DVIDS – News – Fort McCoy 2022 Yr in Evaluation: Second half of yr introduced new garrison commander, elevated coaching, troop tasks, extra development (October to December)

Whereas the primary half of 2022 was busy at Fort McCoy, the second half was even busier. The second half of the yr began with the garrison gaining a brand new commander and coaching on the set up was peaking.

The set up was additionally seeing a myriad of troop tasks being accomplished in July and August and at the same time as late as October. There was additionally new development beginning within the 1600 block. All the identical, the Fort McCoy group rose to the problem of every state of affairs, occasion, or motion and received the mission executed.


— 77,421 troops prepare at McCoy throughout fiscal yr 2022 — Due partly to supporting Operation Allies Welcome the place almost 13,000 Afghan company stayed on the set up, Fort McCoy supported the coaching of 77,421 troops on publish throughout fiscal yr (FY) 2022 — lower than the 116,053 troops who skilled at Fort McCoy in FY 2021.

Larry Sharp, chief of the Fort McCoy Directorate of Plans, Coaching, Mobilization and Safety (DPTMS) Coaching Coordination Department, mentioned the coaching numbers embody Army Reserve Troopers; Nationwide Guard service members; and active-duty troops from not simply the Army but in addition different providers, such because the Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Pressure.

Coaching statistics mirror many kinds of coaching alternatives that happen on the set up by active- and reserve-component forces and different governmental companies, based on DPTMS.

Throughout fiscal yr 2022, coaching included a number of Chilly-Climate Operations Course (CWOC) periods; battle-drill (weekend) coaching; annual coaching; mobilization; institutional coaching; and quite a few workout routines, together with a Warrior Train, Fight Help Coaching Train, International Medic, Spartan Warrior III army police train, and quite a few different coaching occasions.

In July 2022, lots of of Marines with 2nd Battalion, twenty fourth Marines (2/24) performed coaching at Fort McCoy on North Submit. The two/24 is an infantry battalion based mostly out of Chicago consisting of roughly 1,000 Marines and Sailors. The battalion falls beneath the twenty fourth Marine Regiment and the 4th Marine Division.

Medical Officer Navy Lt. Toby Keeney-Bonthrone with the two/24’s Headquarters and Service Firm coordinated a fight casualty care train with Navy Corpsmen assigned to the unit as a part of the coaching. The coaching was performed in scorching climate and in a single day in a wooded and hilly coaching space on North Submit. Keeney-Bonthrone mentioned Fort McCoy’s terrain offered an additional problem and added to the coaching expertise.

“It positively made it harder,” he mentioned. “There was the tough terrain and the steep elevation to get to the casualty after which these afternoon temperatures.”

Afternoon temperatures on July 22, 2022, hovered round 90 levels and humidity was additionally excessive. Keeney-Bonthrone mentioned they stored on … that’s till a significant thunderstorm halted all coaching on publish on July 23. General, although, he mentioned everybody did properly.

“You must prepare such as you battle,” Keeney-Bonthrone. “So, the extra realism, the higher the corpsmen are ready for fight. We received to continually reinforce ideas of tactical medical care beneath nerve-racking circumstances with a sensible model generously offered by the McCoy Medical Simulation Coaching Heart.”

DPTMS personnel doc the coaching statistics every month of the fiscal yr, Sharp mentioned. This includes combining numbers of your complete transient coaching inhabitants, which encompasses reserve- and active-component army forces in addition to different coaching companies, equivalent to law-enforcement companies or the Wisconsin Problem Academy.

— Fort McCoy’s food-service group finishes distinctive yr of help — Workers supporting the Fort McCoy Logistics Readiness Heart (LRC) Meals Program Administration Workplace and LRC Provide Subsistence Administration Workplace in addition to different companions had a busy fiscal yr (FY) 2022.

Whether or not it was supporting coaching operations all through the fiscal yr or supporting one of many largest food-service help missions ever at Fort McCoy throughout Operation Allies Welcome (OAW), the members of that food-service group had an distinctive yr, mentioned Fort McCoy Meals

Program Supervisor Andy Pisney.

OAW accomplished on Feb. 15, 2022, after six months of operations. Pisney mentioned when OAW started that they had been going to expertise an operation like they’ve by no means seen earlier than by way of meals help.

