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New DCA director begins McCoy tour

      The new director of Community Activities (DCA) at Fort McCoy is enjoying his second tour at the installation because of the corporate leadership, work force ethic and new and upgraded Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) facilities. 

Photo of Michael Lupacchino, Director of DCA.

Lupacchino

   Michael Lupacchino previously served at Fort McCoy from 1992 to 1996 as the chief of the installation's Community Recreation Division.

      He worked for DCA organizations or equivalents at Bayonne, N.J. (96-98), Millington, Tenn. (98-99) and Vicenza, Italy (99-02) before returning to McCoy in March 2002.

      Lupacchino became the DCA director when the installation divided the Directorate of Human Resources and Community Services (DHC) into the DCA and the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center in July.

      "Fort McCoy is moving ahead quickly with the Army Performance Improvement Criteria," Lupacchino said. "The Executive Steering Committee and Strategic Business Planning have grown by leaps and bounds. There's definitely a corporate philosophy and a plan that shows (the installation leadership) knows where they are going and are quite well organized."


"Among my major goals is to invest heavily in facilities and programs. We are putting the money back to support the quality of life for soldiers and their families, civilians in the work force and personnel training here."

Michael Lupacchino,
Director of
 Community Activities

     Another reason for his return was he was coming back to a place he knew well and had good experiences with the work force. 

      "I'm impressed with the (U.S. Army) Forces Command and Department of the Army recognition of the MWR program," he said. "The people are part of a good organization and have a good work ethic."

      Upgraded facilities also have improved the MWR program offerings, Lupacchino said.

      McCoy's, a dining/entertainment area,  opened in April 1997 and has a courtyard addition currently under construction.  In addition, the MWR's outdoor recreation area facilities, Whitetail Ridge and Pine View, have been improved. A chalet addition at Whitetail Ridge allows for year-round use while the Pine View campgrounds has upgraded many of its camping sites with electricity and water/sewer services.

      "Among my major goals is to invest heavily in facilities and programs," Lupacchino said. "We are putting the money back to support the quality of life for soldiers and their families, civilians in the work force and personnel training here."

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