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October 28, 2011

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Program helps integrate people moving to McCoy

The Fort McCoy Army Community Service (ACS) Center Relocation Program provides various resources and services to help smooth the transition for relocating Soldiers, civilians, and Family members to and from Fort McCoy.

First and foremost in helping to provide a smooth transition is for units to appoint sponsors to help prepare and welcome incoming personnel. ACS provides sponsorship training on a quarterly basis and also provides information for the online eSponsorship Application & Training. All commanders, supervisors, and sponsors are encouraged to take one or the other, or both. The online training can be accessed at http://apps.mhf.dod.mil/ESAT and a certificate can be printed upon completion.

Sponsorship class schedule

Sponsorship training is held for one hour on a quarterly basis at Fort McCoy’s Army Community Service (ACS) Center, building 2111.

Training is from 10-11 a.m. on the following dates: Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011; and in 2012; Tuesday, Feb. 7; Tuesday, May 1; Tuesday, Aug. 7; and Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Sponsorship is a commander’s program that assists Soldiers, civilian employees and Families during the reassignment process, and improves unit or organizational cohesion and readiness.
Training topics include: Regulations and Forms; Program Entitlements; Types of Sponsorship; Sponsor Responsibilities; Commander’s Responsibilities; and e-Sponsorship.

For more information or to register, contact ACS at 608-388-3505. Registration is requested at least one week prior to the training. Administrative time to attend these classes may be given at a supervisor’s discretion.

ACS also will provide welcome CDs containing numerous resource materials that sponsors can send along with their welcome letter to incoming personnel. Or, sponsors can e-mail a request that ACS send out the informational CD.

Upon arrival, commanders/supervisors should ensure that new personnel inprocess with ACS. At that time, a needs assessment will be conducted to see what types of assistance the newcomers still might want and referrals will be made accordingly.

This same type of assessment also can be provided to anyone leaving the installation and PCSing (permanent change of station) to a new duty station. There are many relocation-related resources available.

A welcome tote of informational materials is provided to permanent-party military and Department of the Army civilian employees. It contains information about the installation, local communities, and things to do in Wisconsin as well as relocation-related materials.

New personnel are encouraged to attend the Fort McCoy Newcomer Orientation that is held the second Wednesday of each month. In addition to a command welcome and hearing from various Fort McCoy agency representatives about the programs and services that can be provided to them and their Family members, they will get a tour of the installation conducted by Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Marketing Office personnel.

Those who arrive before their household goods do can check-out lending closet items such as air mattresses, tables, chairs, kitchen items, vacuums, etc.

These items are available from the lending closet for 30 days with extensions made on a case-by-case basis for those arriving from overseas.

The ACS staff also sends letters and questionnaires to newly arrived foreign-born spouses seeking input about their relocation experiences.

Returned questionnaires help ACS determine what additional support can be provided in addition to Western Technical College campus listings, English Language Learners classes or information about citizenship.

ACS staff also likes to send letters of support to waiting Families who remain in the area while their sponsors are away either at a long-term school, deployed, or PCSed to another installation.

The only way this support can be provided, however, is if their sponsor outprocesses through ACS to let the organization know they will be away. ACS also would like to hear from the Family or sponsor upon their return or if the Family decides to relocate to the new duty station.

In addition to the ACS Relocation Program, there are many other programs and agencies on the installation that can assist in meeting the relocation needs of both in and outprocessing personnel.

For more information, call ACS at 608-388-2359/3505.

(Submitted by Army Community Service.)

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