Fort McCoy News September 12, 2014

About Post: Photos from around the installation

Photo of rail cars

All aboard!

Soldiers strap down tactical vehicles to rail cars at the rail yard in the Fort McCoy cantonment area.

Hundreds of tactical vehicles and equipment were brought in by rail to Fort McCoy for the Exportable Combat Training Capability exercise and unit annual training in August.

Photo by Scott T. Sturkol

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Retiree Appreciation Day

A military retiree asks a question during a briefing in building 905 for the annual Fort McCoy Retiree Appreciation Day Sept. 5. Hundreds of military retirees and their Family members attended the full-day event that included briefings as well as a benefits fair.

Photo by Scott T. Sturkol

Photo of Punt, Pass, Kick

Airing it out!

A youth throws a pass during the School Age Center/Youth Center's (SAC/YC) Punt, Pass and Kick competition in August. This was the second year the SAC/YC held the event. More than a dozen youth participated, and age group winners will participate in the sectional competition in Eau Claire, Wis., in October.

Photo by Dustin Lakowske

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Decon training

Spc. Everett McAboy, from Biloxi, Miss., uses a high-pressure washer to simulate decontamination of a High-Mobility, Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle. McAboy, from the 318th Chemical Company of Birmingham, Ala., was a participant in the Red Dragon 2014 exercise at Fort McCoy in August. The exercise tests Soldiers in their ability to protect other Soldiers against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents and weapons of mass destruction.

Photo by Sgt. Ronald A. Reeves

Photo of RSO open house

RSO Open House, new chaplain

Support Assistant Eve Bean, Chaplain Assistant Staff Sgt. Tonielle Langford, Chaplain (Maj.) Russell Bacon, and Garrison Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Ike Eweama set up the Chapel Center in building 2675 for the Religious Support Office (RSO) Open House in August. Dozens of people visited during the two-and-a-half-hour open house where they not only enjoyed food but also met with RSO staff.

Eweama also was welcomed as the new garrison chaplain in August. He is a 16-year Army veteran and arrived at Fort McCoy following an assignment as officer in charge for the Medical Recruiting Brigade in Atlanta, Ga. The chaplain has a doctorate degree in intercultural studies from Western Seminary of Portland, Ore., and a master's degree in education from Northwestern State University, La. He has numerous medals and ribbons and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Chapel Center is open Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Books and music CDs are available for use and may be signed out by members of the Fort McCoy community. For more details, call 608-388-3528.

Photo by Scott T. Sturkol