|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.
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 at Sydney's. (Photo by Sgt. Charles Ross)
Keivel also received a plaque from the NCOA honoring him as Fort McCoy NCO of the
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.