Fort McCoy News March 24, 2017

The Real McCoy Online

earns IMCOM-level recognition

The U.S. Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM) recently announced results of the 2016 IMCOM-level Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Competition.

Fort McCoy was recognized with third place in Category C: Digital Publication (Unit Category) for The Real McCoy Online.
Winners were chosen from submissions in print, community relations, and broadcast categories from installations around the world. IMCOM is one of the largest commands in the Army.

"The Real McCoy, both online and print editions, is a community newspaper that is a reflection of the entire installation and military community," said Fort McCoy Public Affairs Officer Tonya Townsell. "This recognition is not just a reflection of the hard work of our staff, but also a reflection of the great support we receive from everyone at Fort McCoy."

The Real McCoy Online

The July 8, 2016, edition of The Real McCoy Online, available at
, was the issue entered into the competition.
The edition included stories about the former Squaw Lake being renamed to Suukjak Sep (pronounced sook-junk-sep) Lake, a troop project to build a shower facility at Improved Tactical Training Base Freedom, training at the Combined Arms Collective Training Facility, Soldiers training at the Central Issue Facility, and Fort McCoy's actions to monitor the Zika virus at the installation. The edition also included numerous photos from around the post.

The Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Communications Awards Competition recognizes Soldiers and Department of the Army civilian employees for excellence in achieving the objectives of the Army Public Affairs Program, according to the competition website,

On behalf of the Secretary of the Army, the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs conducts the competition annually in order to recognize, cultivate, and inspire excellence within the Army public affairs community.

The competition also aligns as closely as possible with the annual Defense Media Awards, establishes competition criteria, and provides the Army with guidance for recognizing the most notable work of its public affairs professionals.

This is the second straight year The Real McCoy Online received a third-place finish in the competition. The online publication earned second place in the competition in 2014 and has earned similar placings in previous years.

For more information about The Real McCoy Online, visit and click on The Real McCoy icon on the right of the page, or call 608-388-4128.

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