Fort McCoy News April 28, 2017

Installation Planning Board meets,

discusses McCoy's forward vision

STORY & PHOTO BY SCOTT T. STURKOL
Public Affairs Staff

Fort McCoy's Installation Planning Board, or IPB, met April 11 in the first of two meetings for the year.

The board is a forum for identifying, assessing, and providing a common-operating picture for installationwide planning requirements, said Plans, Analysis and Integration Office Chief Ken Musselwhite.

"The IPB is an opportunity to enhance collaborative communication and decisions installation-wide, prioritize local requirements, and highlight issues for elevation to Army senior leaders," Musselwhite said.

Directorate of Human Resources Director Terry Streeton addresses Fort McCoy workforce members and others during the Installation Planning Board meeting April 11 in building 102. The Installation Planning Board meets twice a year. The board’s purpose is to develop an Integrated Priorities List in support of improving installation services and programs.
Directorate of Human Resources Director Terry Streeton addresses
Fort McCoy workforce members and others during the Installation
Planning Board meeting April 11 in building 102. The Installation
Planning Board meets twice a year. The board's purpose is to develop
an Integrated Priorities List in support of improving installation services
and programs.

Among those who attended the meeting included Installation Management Command (IMCOM)-Readiness Director Brenda L. McCullough from Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort McCoy senior commander and 88th Regional Support Command Commanding General Maj. Gen. Patrick J. Reinert; Garrison Commander Col. David J. Pinter Sr.; Deputy Garrison Commander Col. James A. Parkinson; Deputy to the Garrison Commander James A. Chen; and other leadership members and special staff from Fort McCoy garrison and tenant organizations.

The meeting agenda included going over follow-up actions from the previous IPB session in 2016, reviewing numerous discretionary topics, updating the Integrated Priorities List, and noting upcoming major events at the installation.

"The IPB goes through all these steps in the meeting to ensure resourcing decisions are aligned with the Installation Strategic Plan and operationalize with the IMCOM principle of sustainability," Musselwhite said. "This meeting forum also allows us to disseminate information and demonstrate integration of garrison requirements and planning efforts with the senior commander, tenant organizations, and other installation stakeholder planning functions."

One of the follow-up items from the last IPB meeting was the establishment of the Cold-Weather Operations Course by the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, or DPTMS. Brad Stewart, DPTMS director, said the course was successful and beneficial, holding three course sessions between January and March graduating more than 40 service members.

Stewart added that in order to reach full operational capability for fiscal year 2018, DPTMS will add two more cadre instructors and is working with the Army's Northern Warfare Training Center to send a mobile training team to Fort McCoy to certify and validate the instructors and program of instruction (POI) for the course.

"We'll also continue to refine the POI and equipment so that it is consistent with developing doctrine and requirements," Stewart said.

The meeting also covered eight items on the Integrated Priorities List, including:

• integrated protection of the force.

• execution of sustainable readiness and Total Force integration.

• delivery of Family and Soldier services.

• sustaining renovation of World War II-era facilities and execute long-range strategy.

• prioritizing and executing base operations support responsibilities.

• pursuing information technology infrastructure upgrades to support mission command systems and anticipated Army future communication changes.

• ensuring military value and relevance through a comprehensive and aggressive strategic messaging and communications strategy.

"Completion of action plans associated with the Integrated Priorities List is a measure of garrison success," Musselwhite said.
Under each item, Fort McCoy workforce members addressed the progress and importance of each item. For example, Directorate of Public Works Director Liane Haun discussed how current facility upgrades are taking place in the 1900 block to World War II-era facilities, and Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Director Patric McGuane highlighted planned improvements at Pine View Campground and other facilities. All of these demonstrated successes and challenges directly relate to Fort McCoy's Five-Year Strategic Plan for 2016-2020, Stewart said.

"Without the support of, and input from, the garrison staff, installation tenants, transient customers, and our higher headquarters, we wouldn't have been able to develop the strategic objectives, performance goals, and strategic action plans to continue ensuring Fort McCoy's military relevance and success as briefed during the IPB," Stewart said. "Fort McCoy is and remains the premier Total Force Training Center for the early deployers in the Army Early Response Force to meet the Army's operational demand requirements."

The next IPB meeting is planned for September. For more information about the board, call the Plans, Analysis, and Integration Office at 608-388-8443.