“Immediately we knew we’d have a monumental problem earlier than us,” Pisney mentioned in February 2022. “Over time with the mission, we had our ups and downs however everybody labored very onerous to offer meals help to the almost 13,000 Afghans and nearly 2,000 further individuals on publish supporting Process Pressure McCoy.”

The set up’s food-service group not solely consists of the Meals Program Administration Workplace and the Subsistence Provide Administration Workplace. It additionally consists of the complete food-service contractors; and meals suppliers, equivalent to Sysco Meals of Baraboo, Wis.

Throughout OAW, Pisney mentioned 31 of 34 Fort McCoy eating amenities had been in use to help the operation for both feeding Afghans or Process Pressure personnel or had been getting used as Wi-Fi facilities, school rooms, and extra.

“That not solely included all of our newer, lately constructed eating amenities but in addition our World Warfare II-era amenities which can be situated within the blocks all through the cantonment space,” he mentioned.

Additionally, general, Pisney mentioned the Meals Program Administration Workplace and Subsistence Provide Administration Workplace ordered, obtained, issued, and receipted roughly $19.3 million in subsistence for the amenities feeding Afghan evacuees or serving as “grab-and-go” amenities.

“Our group additionally ordered and receipted 2,171,448 cans or bottles of water for the company, and we sourced and cataloged 120 new subsistence objects for company together with Sysco Baraboo, LLC, and the Protection Logistics Company-Troop Help,” Pisney mentioned. “Objects included Halal Licensed Proteins and culturally acceptable meals.”

Then after OAW ended and coaching operations elevated going into the spring and summer season, Pisney mentioned his group stepped up and continued to do nice work.

For feeding help of personnel from in-garrison and remote-site meals fed, for a Warrior Train there have been 6,426 meals served. For a Fight Help Coaching Train there have been 17,396 meals served. And for train Metal Dragon, there have been 4,305 meals served, Pisney mentioned citing statistics between June and August for feeding help by his group.

On the Subsistence Provide Administration Workplace, in help of coaching between June and August, the workplace delivered 13,302 instances of Meals, Prepared-to-Eat; 49,338 meals by way of meal kits; 2,775 Unitized Group Rations; and 9,634 baggage of ice.

“Meal kits are only a full meal that requires no food-service preparation,” Pisney mentioned. “The Unitized Group Rations require food-service functionality — a food-service specialist — to arrange. These rations are configured in 50-person modules and include meat, starch, greens, condiments, and drinks.”

Pisney mentioned he’s happy with his group and of all they achieved throughout FY 2022.

“We’ve got many unsung heroes, particularly if you end up speaking about this group,” Pisney mentioned. “Meals service is a coaching enabler, and we don’t ever need it to be a distractor. The mission all the time comes first, and if we will help the mission with out distracting from it — that’s good. I admire every little thing this group does. We’re right here to help. It’s our mission, and we all the time attempt to do the perfect we will.”

— The Burma Highway development undertaking on North Submit at Fort McCoy started in spring 2022 and has continued at a gentle tempo. The undertaking is now 80 % full. Contract completion date is anticipated for March 2023 however might be accomplished sooner, mentioned Nathan Butts with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Resident Workplace at Fort McCoy which is overseeing the undertaking.

“The contractor has mobilized gear and is resuming work the week of October 3,” Butts mentioned in a weekly replace over e mail Sept. 30. “(The) Omaha District Designers/Engineers accepted the contractors plan to right all erosion areas and proceed development on the highway. Contractor to proceed to right erosion management measures.”

Burma Highway is a spread highway on North Submit that takes vacationers to a number of vary areas all alongside the affect space. It additionally is a well-liked convoy coaching space throughout heavy coaching occasions on the set up in the summertime months.

Butts mentioned in updates for the reason that undertaking began that numerous work has been executed to enhance the highway itself in addition to ditches and erosion-control measures alongside the various steep hills alongside the highway. Some latest updates to the undertaking, Butts mentioned, embody a communications line modification, a modification alongside the property line, and one other modification so as to add concrete culverts.

Within the spring in March, the unique contract quantity for the undertaking was $4,064,200. A few of the first work was eradicating bushes alongside the highway.

