Fort McCoy News Jan. 26, 2018

Installation named finalist for 2018 ACOE competition

STORY & PHOTO BY SCOTT T. STURKOL
Public Affairs Staff

A year after Fort McCoy earned a Bronze Award in the Army Communities of Excellence (ACOE) competition, the installation has been named a finalist for the 2018 competition.

On Jan. 11, Installation Management Command announced this year's ACOE finalists and U.S. Army Garrison Fort McCoy is among them," said Plans, Analysis and Integration Office Chief Ken Musselwhite. "Other finalists include garrisons from Deagu (South Korea), Fort Wainwright (Alaska), Fort Knox (Ky.), and Fort Stewart (Ga.). The Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management will make the final decision after a thorough review of each installation."

The ACOE Program is an annual competition that uses the Baldrige Excellence Framework to evaluate Army installations, Musselwhite said. That framework is based on seven criteria: leadership, strategic planning, customers, knowledge management, workforce, operations, and results. 

Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. David J. Pinter Sr. (left) unveils the Army Communities of Excellence flag for the Bronze Award earned by the post during a special ceremony June 14, 2017, at McCoy’s Community Center.
Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. David J. Pinter Sr. (left) unveils
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the post during a special ceremony June 14, 2017, at McCoy's Community
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ACOE is sponsored by the chief of staff of the Army and overseen by the Army's assistant chief of staff for installation management, according to program guidance. An ACOE Award honors top Army, National Guard, and Reserve installations that have achieved high levels of excellence in building quality environments, outstanding facilities, and superior services.

The award in 2017 was the first time the installation was recognized in the active Army category, which is the same category the installation is competing in this year.

"Becoming a finalist, and especially last year's award, is a great reflection upon the Fort McCoy team," Musselwhite said. "Fort McCoy's competitive strength is its workforce, which is always willing to go the extra mile for the customer."

After receiving the 2017 ACOE Bronze Award, Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. David J. Pinter Sr. said the installation reflects ACOE program ideas that build on organizational knowledge and encourage a change in perspective from what is minimally essential to what is optimally possible to support Soldiers, Families, and Army civilians who live, work, train, and excel on Army installations.

"As a 2017 ACOE award recipient, Fort McCoy's strength and pursuit of excellence is in its valued-based professionals and a well-developed Installation Management System," Pinter said. "Fort McCoy has long exercised a disciplined approach to effective, efficient five-year strategic business planning, coordination, and simultaneous execution through a collaborative effort amongst the workforce, tenants, customers, and extended community.

The five-year strategic business planning is a guide to preserve gains, maintain relevancy, and support mission readiness now and into the future.

"Our dedication, drive, and determination are ingrained in the Team McCoy culture to incorporate feedback into process improvements," Pinter said. "We make ourselves better each year, resulting in Fort McCoy being best in class. Receiving the ACOE Award is a validation and provides tangible evidence we are continuing to improve while focusing on being the best provider to meet our customer's needs."

Winners of this year's competition will be announced in early March, Musselwhite said.