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The Fort McCoy Color Guard posts the flags at the beginning of the Enlisted Dining Out.
The Fort McCoy Color Guard posts the flags at the beginning of the Enlisted Dining Out. Color Guard members left to right are Sgt. 1st Class Richard Rosko, Spc. Benjamin Honto, Sgt. 1st Class Dwayne Glory, Sgt. 1st Class James Lambert, Sgt. 1st Class James Howell, and Master Sgt. Michael Carlin. (Photo by Sgt. Charles Ross)
The presence of the incoming and outgoing Command Sergeants Major of the U.S. Army Reserve made the Fort McCoy Enlisted Dining Out Nov. 20 at Sydney's in Sparta a unique experience for the 85 participants.

Incoming Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Reserve Command Sgt. Maj. Alex R. Lackey and outgoing Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Reserve Command Sgt. Maj. John (Jack) Rucynski were the special guests. The Fort McCoy Noncommissioned Officers Association (NCOA), Chapter 1586, sponsored the event.

Members of the head table prepare for a toast.
Members of the head table prepare for a toast. From left to right are Master Sgt. Steven VanDyke; Cheryl Rodenberg, who attended with Sgt. Steven Keivel; Retired Command Sgt. Maj. John (Jack) Rucynski; Fort McCoy Command Sgt. Maj. Michael LaRue; Command Sgt. Maj. Alex R. Lackey; Kathy Rucynski; Karen VanDyke; and Sgt. Steven Keivel. (Photo by Sgt. Charles Ross)

 

Lackey spoke about the new structure of the Army and the use of heavy (armor) and light (infantry) units, according to Master Sgt. M. Kevin Dubois. Dubois, of the Directorate of Training and Mobilization, served as the adjutant, or master of ceremonies, for the event.

Lackey also spoke about the challenges facing the U.S. Army Reserve from the retention and recruiting standpoints, as well as recruiting incentives.

The evening began with the Color Guard doing a superior job, said Master Sgt. Melissa Johnston of the Army Reserve Readiness Training Center (ARRTC). The members of the Color Guard were Master Sgt. Michael Carlin, Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, NCO Academy; Sgt. 1st Class Dwayne Glory, NCO Academy; Sgt. 1st Class James Lambert, NCO Academy; Sgt. 1st Class James Howell, ARRTC; Sgt. 1st Class Richard Rosko, ARRTC; and Spc. Benjamin Honto, 788th Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal).

"It was a great, wonderful activity," Johnston said. "It was an honor to see the two command sergeants major there."

Sgt. Steven Keivel, ARRTC, Fort McCoy's NCO of the Year, said it was an honor to sit at the head table. "Not many people get to meet and know two Command Sergeants Major of the Army Reserve on a one-on-one basis."

Eighty-five guests at the Enlisted Dining Out enjoy a sit-down dinner.
Eighty-five guests at the Enlisted Dining Out enjoy a sit-down dinner at Sydney's. (Photo by Sgt. Charles Ross)

Keivel also received a plaque from the NCOA honoring him as Fort McCoy NCO of the Year.

Master Sgt. George Caves, also from ARRTC, said it was a pleasure to meet again with Lackey. Lackey attended the Active Guard/Reserve Entry Training course at ARRTC this summer before assuming his present duties.

Caves said he was moved by the POW/MIA table dedicated to missing soldiers. "The table puts you into deep thought."

Sgt. 1st Class Choice Altier of ARRTC said she enjoyed the tradition of the evening as well as the informal atmosphere the participants created. The event also gave her a chance to socialize with the people in attendance.

Sgt. Karen Piette of the NCO Academy and Sharon Hemmersbach of the Directorate of Human Resources and Community Services both attended their first dining out.

Piette said she was impressed that Lackey and Rucynski went around to each table to meet and talk with everyone who attended.

Hemmersbach said the Color Guard did an excellent job setting the mood for the evening.

A number of door prizes were presented. Dubois said Cleo Losinski of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service was helpful in arranging many of the door prizes and ensuring the event went well. The activities also included a number of toasts, the Army song, as well as entertainment after the dinner and program.

The next Dining Out tentatively has been set for McCoy's, building 1571. The NCO Association was responsible for organizing the event. The Dining Out Committee included 1st Sgt. Wayne Wahl, Master Sgt. Steven VanDyke, Sgt. 1st Class Carolyn Brothers, and Staff Sgt. Angela Hastings.

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