Fort McCoy News September 27, 2013

ISFAC meeting hosted by Army Community Service

STORY & PHOTO BY THERESA FITZGERALD
Public Affairs Staff

The Fort McCoy Army Community Service (ACS) Center hosted the quarterly Inter-Service Family Assistance Committee (ISFAC) meeting Sept. 5 at Fort McCoy.

Photo for ISFAC article
Members of the Inter-Service Family Assistance Committee tour
the Staff Sgt. Todd R. Cornell NCO Academy at Fort McCoy. The
committee, which met at Fort McCoy Sept. 5, meets quarterly to
exchange information and to network to better serve the needs of
veterans, military personnel and their Families.

ISFAC is a voluntary military/community cooperative or partnership organized to allow service providers to engage in networking and to connect service and Family members, veterans, and Wounded Warriors with local military and/or community resources.

The Wisconsin ISFAC consists of more than 250 members with 60 federal, state and non-profit organizations from around the state. Kevin Herman, the Fort McCoy ACS Outreach coordinator and the Wisconsin ISFAC coordinator, organizes all the ISFAC meetings for the state of Wisconsin as well as serves as the point of contact for Joining Community Forces.

More information about Joining Community Forces is located at http://www.jointservicessupport.org/
communityforces/BecomePartner.aspx
.

Meetings are rotated throughout the state to allow members to attend meetings held closer to their geographic area. The next meeting is Dec. 5 in Green Bay, Wis.

The McCoy meeting included tours of the Staff Sgt. Todd R. Cornell Noncommissioned Officer Academy and the 426th Regiment (Regional Training Institute) and Wisconsin Military Academy, followed by a networking lunch at McCoy's Community Club.

The tours afforded the group a chance to observe how today's Army trains and lives. Many of the attendees only have a vision of military life as shown through media channels. The tours conducted by Soldiers allowed the group to interact directly with the Soldiers.

The networking lunch included an opportunity for each member present to introduce themselves, the organization they represent and describe the services their organization provides and also mention upcoming events, i.e. job fairs, and employment workshops. This portion of the meeting brought service providers together for collaboration and networking to solidify partnerships that will better serve the needs of veterans, military personnel and their Families.

ISFAC attendees learned that the color purple has a significant meaning. The results of blending the colors of each military branch is the color purple; an organization that is purple is one that assists all branches of the military.

To learn more about ISFAC, visit their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/WisISFAC.