Fort McCoy News Aug. 12, 2016

Chief of Army Reserve visits Fort McCoy

BY SCOTT T. STURKOL
Public Affairs Staff

Chief of Army Reserve (CAR) and U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC) Commanding General Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey visited Fort McCoy July 17-20 to meet with installation staff, tenant organizations, and service members participating in several exercises on post.

Luckey began duties in the dual-hatted position June 30. As the CAR and USARC commanding general, Luckey leads a community-based force of more than 200,000 Soldiers and civilians located in 50 states, five territories, and more than 30 countries.

Chief of the Army Reserve and U.S. Army Reserve Command Commanding General Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey (right) talks with students at the Staff Sgt. Todd R. Cornell Noncommissioned Officer Academy July 19.
Chief of the Army Reserve and U.S. Army Reserve Command Commanding
General Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey (right) talks with students at the Staff
Sgt. Todd R. Cornell Noncommissioned Officer Academy July 19.

Contributed photo

This was Luckey's first official visit to Fort McCoy in this position.

"It's good to be back in Wisconsin," Luckey said during his initial briefing with Fort McCoy staff July 17. "I'm not coming here to inspect. I'm coming here to inspire."

On day one of his visit, Luckey was briefed by Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. David J. Pinter Sr. and dined with Army Reserve and Fort McCoy senior leaders at McCoy's Community Center.

Day two's itinerary began with Luckey participating in a physical-readiness training (PRT) session alongside staff, cadre, and students with Regional Training Site (RTS)-Maintenance at the Fort McCoy Physical Fitness Training Site.

Afterward, Luckey visited with 86th Training Division and 75th Training Command officials about Warrior Exercise (WAREX) 86-16-03 and reviewed several of Fort McCoy's simulation training facilities, including the Reconfigurable Vehicle Tactical Trainer, Engagement Skills Trainer, and the Virtual Clearance Training Suite.

"The tour provided Fort McCoy the opportunity to show him our state-of-the-art simulation training facilities, equipment, and medical training aids and how effectively these training enablers are used to support a commander's training objectives to improve individual and unit collective-training proficiency," said Training Support Officer Rob Weisbrod with the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS).

"It also demonstrated how our simulators are effectively incorporated into (Army Reserve) Combat Support Training Program events, such as WAREX."

The importance of utilizing training simulators to support Fort McCoy's vision to establish a live-virtual-constructive integrated training environment and become a satellite mission-training complex also were highlighted, Weisbrod said.

Chief of the Army Reserve and U.S. Army Reserve Command Commanding General Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey receives an installation briefing from Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. David J. Pinter Sr. as part of his official visit to Fort McCoy.
Chief of the Army Reserve and U.S. Army Reserve Command Commanding
General Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey receives an installation briefing from
Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. David J. Pinter Sr. as part of his
official visit to Fort McCoy.
Photo by Scott T. Sturkol


Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey (left to right) talks with Brig. Gen. Lee Gray, commanding general of the 86th Training Division; Brig. Gen. Michael O’Guinn, commanding general of Medical Readiness Training Command of San Antonio, Texas; and Col. Mark Towne with the Office of the Chief of the Army Reserve during Warrior Exercise 86-16-03 at Fort McCoy July 19.
Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey (left to right) talks with Brig. Gen. Lee Gray,
commanding general of the 86th Training Division; Brig. Gen. Michael
O'Guinn, commanding general of Medical Readiness Training Command
of San Antonio, Texas; and Col. Mark Towne with the Office of the Chief
of the Army Reserve during Warrior Exercise 86-16-03 at Fort McCoy
July 19.
Photo by Spc. Cody Hein

Luckey then visited the Logistics Readiness Center Central Issue Facility (CIF). At the CIF, Luckey and staff members received an organizational clothing and individual equipment issue and toured the facility.

Paul Jackson, chief of the Installation Property Book Section within the Supply Division of the Logistics Readiness Center, briefed the general and his staff about the overall CIF operation, to include the support provided to Reserve Soldiers training at Fort McCoy.

"Fort McCoy is the only post that has this capability to support the Reserve Soldiers during exercises," said CIF Property Book Officer Thomas Lovgren. "Having a CIF that Reserve Soldiers have access to during their training is another reason why Fort McCoy is so well suited for supporting these major Reserve training exercises."

Day three had Luckey at the Staff Sgt. Todd R. Cornell Noncommissioned Officer Academy (NCOA), 88th Regional Support Command and its Equipment Concentration Site-67, the DPTMS Medical Simulation Training Center, RTS-Medical and RTS-Maintenance facilities, and to the field to observe training in WAREX and the Red Dragon and Joint Task Force-Port Opening exercises.

NCOA Commandant Command Sgt. Maj. Steven Dryer said staff, cadre, and students participated in a PRT session with Luckey. Afterward, he toured the NCOA's training complex.

"It was refreshing to have the commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve Command visit … (and) showcase one of the premier (NCO) Professional Development System learning institutions in the entire Army to him," Dryer said. "The importance of the visit did not go unnoticed by the staff, cadre, and students. He left a great impression upon them. The commanding general was engaged, enthusiastic, and motivational to all who he came in contact with."

Capt. Scott Sumbles, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Fort McCoy, served as an escort officer for Luckey's visit.

"As his escort officer, it was my duty to ensure timely arrival to scheduled locations and to provide the general and his staff with diverse types of support promptly and professionally," Sumbles said. "It was a privilege. I thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to interact and learn from (them)."

Sumbles added the visit was a great opportunity to showcase all of what Fort McCoy offers. He cited one example where Luckey saw the big picture of Fort McCoy during a helicopter flight over the installation directed by DPTMS Training Division Chief Ed Carns.

"They were able to observe not only training in progress but also the training capabilities of Fort McCoy," Sumbles said.
Throughout his visit, Luckey carried a consistent message about his vision for the future of the Army Reserve, highlighting the importance of the Reserve mission and maintaining readiness.

"This is about leadership," Luckey said. "It's about energy, and it's about execution.

"It's about building, leading, and sustaining the most capable, ready, and lethal federal Army Reserve the Army has ever seen."