Fort McCoy News February 28, 2014

Garrison briefing: Bedrock of McCoy is people

Public Affairs Staff

The people who work at Fort McCoy are the bedrock of the post's past and future successes. That was the underlying theme Feb. 19 during two sessions of the Garrison Commander's Workforce Briefing in building 905.

"All the success we have doesn't happen by accident — it takes great people," said Garrison Commander Col. Steven W. Nott during the briefing. "We have great people."

Nott addressed the status of the installation, the post's motto and mission, why the post is here and what it means to work here. He also reviewed accomplishments and lessons learned from 2013, discussed professionalism and provided a look into the future of Fort McCoy.

Photo for briefing article
Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Steven W. Nott presents his annual
briefing to the garrison workforce. Two sessions were held Feb. 19 in building
Photo by Geneve N. Mankel



Fort McCoy's mission statement has not changed from 2013, Nott said.

The core of Fort McCoy's mission statement is to "support the training and readiness of military personnel and units of all branches and components of America's armed forces." To do this, the post serves as the exclusive provider of facilities, infrastructure, and the full range of installation base operations support and services to stationed and transient training units, installation tenants, and area support customers.

The post mission also provides "standardized, effective, and efficient services, facilities, infrastructure, and quality of life programs to Soldiers, Families, and civilian employees in accordance with the Army Family and Community Covenants." Additionally, Fort McCoy serves as a secondary mobilization force generation installation, supports contingency operations as ordered, provides defense support of civil authorities as directed, and accomplishes assigned missions in a sustainable fashion exercising effective stewardship of the natural environment.

"All the areas (of the mission statement) outline what this installation must do to be successful," Nott said.


A profession

For the first time in his workforce briefing, Nott emphasized that working at Fort McCoy is more than a job — it's a profession and a call to service for its military and civilian personnel. He said people here are part of a defined group with specific skills and a unique moral code, and, as such, having a self-policing policy is important.

Using examples from the Soldier's Creed, Civilian Corps Creed and "trust as a foundation," Nott emphasized everyone continually should strive to be better at what they do.

"We are all professionals by the nature of why we were called to do what we do here," Nott said.

Additionally, Nott reflected on decisions leadership had to make in 2013, such as dealing with sequestration and budget cuts as well as the government shutdown in October.

"Events in 2013 caused us to make some tough decisions," Nott said. "I hope we are building trust within you and hope you know we made the best decisions possible based on the circumstances we had."


2013 reflections

Since fiscal year (FY) 2008, Nott said Fort McCoy has supported the training of 616,098 service members from all branches of service, which is a credit to all who work here. In FY 2013, the post supported training of 125,136 service members.

"Despite the challenges we faced in 2013, the people of Fort McCoy had a successful past year in supporting training," Nott said.
Other accomplishments included executing $24.9 million in funding for facilities renovation and construction, a $1 million renovation of the Rumpel Fitness Center swimming pool, the makeover of the Community Activity Center and the start of construction of four of nine buildings for the Mission Command Training Center.

He also highlighted a December effort by the Directorate of Emergency Services Police and Fire Departments, an event called "Operation Santa."

"That helped build relationships between our emergency services personnel and the people in housing," Nott said. "It was an event that let people know the police, fire and emergency people are our friends and are here for us. That type of interaction pays huge dividends for both sides."

Awards from the past year were also highlighted.

These included Fort McCoy earning the Army Safety Excellence Award Streamer for a second consecutive year (see related photo); the post being recognized with its 24th and 25th Tree City USA awards by the Arbor Day Foundation; Fort McCoy DES Police Chief Robert Stapel III being presented with the Installation Management Command's (IMCOM) Stalwart Award (see related story), and Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) Coordinator Jan Fink being recognized as one of three finalists for the 2013 Region Stalwart Award, a distinction earned during a period of immense challenges within the CYSS community throughout IMCOM.

"This high level of excellence has existed for many years," Nott said. "The people here, again, are why we are so successful."

On local economic impact, Nott said Fort McCoy still is the largest employer in Monroe County, and, in FY 2013, had a total estimated economic impact of more the $900 million. (See related story)


The way ahead

The people who work at Fort McCoy are the basis of success, and those people have built a strategic business plan to ensure that success can continue to be achieved into the future.

"Strategic planning here is important to how we do business," Nott said.

"The feedback loop here is always going, and anticipating the needs and requirements we will have down the road keeps us ready for the next challenge."

Fort McCoy's Strategic Business Plan identifies three Organization Core competencies that form the basis for future planning efforts.

These competencies are Fort McCoy's:

• Understanding of reserve-component forces and the ability to support their requirements during peacetime and war;

• Ability to continuously examine the organization's capabilities to improve the quality of base operations support; and

• Understanding Army systems and how the Army operates, and the ability to use this knowledge to garner the resources necessary to execute the mission.

"Our strategic planning is among the best in the nation," Nott said. "But we are not perfect — there is always room for improvement."

Nott said everyone must continue to work hard at "narrowing the gap" between current operational capabilities and customer expectations.

Success must continue, Nott said, as the post postures for the future for training utilization, training capacity, cantonment plans, military construction and a manpower survey.

The post has supported the training of more than 19,000 service members so far in 2014 — a number Nott said is ahead of 2013.

As many as 140,000 service members are projected to train at Fort McCoy in FY 2014, possibly 150,000 or more in FY 2015.
Plans continue for a 10,000-bed-space capacity for troops in the cantonment area.

That bed space could grow to a brigade-size operation through using existing forward operating and tactical training bases outside the cantonment area.

Plans also look toward construction of Fort McCoy's Operational Readiness Training Complex and development at the Mission Command Training Center.

Nott said the post also can accommodate all aspects of Unified Land Operations; can provide a Live, Virtual and Constructive Integrated Training Environment; and can build involvement between joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational organizations.

In the end, continuing to build on Fort McCoy's success depends upon the experienced workforce and their "great work ethic," Nott said.

"The people here will make it happen because they are the best," Nott said.