McCoy Army Community Service (ACS) sponsored the annual Commander’s
Volunteer Recognition Banquet at McCoy’s in June where volunteers
were recognized for their selfless service to the Fort McCoy
Fort McCoy Garrison Commander
Col. David E. Chesser accepts a symbolic check of estimated cost
savings from Fort McCoy volunteers. (Army
Community Services Photo)
volunteers presented Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser with a
symbolic $107,675 check for services provided from January-December
2008. The check represented the estimated dollar figure volunteers
saved Fort McCoy in 2008. Forty-five volunteers were recognized for
donating 5,579 hours of service. The dollar value of volunteer work
was based on an estimated $19.30 an hour wage at the national level.
contribute a wide range of services that enhance and expand the
capabilities of Army programs and services and augment the efforts of
paid staff at Fort McCoy. Army volunteers are Soldiers, retirees,
Department of the Army civilians, and their family members.
may be a part of the Active Army, National Guard or the Army Reserve.
Army volunteers also may come from the civilian community. The common
bond of volunteers is their desire to help meet the needs of Army
community members, serving the installation and those who live and
work here, as well as the geographically dispersed families of the
Guard and Reserve. They serve by giving freely of time and talents,
providing services, or resources, or sharing skills to benefit
individuals, groups or community needs without expecting monetary
presented volunteers in the Fort McCoy community with a Commander’s
Certificate of Appreciation for dedication in supporting the mission
of Fort McCoy and commitment to volunteerism as a member of the Army
Volunteer Corps from January to December 2008.
following individuals received a commander’s Certificate of
Appreciation: Amy Anderson, Julie Brooks, Norb Brown, Elizabeth
Carmichael, Brian Clark, LeAnn Clark, Ranse Clark, Aaron Craig,
Courtney Daniels, Shawn Eckelberg, Ken Enghusen, Alex Frazee, Eric
Funkhouser, Julie Gran, Cynthia Grant, Laurie Hamilton, Renee Herman,
Donald Herr, David Hirsch, George Hirsch, Mary Hirsch-Justice, Ashley
Kast, Karen Kast, Pat Luey, Tom Luey, Treyton Luey, Antoinette Mangan,
Jerry Nelson, Shauna Oskam, Stacy Pedretti, Laura Rakow, Kathy
Rastall, Cynthia Remley, Brandon Retzlaff, Maureen Richardson, Wade
Riniker, Michael Roeske, Nicole Sawyer, Tom Sawyer, Misty
Stone-Nelson, Robert Tatinger, Cassandra Taylor, Larry Thompson, Candy
Weiss, and Rebecca Wingo.
of the volunteers receiving Commander’s Appreciation Certificates
also were honored with Presidential Volunteer Service Awards. The
President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation created the
President’s Volunteer Service Award Program as a way to thank and
honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example,
inspire others to engage in volunteer service.
and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service to others. It
encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation and inspires
others to make volunteering a central part of their lives. The
volunteers receiving Presidential Volunteer Service Awards were:
(500+ hours) — Robert Tatinger, Pine View Recreation Area.
(250-499 hours) — Mary Hirsch-Justice, Whitetail Ridge Ski Patrol
and Candy Weiss, ACS.
(100-249 hours) — LeAnn Clark and Tom Luey, ACS; Aaron Craig, Dave
Hirsch, Wade Riniker, and Larry Thompson, Whitetail Ridge Ski Patrol.
also had the opportunity to meet Lorie Retzlaff, the newly hired Fort
McCoy ACS Army Volunteer Corps Coordinator, who began her service to
the Fort McCoy community in May.
Volunteer Corps Coordinators facilitate and coordinate installation
volunteer activities while serving as an advocate for volunteers.
serve as a link between individual volunteers and the agencies using
volunteer services, and as a liaison between the command and the
volunteer agencies. Retzlaff encourages individuals to contact her
about the program or to volunteer by calling 608-388-6507 or visit the
Web site http://www.myarmyonesource.com
to view volunteer opportunities.
by Army Community Service.)