Fort McCoy News Nov. 10, 2017

Fort McCoy recognizes Army Ten-Miler team

with welcome home ceremony

Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Director Patric McGuane speaks about the installation's Army Ten-Miler team and the trophy they won during a welcome home ceremony for the team Nov. 1 at McCoy's Community Center at Fort McCoy.
Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Director Patric
McGuane speaks about the installation's Army Ten-Miler team and the
trophy they won during a welcome home ceremony for the team Nov. 1
at McCoy's Community Center at Fort McCoy.



Deputy to the Garrison Commander James A. Chen congratulates team members during the ceremony.
Deputy to the Garrison Commander James A. Chen congratulates team
members during the ceremony.



Team members Lt. Col. Mark Woomavovah and Maj. Martin Wennblom, both with the 181st Multi-Functional Training Brigade, cut a cake to continue the celebration.
Team members Lt. Col. Mark Woomavovah and Maj. Martin Wennblom,
both with the 181st Multi-Functional Training Brigade, cut a cake to
continue the celebration.



Team member 1st Lt. Jerel Villaneuva with the 1st Battalion, 338th Training Support Battalion receives a Garrison Command Team Coin from Deputy to the Garrison Commander James A. Chen.
Team member 1st Lt. Jerel Villaneuva with the 1st Battalion, 338th
Training Support Battalion receives a Garrison Command Team Coin
from Deputy to the Garrison Commander James A. Chen.

STORY & PHOTOS BY SCOTT T. STURKOL
Public Affairs Staff

The 16 members of the Fort McCoy Army Ten-Miler team who took part in the 2017 event on Oct. 8 in Washington, D.C., were recognized by the installation during a welcome home ceremony Nov. 1 in McCoy's Community Center.

The team earned a second place finish in the Reserve Mixed Category during the competition that saw thousands of runners compete.

Maj. Martin Wennblom was the team's top finisher, winning the age 35-39 age category with a time of 55:49 and finishing 39th overall.

The ceremony included presenting the team's trophy to the installation as well as team members being presented with certificates of appreciation, a Garrison Command Team coin, and a framed photo of the team with the command sergeant major of the Army.
In addition to Wennblom, team members recognized were: Lt. Col. Mark Woomavovah; Majs. Tony Steinhoff, Peter Demeras, and Gloria Rosario; Capt. Billi Bierle; 1st Lts. Jerel Villaneuva and Mark Jensen; 1st Sgt. Hector Ocasio; Sgts. 1st Class Boyce Harris, Clarence Baugher, and Lenchow Griffith; Staff Sgts. Xavier Acevado and Beatriz Sanchez; and Sgts. Andre Smith and Holli Barnes.

"I want to thank everyone who has supported and continues to support this team," said team coach Woomavovah.

"Special thanks to the Fort McCoy Garrison command team and Higher Headquarters Company; Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation members Patric McGuane, Sara Wiedenfeld, Jobi Spolum (now with garrison staff), and Christy Stelzner; all of the Rumpel Fitness Center staff including Jeff Utesch and Julie Pressler; and the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office."

The team has already begun making plans for the 2018 competition.