Fort McCoy News Feb. 26, 2016

Nott: 'Time at McCoy an honor, pleasure'

Fort McCoy Staff and Tenants,

The past four years have gone by too quickly. It seems only a short time ago that I assumed the duties of the best job in the Army — garrison commander of U.S. Army Garrison Fort McCoy. I cannot adequately express what an honor and a pleasure it has been for my entire Family to share in the Fort McCoy mission and history and to work with those who call Fort McCoy and our neighboring communities home.

Together we have contributed to the continued evolution of a great installation. Our training capabilities have changed to stay ahead of the Army's needs, and our training population has set a new record that we expect to be a future norm.

Our housing area has expanded in capacity and improved the opportunities for residents. We have increased our brand recognition and are viewed as an integral member among the communities of western Wisconsin.

We have had our challenges, too. We navigated a painful sequestration and a government shutdown that caused real hardship to our employees. Our physical-security requirements have been ever changing, and we have met or exceeded every new Army standard.

Due to our marketing success, summer parking can sometimes be an adventure at certain locations on post; we are developing a long-term solution. I thank you for your immense patience.

Fort McCoy is a special location. Senior elected and military officials are increasingly aware that we are a premier training and maneuver installation within the Department of Defense. This understanding is due to your enthusiasm and willingness to engage at every opportunity. We have done a terrific job, and I ask all of you to carry the Fort McCoy message relentlessly.

Charlotte, our kids, and I could not ask for a better assignment to culminate a 31-plus-year career. There is simply nowhere else the Army could send us that could match the responsibility of the position, the impact of our mission, and the professional and kind people who compose the workforce.

Recently, I have been asked if I will "miss it." I always provide the same two-part answer. Although the Army will forever be at the center of who we are, Charlotte and I are ready to move on to our next chapter in life. But we will miss Fort McCoy to our very core. We love all of you and will keep you and those you serve in our prayers always.

Thank you, and God Bless,

Colonel, IN