Fort McCoy News Nov. 24, 2017

This month in Fort McCoy history

71 Years Ago — Nov. 1, 1946

Under the direction of Capt. John Sills, then-Camp McCoy's Separation Detachment was able to discharge six enlisted men and four officers within one to three days. Every Monday and Wednesday, about 15 separates received their final medical examinations. Five of these men were discharged that same day, and five each day thereafter.

30 Years Ago — Nov. 5, 1987

A vacant Fort McCoy building targeted for demolition burned to the ground Nov. 5.

Soldiers stop for a photo at then-Camp McCoy prior to a Thanksgiving dinner at the installation in November 1937.
Soldiers stop for a photo at then-Camp McCoy prior to a Thanksgiving
dinner at the installation in November 1937.
File photo

The installation fire chief said the structural fire at building 2215 caused approximately $22,000 in damages and is believed to have started about 11:35 a.m. The fire was reported by an employee in a neighboring facility at 11:50 a.m.

The Fort McCoy fire inspector said prior removal of some siding from the building caused the building to burn faster because of increased ventilation to the fire. Equipment lost in the building included a welding torch unit and various tools.

Because the building was scheduled to for demolition, the department focused its efforts on controlling the blaze and preventing spread of the fire to neighboring buildings.

An investigation into the cause of the fire revealed that workmen preparing the building for demolition were using welding equipment to cut pipe inside the structure. The fire started shortly after the workers left the area for lunch. The pipe being worked on was near wooden rafters, and conduction and metal slag from the cutting operation combined forces to cause the fire.

20 Years Ago — Nov. 14, 1997

Deputy Chief of the Army Reserve Brig. Gen. James R. Helmly spoke with media representatives at Fort McCoy. Helmly, on post to support a Fort-McCoy Retiree Council seminar, used the visit as an opportunity to tell the story of the Army Reserve.

10 Years Ago — Nov. 1, 2007

Members of the Fort McCoy community gathered at Woodridge Community Center on Nov. 1 to witness the signing of the Army Family Covenant by Fort McCoy senior leaders.

The Army Family Covenant recognizes the hardships that Families face in support of their Soldiers and pledges to support Army Families and improve their quality of life. The covenant recognizes that while Soldiers defend the nation, their strength is in their Families.

Leaders putting pen to paper at the covenant-signing ceremony were Maj. Gen. James R. Sholar, commanding general of the 88th Regional Readiness Sustainment Command; Installation Commander Col. Derek J. Sentinella; and Command Sgt. Maj. M. Kevin Dubois, installation command sergeant major.

These signatures joined those of Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr., and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston. Signatures of Army leadership already were in place on the documents.

Signing ceremonies similar to the one held at Fort McCoy occurred at installations throughout the country.

   (Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office from The Real McCoy and Triad archives.)