|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
and a certificate can be printed upon completion.
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,
These items are available from the lending closet for 30 days with
extensions made on a case-by-case basis for those arriving from
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.)