|Personnel from Fort McCoy, the Combined Support
Training Exercise (CSTX) and the local communities gathered July 18 at
Chapel 1 to learn about relationships in order to share their experience
across a broad spectrum of viewpoints.
Garrison Chaplain (Lt. Col.)
Allen Raub said he organized the seminar entitled “Solving the People
Puzzle,” to figuratively allow people to put together the thousands of
pieces of an unsolved puzzle to help define their relationships at home,
work, school and church. The idea to host the seminar at Fort McCoy
evolved from his experience as a chaplain at Fort Dix, N.J., he said.
Ward Cushman presents the
“Solving the People Puzzle” seminar to attendees in Chapel 1.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
“The seminar helped people learn how to work together with other
people,” Raub said. “The training helped people explore and strengthen
their relationships and discover themselves and their personality.”
The seminar began as a unit ministry team event to provide training to
the military chaplain personnel at Fort McCoy for CSTX and for the
tenant activities. Raub said he decided to open it up to the Fort McCoy
community and the civilian parishes as room and resources were
Raub said the event brought more than 60 people together and helped
support the Army Community Covenant program concept to foster and
sustain effective state and community partnerships with the Army to
improve the quality of life for Soldiers and their Families, both at
their current duty stations and as they transfer to other states or
return to their home stations.
Ward Cushman, a guest presenter, conducted and facilitated the seminar,
which is part of the Walk Thru the Bible seminar series. Cushman said he
has taught this course for 25 years and the core material has been very
stable. Cushman instructs the seminars throughout the central United
States. He has served in a variety of religious roles including pastor,
missionary, consultant and school administrator.
“The goal of the seminar is to learn different isn’t bad in
personalities,” Cushman said. “We need to value our differences and
learn to modify our own behavior to get along better.”
People who recognize and appreciate the differences in others will learn
they can use the differences to complement their efforts and
successfully complete tasks or achieve goals, he said.
Chaplain (Capt.) Momo Larmena of the 805th Support Command, who is
attached to the 181st Infantry Brigade, said he will use the material
presented at the seminar in a three-fold fashion.
“As I reservist I can take it back and share it with my unit members,
and also with my Family and in my civilian career,” Larmena said.
Spc. Kimothy Hill of the 801st Combat Support Hospital of Fort Sheridan,
Ill., said he appreciated the opportunity to attend the training.
The training was enlightening and everyone involved in leadership and
personal relationships should attend a similar course, Hill said.
Staff Sgt. Vonda Wallace and Spc. Jowharah Peters of the 801st said it
was a great leadership-building course and helped them understand their
personalities and relate better with others.
“It helped attendees better understand themselves and helped them better
identify their Soldiers’ personality type so they are better able to
guide them,” Wallace said.
Chaplain (Maj.) Ron Walters, the Training and Operations chaplain for
the garrison Religious Support Office (RSO), said the seminar allowed
participants to learn about their God-given strengths and talents and
identify their ideal work environment and relationship needs.
“Participants also learned how to relate to difficult people and
minimize tension in relationships and understand why people act the way
they do,” Walters said. “They realized the freedom in being themselves
and allowing others to be themselves as well.”
For more information about the seminar, visit the website
For more information about religious training opportunities in the Fort
McCoy community, contact the RSO at 608-388-3528.