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October 12, 2012

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Student art to honor military displayed at RTS-Medical McCoy

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 their facilities.
 PHOTO:  A military, medical painting is presented to Regional Training Site-Medical personnel. Contributed photo
Tomah 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 installation.

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 medicine.

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.)

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