Fort McCoy News October 28, 2016

Garrison-Tenant Staff Meeting brings ideas together

Representatives of Fort McCoy garrison staff and tenant organizations met Oct. 11 in building 905 for a biannual meeting.

The Garrison-Tenant Staff Meeting is an important opportunity for all who attend, said Fort McCoy Garrison Deputy Commander Lt. Col. James A. Parkinson.

"Our purpose here is to have open dialogue," Parkinson said during the meeting. "We get together twice a year to discuss the events that have happened, the events coming up, as well as any issues that need to be resolved."

Garrison Commander Col. David J. Pinter Sr. (standing) speaks to attendees at the Garrison-Tenant Staff Meeting Oct. 11 in building 905 at Fort McCoy.
Garrison Commander Col. David J. Pinter Sr. (standing) speaks to
attendees at the Garrison-Tenant Staff Meeting Oct. 11 in building 905
at Fort McCoy. The meeting is held twice a year for all organizations at
the installation.
Photo by Scott T. Sturkol

As part of the meeting, the representative from each garrison directorate and tenant organization has several minutes to relay information and ideas. "We even expanded our total meeting time to two hours (from 90 minutes) just to give everyone enough time to share," Parkinson said.

Garrison Commander Col. David J. Pinter Sr. welcomed the opportunity to talk to the "entire Fort McCoy team."

He addressed the importance of the forum, reviewed installation accomplishments of the previous six months, including successful completion of the Warrior Exercise, Combat Support Training Exercise, and other training events as well as several visits by distinguished visitors.

"All of this would not have happened without a team effort," Pinter said. "It (takes) a team approach for us to be successful in what we do at all times."

Sgt. 1st Class Doug Dobitz with the 13th Battalion, 100th Regiment was an attendee to the meeting. He appreciates opportunities like the Garrison-Tenant Staff Meeting to not only share news, but also connect with other training entities at Fort McCoy.

"For us, it is very beneficial because we are able to inform everyone at one time what to expect in the next few months from our school house and the battalion," Dobitz said. "We also can track changes in policy that affect our students, and we can do some more networking and partnering."

The next Garrison-Tenant Staff Meeting is planned for April 2017.

For more information about the meeting, call the Garrison Command Group at 608-388-3545.

   (Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office.)