|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.
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
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
“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.”