Fort McCoy News March 10, 2017

Fort McCoy earns Bronze Award

in 2017 Army Communities of Excellence competition

The Army’s Installation Management Command, headquartered at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, announced March 7 that Fort McCoy earned the Bronze Award in the active-Army category in the Army Communities of Excellence competition. 

Fort McCoy last earned Army Communities of Excellence honors in 2011 in the reserve-component category.

Army Communities of Excellence is an annual competition that uses the Baldrige Framework for Performance Excellence to evaluate Army installations, said Fort McCoy Plans, Analysis and Integration Office Chief Ken Musselwhite. That framework is based on seven criteria, including leadership, strategic planning, customers, knowledge management, workforce, operations, and results. 

“This is the first time the installation was recognized in the active-Army category and is a great reflection upon the Fort McCoy team,” Musselwhite said. “Fort McCoy’s competitive strengths are its workforce, which is always willing to go the extra mile for the customer, and its ability to develop and follow five-year strategic business plans, as noted in the initial competition feedback report.

“Working from these strengths, the U.S. Army Garrison Fort McCoy team has already begun developing its submission for the next competition,” Musselwhite said.

In 2016, a team from the Fort McCoy garrison composed of members from each directorate who worked together to research, develop, and write an Army Communities of Excellence submission, which was delivered to Installation Management Command in August 2016.

“A group of examiners from across Installation Management Command graded all submissions for the competition, following up on the top seven applicants with site visits,” Musselwhite said. “Fort McCoy was one of the top seven applicants, and we received a site visit in late September (2016).”

During the three-day site visit by the Installation Management Command team, the examiners met with the Fort McCoy team to validate the post’s submission.

In January, one installation was eliminated from competition, leaving six to vie for one Gold Award, one Silver Award, two Bronze Awards, and two honorable mentions, Musselwhite said.

The Army community is the backbone of Army readiness, according to Installation Management Command. Army forces train at, deploy from, are sustained by, and return to the community. Army Communities of Excellence awards have been presented since 1989 by the command.

For the 2017 competition, the 88th Regional Support Command, a Fort McCoy tenant organization, earned the Gold Award in the reserve-component category.

A formal recognition ceremony will be held at the Pentagon later in 2017. Gold Award winners go on to compete for the Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence, which includes the other military services.

   (Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office and the Plans, Analysis and Integration Office.)