Morale,
Welfare and Recreation)
The day featured a luncheon at Constitution Park, which included
lunch and the cutting of the ceremonial cake. Garrison Commander Col.
David E. Chesser and Pfc. Kourtney Buckner of the Ohio Valley District
Veterinary Command Great Lakes Branch Fort McCoy Veterinary Food
Services cut the cake. The Religious Support Office and the Recruiting
Command provided the cakes for the ceremony.
Chesser said the cake-cutting and luncheon ceremony was held to honor
the Army’s 236th birthday.
“Today’s Army is not the Army of your father or grandfather,” he said.
“It is a world-class Army. Our Soldiers have the very best weapons
systems, force protection equipment, training, leadership and medical
“America’s Army — Soldiers, Families and Army civilians — epitomizes
what is best about America,” he said. “Their willingness to sacrifice to
build a better future for others and to preserve our way of life
exemplifies Army Values.”
Families play an increasing and important role in today’s Army by
providing a support network for Soldiers. Chesser said the Army,
including the leadership of Fort McCoy, strives to improve the quality
of life for Soldiers and their Family members as they make tremendous
sacrifices to serve the nation.
Garrison Commander Col. David E.
Chesser (left) and Pfc. Kourtney Buckner of Veterinary Food
Services cut a ceremonial cake.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Fort McCoy has served America’s Army well since its inception in
1909, he said. The installation has supported troops that have seen
service in every major conflict since World War I.
Last year, the installation mobilized and demobilized 16,000 personnel.
Since 2003, more-than 129,000 Soldiers, representing 2,518 units have
mobilized or demobilized at Fort McCoy. The installation has been an
integral element in supporting the force, he said.
In addition to the luncheon and cake cutting, the day’s events included
a Commander’s Run, drive-through breakfast, and free car washes and free
bowling at Fort McCoy Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and
Recreation (DFMWR) facilities. More than 1,000 personnel participated in
one or more of the day’s events. Fifty-two personnel out of a field of
107 runners beat the commander’s time in a race of approximately three
miles and received a free T-shirt.
“Please remember to thank the commercial sponsors of the events,”
Chesser said. “Without their support, we wouldn’t have been able to
offer all the things you are enjoying here.” The sponsorships were a
good example of the relationship and support between the installation
and the surrounding communities as embodied in the Army Community
Commercial sponsors for the events included: CASE Construction,
Culver’s, Logistics Health Incorporated, Mathy Construction, USAA,
Reinhart Food Service, Alliant Energy, American Family Insurance,
CenturyLink, EconoLodge, Chippewa Spring Water, TCI, Harter’s Quick
Clean-Up, Microtel, Oshkosh Defense, and R.I.A. Credit Union. No federal
endorsement is implied.
An event to celebrate the Army’s birthday will be held in 2012, said
Jobi Spolum, DFMWR Marketing director.
For more information about DFMWR events, visit the website
www.mccoymwr.com or call the
Events Hot Line at 877-864-4969 or 608-388-7400.