Fort McCoy News Aug. 26, 2016

IMCOM commanding general visits installation

BY SCOTT T. STURKOL
Public Affairs Staff

Installation Management Command (IMCOM) Commanding General Lt. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl toured facilities and training areas and met with workforce members during his first official visit to Fort McCoy Aug. 16-18.

A special dinner was held at McCoy's Community Center the evening of Dahl's arrival. Attending the dinner were Fort McCoy senior leaders and federal congressional representatives.

"It also was a chance for him to see how McCoy's is ideally suited to support multiple events and provide many services," said Director Patric McGuane with the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (DFMWR).

Installation Management Command Commanding General Lt. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl (left) talks with Fort McCoy Directorate of Public Works Director Liane Haun and Garrison Deputy Commander Lt. Col. James A. Parkinson during the general’s visit to a renovated World War II-era barracks Aug. 18.
Installation Management Command Commanding General Lt. Gen.
Kenneth R. Dahl (left) talks with Fort McCoy Directorate of Public Works
Director Liane Haun and Garrison Deputy Commander Lt. Col. James A.
Parkinson during the general's visit to a renovated World War II-era
barracks Aug. 18
. Photo by Scott T. Sturkol

The second day of the visit began with the Garrison Command Briefing given by Garrison Commander Col. David J. Pinter Sr. Before the briefing, Dahl presented members of the Directorate of Public Works (DPW) Natural Resources Branch with the 2016 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for Best Natural Resources Conservation Team. Dahl also presented command coins to six members of the garrison staff whose performance was recognized during the recent IMCOM Operational Inspection Program visit at Fort McCoy. A meeting with Fort McCoy's senior commander Maj. Gen. Patrick J. Reinert with the 88th Regional Support Command followed.

Dahl then began tours of several Fort McCoy facilities. The first stop was at the new Logistics Readiness Center Central Issue Facility.

At the CIF, Dahl learned the facility is the only CIF Armywide that Reserve Soldiers have access to during training, said Thomas Lovgren, CIF property book officer.

Next was an overview of Fort McCoy's training simulation facilities to observe Soldiers using the Reconfigurable Vehicle Tactical Trainer and Engagement Skills Trainer and Marines using the Virtual Clearance Training Suite for convoy training.

An aerial tour of Fort McCoy then allowed Dahl to see thousands of service members completing training on both North Post and South Post.

"I wanted to come (visit) when Fort McCoy had one of its largest events in training activity going on," said Dahl. "I think I chose well because I got to see an awful lot of training."

Following the aerial tour, Dahl visited more Fort McCoy facilities, including the Directorate of Emergency Services and DFMWR's Whitetail Ridge Ski Area and Pine View Campground.

Installation Management Command Commanding General Lt. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl (holding flag box on right) presents the Directorate of Public Works (DPW) Environmental Division Natural Resources Branch (NRB) with the 2016 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for Best Natural Resources Conservation Team Aug. 17.
Installation Management Command Commanding General Lt. Gen.
Kenneth R. Dahl (holding flag box on right) presents the Directorate of
Public Works (DPW) Environmental Division Natural Resources Branch
(NRB) with the 2016 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for
Best Natural Resources Conservation Team Aug. 17. Pictured (from left
to right) are: DPW Director Liane Haun, NRB Chief Mark McCarty,
Wildlife Biologist David Beckmann, DPW Environmental Division Chief
James Hessil, Forester James Kerkman, Dahl, Forestry Technician
Charles Mentzel, 88th Regional Support Command Commanding
General Maj. Gen. Patrick J. Reinert, Fisheries Biologist John Noble, and
Wildlife Biologist Tim Wilder.
Photo by Jamal A. Wilson

Acting DES Director Mark Reaves said the commanding general's visit to DES was informative and worthwhile.

"He is very personable and dedicated to making IMCOM a better organization," Reaves said. "The employees enjoyed talking directly with their commanding general."

Dahl was briefed on the DES 911 Center and engaged with on-duty firefighters at the Fire Department.

"When we proceeded to the fire department, we talked about future projects and walked through the sleeping quarters into the apparatus bay," Reaves said. "There was great dialogue between the firefighters and the commanding general."

McGuane said visits to Whitetail and Pine View acquainted Dahl with the number of outdoor activities offered for troops, retirees, and the local community at Fort McCoy and the work that was done.

"He got to see what we are doing, the importance of sustaining those facilities and their operating profitability," McGuane said.
"We are managing our program and our money very well, and I think the general saw that we have done a good job with our budgeted amounts of money that we get from IMCOM. It's important for him to see how we use that money and how we sustain our programs using the money."

To conclude the second day of his visit, Dahl observed training at the municipal building and police station at Fort McCoy's Combined Arms Collective Training Facility as well as other areas.

"I appreciate folks taking me around so I could see units in the field, such as the chemical decon, and the Air Force doing MedEvac, and the Army — Guard, Reserve, and active — all working together on combat operations to build readiness," Dahl said.

Dahl's third day at Fort McCoy included visiting troop barracks and Family Housing. DPW Director Liane Haun showed Dahl a renovated World War II-era barracks as well as a newly constructed barracks (building 2840).

Haun said it was important for the commanding general to learn about Fort McCoy's troop housing plan.

Lt. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl (center) receives a briefing from Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security Director Brad Stewart (right) during a visit to Fort McCoy training simulation facilities.
Lt. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl (center) receives a briefing from Directorate
of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security Director Brad Stewart
(right) during a visit to Fort McCoy training simulation facilities.
Photo
by Scott T. Sturkol

Military funding for construction will continue to dwindle in future years, Haun said. Fort McCoy has come up with a different concept to sustain its existing facilities for the long term.

"Instead of asking for military construction funds that likely won't be there in the future, Fort McCoy will transition its facilities into a more-permanent status," Haun said. "That will take us into the long-range future, and we'll be less likely to have to go back and ask for military construction funds from headquarters for troop housing.

"I think it's nice that he was able to put his feet on the ground here, see how we are unique, and see how we have taken it upon ourselves to do things to improve our future," she said.

At the housing area, Dahl was briefed by DPW Housing Division Chief Ross O'Neil.

Of his overall visit, Dahl said Fort McCoy has "impressive" training areas. "(It) shows there is a lot of capability here for the whole United States Army and joint forces," he said.

Dahl said he was impressed with the Fort McCoy team.

"On the installation-management side, I could not be more impressed with the leadership out here and the workforce that's really getting after it," Dahl said. "It's a beautiful installation — very well maintained."

Dahl also said the Fort McCoy team has done well with investing for the future.

"They have benefitted from that investment, but more importantly, they have been very good stewards of the investment," Dahl said. "They've extracted every bit out of every dollar they get, and they've been doing very good things with it. So, that is impressive to watch. It gives me a good feeling, and I am glad I got to see that firsthand."

Throughout the visit, Dahl took time to recognize excellence within the Fort McCoy workforce through the presentation of command coins to several personnel. Fort McCoy was the 43rd IMCOM installation Dahl visited since taking over the leadership of IMCOM.