Michele, The Real McCoy Contributor
McCoy Arrival/Departure Aircraft Control Group (A/DACG) personnel are
the first people Soldiers see and greet when they arrive at Volk Field
and also the last people they see when Soldiers depart the local
Jesse Baldwin (left) of the Fort
McCoy Arrival/Departure Airfield Control Group supervises
Soldiers from the 81st Brigade Combat Team, Washington Army
National Guard, unloading duffle bags onto a truck. (Photo
by Tom Michele)
as control group lead Kevin Maringer says, "The key to our job
and success is that Soldiers are safe when they arrive and when they
depart Volk Field and Fort McCoy." Maringer is the manager of
Fort McCoy’s A/DACG.
Transportation Motor Pool provides buses and large trucks to transport
Soldiers and their personal gear from Volk to McCoy when Soldiers
arrive to go through the mobilization process and then fly out of Volk
for their tour of duty, particularly in support of Operations Iraqi
Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
then, the process repeats itself when Soldiers return from their
deployments. This Volk process also includes the Airmen and Sailors
who go through the mob-demob process.
control group coordinates much of the movement of troops and unit
equipment from Fort McCoy and to the airfield, Maringer said.
work closely with the Directorate of Logistics to load pallets and bus
the troops. Maringer and his crew operate out of a warehouse on the
west edge of the McCoy cantonment and also out of an office in a large
hangar at Volk.
observe and check the weight each troop takes to the plane with
maximums established to ensure flight safety.
make sure Soldiers follow commercial aircraft regulations for baggage
weight," Maringer said. That weight measures up very quickly
considering it must contain each Soldier’s equipment.
"The key to our job and success is that Soldiers are safe
when they arrive and when they depart Volk Field and Fort
Manager of Fort McCoy's A/DACG
group personnel assist and instruct Soldiers how to build cargo
pallets with unit equipment, termed "containerization," and
how to do that safely and effectively. "Safety is our priority
and also our bottom line," Maringer said.
at the airfield, including operating around jet aircraft that
sometimes do not shut down the engines for loading and unloading,
includes escorting Soldiers to, around and from the aircraft.
group personnel instruct and guide Soldiers in loading duffle bags
into the aircraft cargo hold, so the bags are distributed safely and
is a very satisfying job," Maringer said. "The rewards and
benefits come when a Soldier says ‘thank you’ when he is stepping
onto the plane, knowing what is ahead of them as they are going to
fight for our freedom. And also when they step off of the plane. Just
a little ‘thank you’ for what little you did to help them get
there, that the process went smoothly. That’s rewarding. That means
a lot to each of us, and that is the same for the rest of our team of
transportation people with the buses and trucks. Those little ‘thank
yous’ are the ‘pat on the back’ for all of us."
A/DACG is officially a civilian contractor, BSA/LB&B Joint
Venture. It was formerly VT Griffin.
is a public affairs specialist for Eagle Systems and Services Inc.,
contractor for CONUS Support Base Services.)