Fort McCoy News August 28, 2015

Community liaison specialist receives award

STORY & PHOTO BY SCOTT T. STURKOL
Public Affairs Staff

Community Liaison Specialist Richard Jackson of the Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) Police Department was presented with the Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation Friend of Recreation award Aug. 12.

The award recognizes noteworthy contributions of time and effort by people outside of the community recreation program who support individual recreation programs.

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Community Liaison Specialist Richard Jackson of the Directorate of Emergency Services Police Department (right) accepts the Friend of Recreation Award from Fort McCoy Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Director Patric D. McGuane.

Jackson was presented with the award by Garrison Commander Col. Steven W. Nott and Patric D. McGuane, director of the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR).

"This is a big deal," Nott said during the presentation. "DFMWR is busy just like everyone else. For them to take time out of their own schedules to write this (award) up, get it submitted, and to see it get awarded says something. This is not a common award. … They obviously spent some time on their recommendation.

"You (Jackson) have made an impact on people, and I truly appreciate that."

Jackson, who has been an employee of the Fort McCoy garrison in DES for more than 22 years, currently serves as the DES community liaison specialist. He has been the police liaison to the DFMWR for more than 17 years.

During his time at the installation, Jackson has coordinated DES services to many MWR and special events, such as the Fort McCoy Open House, Army Concert, Day for Kids, Easter egg hunt, Wellness Fair, Army birthday, and much more, according to the award submission.

Specifically highlighted in the award submission is Jackson's support for the Army Concert each year, which is the largest revenue-generating MWR event on Fort McCoy.

Jackson works approximately 160 hours each year to support the event and is responsible for front stage, backstage, and talent security.

"He also is responsible for the direct supervision and leadership of the additional 25-plus security personnel, either military police augmentees or tenant Reserve Soldiers, who provide the services for the security (at the concert)," the submission states.

Jackson has been recognized in the past for his community support. In 2013, he received the Installation Management Command "Hero of the Day" award for his involvement in Operation Santa, which is held during the Christmas holiday season at Fort McCoy. Jackson has developed and coordinated many Operation Santa visits as part of the installation's effort to deliver programs and services to Soldiers and Families.

All of Jackson's support to Family and MWR programs and patrons may be best expressed in the award citation.

"Fort McCoy would like to express our sincere appreciation in recognition of his personal commitment, dedication, and performance. Mr. Jackson's exceptional service to MWR patrons continuously meets and exceeds expectations and should not go unnoticed. His high standard of performance and excellence in service makes him deserving of the Army MWR Friend of Recreation award."

Jackson said he never expected to be recognized, but greatly appreciates it.

"I was really honored to receive the award," he said. "I like what I do, and I always feel it is my job is to help all events on Fort McCoy to be a total success."

For more information about Family and MWR activities at Fort McCoy, go online to http://www.mccoy.armymwr.com.