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October 28, 2011


Engineer unit adds new sidewalk for youth to use at McCoy Child Development Center

Members of a Milwaukee-based Army Reserve engineer unit that trains at Fort McCoy on a regular basis showed their appreciation by adding 330 feet of sidewalk as part of a Troop Project to support the Child Development Center (CDC) facility.
PHOTO: Soldiers with the 609th Engineer Detachment (Concrete) install a new sidewalk at Fort McCoy.Photo by Rob Schuette
Engineer personnel from the 609th Engineer Detachment (Concrete) install a new sidewalk at the Fort McCoy Child Development Center as part of Troop Project work. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

Staff Sgt. Nate Wehmeier, the detachment commander/noncommissioned officer in charge for the 609th Engineer Detachment (Concrete), said unit members enjoyed adding the sidewalk to support walking and bicycling opportunities for the youth who use the facility.

“They can ride their bicycles or tricycles or walk safely down this area,” Wehmeier said. “It also will provide them with fitness opportunities.”

Unit members gained by having a chance to use and refine their building skills on a project that will benefit the entire Fort McCoy community, he said. They also have the pride of ownership as they know their work will support current and future generations who work, live and train at Fort McCoy, he added.

Chelsey Smith, Fort McCoy CDC program director, said the project extends the sidewalk areas on the property and gives the youth more area to play on site. The fence on the playground also will be extended to make the area larger and will be constructed later with a private contract, Smith said.

“It will be a great place for the children to work on their gross motor skills and an additional play area to explore,” Smith said. “The work by the Soldiers is greatly appreciated.”

Larry Morrow, Fort McCoy Troop Projects coordinator, said the 609th added two extra days to its training cycle so unit members could complete the work.

“The 609th considers Fort McCoy its home away from home, so they want to do what they can do to improve it,” he said.
“Many engineer units that come to Fort McCoy take advantage of our facilities to conduct training,” Morrow said. “They all are looking for ways to give back to the installation, and when they get an opportunity to support us like this they are more than happy to use their skills to benefit the post.”

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