Fort McCoy News March 24, 2017

Fort McCoy Garrison, 88th RSC earn ACOE awards

The 88th Regional Support Command (RSC), a Fort McCoy tenant organization, was selected as the Gold Award winner for the Army Reserve category, and Fort McCoy Garrison earned the Bronze Award in the active-Army category in the annual Chief of Staff of the Army, Army Communities of Excellence (ACOE) competition for 2017.

The Department of the Army announced the 2017 ACOE awards in a March 7 message. This marks the fourth win for the 88th RSC. The unit won the top prize in 2011, 2013, and 2015. Fort McCoy Garrison has won numerous ACOE honors in the past — most recently in 2011.

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: leadership, strategic planning, customers, knowledge management, workforce, operations, and results.

Susan Roberts, Christine Donovan, and Rianne Tillery (left) with the Army Communities of Excellence (ACOE) Site Visit Team hold a meeting with members of the Fort McCoy ACOE Team on Sept. 19, 2016, in building 100. Fort McCoy was one of seven Army installations/organizations selected for an ACOE site visit in the 2017 competition.
Susan Roberts, Christine Donovan, and Rianne Tillery (left) with the
Army Communities of Excellence (ACOE) Site Visit Team hold a meeting
with members of the Fort McCoy ACOE Team on Sept. 19, 2016, in
building 100. Fort McCoy was one of seven Army installations/
organizations selected for an ACOE site visit in the 2017 competition.

Photo by Scott T. Sturkol

Fort McCoy's senior commander and the 88th RSC Commanding General Maj. Gen. Patrick J. Reinert said the Gold Award is reflective of the work done within the 88th.

"I am very proud of the 88th team," Reinert said. "This award shows how each team member contributes to improving the lives of our Soldiers and the readiness of the Army Reserve."

"The 2017 Chief of Staff of the Army, Army Communities of Excellence award is a great reflection on the values based culture of the Team McCoy professionals," said Garrison Commander Col. David J. Pinter Sr. "Fort McCoy Garrison receiving the bronze in the active duty category demonstrates we have exceeded Army standards while constantly evaluating ways to improve.

"This year, Fort McCoy has two winners with the 88th RSC receiving the gold in the Army Reserve category," Pinter said. "Team McCoy is constantly seeking process improvements, along with workforce development and providing quality customer service to support mission readiness.

"The cornerstone to Team McCoy receiving the ACOE award is a well-led and managed organization that is dedicated and focused on executing our five year plan in concert with providing quality support to our customers."

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 worked together to research, develop, and write an ACOE submission, which was delivered to Installation Management Command in August. 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.

"Fort McCoy was one of the top seven applicants, and we received a site visit in late September (2016)," Musselwhite said.

"It was truly a team effort, and receiving the recognition is one of Team McCoy's great successes during the past year," Pinter 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.

A formal recognition ceremony will be held at the Pentagon later in 2017. Gold Award winners like the 88th go on to compete for the Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence, which includes the other military services.

For more information about ACOE at Fort McCoy, call the Plans, Analysis and Integration Office at 608-388-8443.

   (Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office; the Fort McCoy Plans, Analysis and Integration Office; and Zachary Mott with the 88th Regional Support Command Public Affairs Office.)