|With the support and mentorship of Tomah High School
Art Instructor Lisa Winchel and two of her students, Regional Training
Site (RTS)-Medical Fort McCoy and the Directorate of Family and Morale,
Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) each are displaying a new painting at
High School representatives present a military, medical painting
with a patriotic theme to Lt. Col. Dennis Klatt (left) and Col.
Brad Richardson of Regional Training Site-Medical Fort McCoy.
(Contributed photo )
The paintings were completed and donated by students Megan Franklin
and Cheyenne Shenep.
Both Franklin and Shenep worked on their respective paintings throughout
the spring 2012 semester. Shenep’s painting is at RTS-Medical, while
Franklin’s painting is displayed at a DFMWR facility at the
The idea of bringing local artists paintings to the RTS-Medical site
came from Col. Brad Richardson, RTS-Medical Site director.
“I looked into the possibility of obtaining a new mural to be displayed
at one of the medical campus buildings (similar to the mural in building
10000 on post),” Richardson said.
“I contacted Mrs. Winchel to see if any of her students would consider
producing a painting with a military/medicine theme. Luckily she had two
talented students step forward and offer to assist with this project.”
Richardson said the paintings add a nice atmosphere to the buildings.
The students had to research and develop a military/medical theme for
the paintings, which helped them learn more about the military and
The students also felt ownership and a connection with the military,
thus supporting the concept of the Army Community Covenant and also
helping to develop a bond between a neighboring community and Fort
McCoy, he said.
Richardson and Lt. Col. Dennis Klatt, clinical coordinator for RTS-Medical
McCoy accepted the paintings and, in turn, presented the artists and
Winchel with the Site Director’s coin and a certificate of appreciation.
(Submitted by Regional Training Site-Medical.)