Michele, The Real McCoy Contributor
beehive of activity in Fort McCoy’s "Mob Alley" will be
swarming much more than normal from mid-July to early-September.
Sgt. Joey Egia (left) gets his
blood drawn by Sgt. William Humke of the Fort McCoy Soldier
Readiness Center Medical clinic. Egia is with the 161st Infantry
of the 81st Brigade Combat Team, an Army National Guard unit
that demobilized at Fort McCoy. (Photo
by Tom Michele)
brigade combat teams (BCTs) will go through the five-day
demobilization process at Fort McCoy almost simultaneously,"
Deputy for Mobilization Col. Bas Oskam said. "We will be
extremely busy with about 6,000 Soldiers demobilizing all while we
will be mobilizing about 1,500 Soldiers."
two BCTs are the 81st BCT, which comprises most of the Washington Army
National Guard plus several units from the California National Guard,
and the 33rd BCT of the Illinois Army National Guard.
demobilizing Soldiers will come to McCoy mostly in company-sized units
spread across an eight-week period. That way the entire BCT will not
jam the area in the same five-day time frame.
said preparations for this larger-than-normal influx of Soldiers
includes bringing in more medical and dental personnel and equipment
to supplement the current staff. Other areas will see increased
business including the Soldier Readiness Center, Mobilization Unit
Inprocessing Center and Central Issue Facility.
"I hear from units in-theater, that mobilized here, that
they want to demob at Fort McCoy because we are user
Deputy for Mobilization
from the state home stations also will come to McCoy to help with the
Army and Air Force Exchange Service and Morale, Welfare and Recreation
Office are "ramping up their stock of items Soldiers didn’t
have available to them in Iraq, so the Soldiers will enjoy their first
days back on U.S. soil," Oskam said.
said, "We are micro-managing bed-space." McCoy has prided
itself for having more than the adequate number of beds available, in
specifically renovated barracks.
the additional stimulus funding this year for barracks and
administration building renovation, we took several buildings off-line
to be rehabilitated," he said. "That left us with fewer
buildings to house Soldiers in."
of this effort is recognized by First Army, Forces Command and U. S.
Army Reserve Command for Fort McCoy being a premier mobilization
training center," Oskam said. "That is all enhanced by the
renovations, quality work force and the reputation of the service we
have provided in recent years."
hear from units in-theater, that mobilized here, that they want to
demob at Fort McCoy because we are user friendly," Oskam said.
"It is a team effort of the 181st Infantry Brigade and the
garrison that provides the great quality of service to the Soldier,
Army and country."
(Michele is a public
affairs specialist for Eagle Systems and Services Inc., contractor for
CONUS Support Base Services.)