his tour at Fort McCoy, the new garrison command sergeant major hopes
to emphasize noncommissioned officers (NCO) being NCOs and doing NCO
things, taking care of families through the Morale, Welfare and
Recreation (MWR) program and practicing safety at all times.
Sgt. Maj. William T. Bissonette Jr., said NCOs need to recognize their
responsibilities and not confuse those responsibilities by letting
friendships with their subordinates interfere with those duties.
is an especially important goal during The Year of the NCO, Bissonette
expect all NCOs at the installation to be NCOs at all times,"
Bissonette said. "Being an NCO is hard."
NCOs donít perform their duties and correct deficiencies they
observe ó even if itís just one time ó they have just
established a precedent that will be passed on among the units or
other military personnel they come in contact with at the
installation, he said.
have to realize their actions can affect the troop populations, and
all the other personnel on the installation, including the civilian
important objective for Bissonette is to recognize the importance of
the Army Family Covenant, which is supported through MWR programs.
installation has many programs to support community members, such as
Army Family Advocacy, Army Community Service, Army Emergency Relief,
and the Military Family Life Consultant, to name a few. Bissonette
said he will be vigilant to ensure theyíre well kept up to serve the
projects, such as a new Child Development Center, which is scheduled
to open this year, and new military housing on post also will support
want to get the word out about all the programs we have here,"
Bissonette said. "If itís something you think we should be
doing, asking questions will help determine if programs exist or need
goal is to provide opportunities for military personnel, their family
members, and members of the work force, etc., to participate in
activities on the installation before, during and after the duty day
to help foster relationships between military personnel and between
military and civilian personnel and help develop a sense of community.
Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program is no longer just for
single Soldiers. Bissonette said any Soldier can join, and it provides
opportunities for people to perform community service.
said the third area he will emphasize is safety.
senior NCO in an organization serves as the safety NCO for that
organization," he said. "In 95 percent of accidents, someone
need to give 100 percent attention to safety no matter what activity
they are doing on post, conducting training or physical training,
driving, being a pedestrian, etc.
who are driving on post need to realize using cell phones while
driving causes as many accidents as drunk driving does, Bissonette
accidents can be avoided by using common sense. Motorcyclists must
wear protective equipment and clothing on post and should continue to
wear it when they leave the post, he said.
said he is pleased to serve as the senior enlisted adviser to Garrison
Commander Col. David E. Chesser, who has been very supportive of his
goals and objectives to date.