Fort McCoy News November 22, 2013

New DPW director emphasizes long-range vision

The new director of the Fort McCoy Directorate of Public Works (DPW) has returned to the U.S. to continue his federal career after spending the last 18 years working for the U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) in Daegu, South Korea.

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James C. Hamilton III, a 29-year federal employee, said he considers himself very fortunate to have been selected to lead the directorate. He had served as the DPW director for USAG Daegu for more than eight years.

Hamilton said his previous experience has taught him the importance of Fort McCoy having a long-range vision of its end state. Fort McCoy is in good position with its Master Planning and Housing Divisions, which already have long-range plans to support the future development and missions at Fort McCoy, he said.

"Fort McCoy also has a good Strategic Business Plan that promotes analyses of our processes and challenges the status quo," he said. "We have to constantly work to take our performance to the next level."

When Hamilton began his job research, he said Fort McCoy impressed him. Although he hadn't been to the installation, he had many friends and acquaintances in Korea who were from the Fort McCoy area.

The common comments among the people were that the Fort McCoy area had great people, with great Family values and a great work ethic, he said.

Since his arrival at Fort McCoy in July, Hamilton said he has met several people at the installation who said they originally had planned to come to the installation to work on a temporary basis, but never left. Hamilton said coming to Fort McCoy will help him grow in his career and be a good place for his Family, who enjoy outdoor activities, to live, attend school, grow and thrive.

Under his leadership, he said DPW will continue to be a customer-focused organization. Hamilton said he plans to pull people together to analyze issues and come up with options and move forward with a common front.

Among his priorities is to meet with many different organizations and people to tell Fort McCoy's story and seek funding for new facilities, whenever possible.

"In the meantime, our budgeting strategy will be to make the facilities the best we can until we can replace them with new construction," Hamilton said. "I'm glad to be here, support the mission and be a Total Force Training Center. Certainly, I'll do all I can to help to provide world-class DPW support to the garrison and our customers."