completion and future occupancy of 12 new military family housing
units on South Post was celebrated during a ribbon-cutting ceremony
Aug. 28 at Fort McCoy.
Garrison Commander Col. David E.
Chesser (left) listens as his wife, Kim, addresses guests at the
ribbon cutting for the new South Post housing. (Photo
by Val Hyde)
Commander Col. David E. Chesser said the project started as part of an
Army goal to replace all substandard housing by 2007.
12 housing units will replace 12 existing and outdated family housing
units constructed at Fort McCoy between 1917 and 1931.
old housing units will be demolished beginning Sept. 15. Personnel
from these units will move into the new units.
new units have three and four bedrooms and are designed for occupancy
by both officer and enlisted personnel.
homes are a perfect example of Fort McCoy’s commitment to improve
Soldier and family readiness by providing quality housing,"
Chesser said. "Our commitment through the Army Family Covenant to
provide families a strong, supportive environment where they can
thrive is embodied in what you see before you today."
"Today, we clearly recognize that the strength of our
Soldiers comes from the strength of their families."
David E. Chesser,
we clearly recognize that the strength of our Soldiers comes from the
strength of their families," he added.
Rafferty and David Packard of the Omaha Corps of Engineers designed
and guided the project with the help of the installation’s
Directorate of Public Works (DPW) and Family Housing staffs.
and Packard also were the project engineers for the Woodridge Housing
Development in Tomah, which was completed in 1992.
Neitzel, director of DPW, said he has witnessed many similar ribbon
cuttings during his service at Fort McCoy.
one is a very satisfying example because it’s the culmination of all
kinds of hard work that went into these projects, in many cases it can
be four or five years sometimes, before we really realized the final
product of these projects," Neitzel said.
U. S. Army SFC Victor Reed and his family, center, cut the ribbon at the new housing development on Upton Avenue, South Post Housing, Fort McCoy,
WI. Watching is Ross O Neil Chief, Housing Division, Fort McCoy, far left, Bill Rafferty, Project Engineer, Omaha COE, left of the Reed family, COL David Chesser, Garrison Commander, right of the Reed family, and Garrison Command Sergeant Major CSM M. Kevin Dubois, far right.
(Photo by Val Hyde) (The Real McCoy
significant projects in the last several years have included the new
Public Safety Center, the new NCO Academy and the new Commissary, he
McCoy has come a long way in improving the quality of life for people
here at the installation."
new projects that are expected to have ribbon cuttings this fall, and
improve the installation’s quality of life, include the General
Warehouse and the 88th Regional Support Command facilities, he said.
the speakers, the installation offered tours of a representative
housing unit from each of the floor plans used.
housing floor plans are open and include two full baths, laundry/mud
rooms, wood, tile and carpeted floors, office/computer area, a pantry,
kitchen island, a full basement with egress window and two-car
Intertek of New Berlin, Wis., was the general contractor for the $5.2
million project, which also included infrastructure costs.