By Rob Schuette, The
Real McCoy Staff
service and good employees go hand-in-hand at the Fort McCoy Lodging
operations as another employee has captured Armywide honors for being
best in her field.
Benish, the Lodging Hotel Group coordinator, received the award for
Army Lodging Employee of 2008 during an August conference in
her position, Benish handles lodging assignments for all Soldiers at
Fort McCoy for temporary duty or mobilization support. This includes
coordinating lodging needs for Soldiers staying on post or contracted
hotels not located on the installation. Her clientele also includes
all personnel on official government orders, such as civilians,
retirees, and family members.
been very busy with mobilization," Benish said. "Last year
included work to coordinate the lodging needs of the 181st Infantry
Brigade, when they had a mission at Camp Shelby (Miss.) It also
included lodging for the 4th Cavalry Brigade when they were at Fort
McCoy for mobilization training last summer."
said she is pleased to work alongside other Fort McCoy employees who
have been selected as Army Lodging employees of the year. These
personnel include: Al Brueggen, chief Support Services, who has won
twice in the supervisory category: Mary Hoeft, Lodging Manager, who
won in the manager category; and Shirley Rentz, former chief of
Housekeeping, who also won in the supervisory category.
also has had three finalists in the competition during the years.
Fort McCoy Lodging operation also was selected as the Army Lodging of
the Year Award in 2005 for the super category, which included
operations with more than 500 rooms.
shows what type of management we have," Benish said. "I was
shocked when I was announced as the winner."
try to make everyone’s stay here as enjoyable and as comfortable as
possible," she said. "We try to accommodate everyone to the
best of our ability."
received a trophy, a monetary award and a Morale, Welfare and
Recreation commander’s coin for winning the competition.
said Benish is an employee who is cheerful, enthusiastic, responsible,
a self-starter and self-directed. "She has the taxpayers’ best
interest at heart," Hoeft said. "She ensures they get the
best value for their money."
has boundless energy and is persistent," Hoeft said. "If she
can’t solve a problem today, she will solve it tomorrow. She likes
to have a finished product."
was one of nine finalists for the award from throughout the Army
(CONUS and OCONUS). Hoeft said one of the things that made the award
special was that Benish’s parents and aunt were able to make the
with the other Fort McCoy Lodging employees, Benish is a dedicated
student of the educational and training opportunities available to
Lodging employees, Hoeft said.
includes both off-site and onsite training.
likes working with people," Hoeft said. "Some people say
they can hear the smile on her face when they’re talking to her on
consistently provides top-notch customer service to everyone,"
Hoeft said, "which is what this award is all about."