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ACOE team makes site visit to McCoy

Fort McCoy was one of six Army installations/organizations to receive an Army Communities of Excellence (ACOE) site visit as a most-improved organization in the 2009 competition.

Photo: John Lawrence (center) and Barry Robinson of the ACOE inspection team listen to a point from Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
John Lawrence (center) and Barry Robinson of the ACOE inspection team listen to a point from Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

John Lawrence from Beacon International and Barry Robinson, a Department of the Army civilian from the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, visited the installation as the ACOE inspection team Nov. 24. They met with senior garrison leadership and selected personnel from throughout the garrison.

Neal MacCallum of the Fort McCoy Plans, Analysis and Integration Office (PAIO) said the highlights of the visit included presentations on the Fort McCoy Installation Management System and significant Fort McCoy achievements in each of seven award categories.

Site visit team members also verified and clarified information through documentation reviews and interviews with selected garrison organizations and personnel.

This marked the first ACOE site visit at Fort McCoy since the 2003 competition. The installation was selected as the U.S. Army Reserve winner and Department of the Army first runner-up that year. The installation received $500,000.

Kathleen Rooker of the PAIO said Fort McCoy is competing for monetary awards that are expected to be $100,000 to $200,000 for the 2009 competition in the most-improved category.

The judging for this year’s most-improved category will be based on site-visit results and a comparison of Organizational Self-Assessment (OSA) data. Rooker said this refers to the online OSAs conducted in 2006 and 2007.

Fort McCoy did not participate in the 2004 and 2007 ACOE competitions, but did compete in 2005, 2006 and 2008 ACOE competitions.

Fort McCoy also will receive a feedback report from the November site visit either later this month or in January, Rooker said.

The other installations that were selected as finalists in the most-improved category are U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg, Germany; U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen, the Netherlands; Fort Gordon, Ga.; Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., and Fort Campbell, Ky.

 

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