Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
from the Fort McCoy U.S. Army Garrison dedicated the new flagpole to
members of the installation work force during a ceremony July 8 in
front of garrison headquarters.
Garrison Soldiers salute during a
dedication ceremony for the new installation flagpole. (Photo
by Allan Harding)
new flagpole was installed in April to replace the old one, which was
damaged in a lightning storm last year.
Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. William T. Bissonette Jr.,
said a ceremony to dedicate the flagpole previously had been
discussed, and he decided to plan and execute it as a Year of the NCO
event. The U.S. Army is celebrating The Year of the NCO throughout
ceremony was held at 6 a.m. to observe Reveille, the traditional
military time to raise the U.S. flag for the day.
was appropriate to have the enlisted Soldiers of the garrison raise
the flag for the first time because they are the ones in charge of
doing it at any installation," Bissonette said.
said he was pleased to be part of the ceremony, which was the first
official event he attended after assuming his new role June 26.
new to the garrison, he said he was very pleased to see members of the
garrison out at 5:15 a.m. rehearsing the ceremony to ensure it would
was great to see the NCOs doing the job they should be doing,"
Bissonette said. "They were teaching, coaching and mentoring the
Soldiers involved in the ceremony received a command sergeant major
from the Directorate of Emergency Services and the Wisconsin Military
Academy (WMA) also supported the ceremony.
WMA provided an artillery piece that was used to shoot two blank
rounds in support of the occasion.
a plaque will be placed at the flagpole that reads, "Dedicated to
Soldiers and civilians who sustain, support and defend this nation on
the centennial anniversary of this installation (Fort McCoy),"