— Fort McCoy Directorate of Human Sources (DHR) held a Operation Excellence workforce improvement course in chief and expertise administration Oct. 4 in constructing 2113 at Fort McCoy.

Roughly 30 Fort McCoy workforce members took half within the course that was performed by Workforce Improvement Officer Michael Modawell and Workforce Improvement Specialist Jamie Gular — each with Fort McCoy DHR.

“Operation Excellence is a part of the overarching Army Set up Administration Command (IMCOM) Service Tradition Marketing campaign,” Modawell mentioned. “The Service Tradition Marketing campaign is a sustained readiness plan launched by IMCOM in 2017 to develop a extremely efficient IMCOM Workforce able to supporting set up senior commanders and Army readiness necessities.”

For this chief and expertise administration session of Operation Excellence, members labored collectively, exchanged concepts, and extra, Gular mentioned.

“Operation Excellence assists organizations in creating a service-focused tradition the place all clients — each ‘exterior’ (these we help) and ‘inner’ (those that we work with) are handled with politeness, dignity, and respect,” Gular mentioned. “The ideas taught in Operation Excellence equally apply to each audiences. In the beginning of the coaching, many may need felt it was simply one other obligatory coaching. I consider this class stunned lots of people. The suggestions was constructive and centered totally on the small group break-out periods. These periods gave members the possibility to interact with others from completely different organizations, share experiences, hear how they deal with conditions, and collaborate on methods we will enhance, each inside their group and Fort McCoy.”

— An ongoing troop undertaking on the Fort McCoy Central Receiving Transport Level (CRSP) parking zone obtained extra work Oct. 14, 2022, at almost a dozen Troopers with Alpha Firm of Wisconsin Nationwide Guard’s 173rd Engineer Firm labored on the undertaking.

The 173rd Troopers serve out of Rhinelander and Tomahawk, Wis. The corporate is comprised of 1 horizontal engineer platoon and two fight engineer platoons, mentioned 2nd Lt. Frank Mueller, 1st Platoon chief for the 173rd.

“The Troopers with the first Platoon hauled, unfold, and compacted 1,077 tons of latest gravel to resurface the CRSP yard after a unique troop undertaking of putting in new concrete mild pillars had been put in,” Mueller mentioned.

Spc. Nicholas Coetcher with the first Platoon mentioned he appreciated supporting the troop undertaking.

“It’s real-life tasks like this that matter,” Coetcher mentioned. “Troop tasks put your Army coaching to make use of and assist in the true world.”

Fort McCoy Troop Tasks Coordinator Larry Morrow with the Directorate of Public Works mentioned he was glad the unit may help with the undertaking.

“They got here in and put down and compacted numerous gravel,” Morrow mentioned. “They did an awesome job, they usually did much more than I requested them to do. I admire all of the work they achieved within the quick time they had been right here.”

173rd’s Alpha Firm Commander 1st Lt. Brandon Lehman mentioned the coaching time was good for the unit. “It was an incredible drill that allowed us to train our abilities conducting real-world, impactful coaching,” Lehman mentioned.

— As a part of a bi-annual effort, Fort McCoy’s Directorate of Human Sources (DHR) data supervisor who oversees data administration for the set up held a paper data shredding and recycling occasion Oct. 19 to get rid of outdated paperwork on publish.

“The data supervisor for Fort McCoy is answerable for the destruction of paperwork which have met their disposition which can be in data holding,” mentioned Administrative Companies Division Chief Trudy Ward with DHR, who can also be the set up data supervisor. “The destruction (shredding) of paperwork happens twice a yr — as soon as in spring and as soon as in fall.”

In the course of the Oct. 19 shredding occasion, contractor Confidential Data spent the morning on publish serving to shred and recycle roughly 45,000 to 60,000 kilos of paper through the course of. Ward, Michelle Bourman, and Allen Adam with DHS coordinated the occasion.

— Troopers with the 173rd Engineer Firm of the Wisconsin Nationwide Guard held weekend coaching at Fort McCoy on Oct. 14-15, and it included live-fire coaching in city breaching operations.

“Second and third Platoons of Alpha Firm of the 173rd performed city breaching operations on the Life Fireplace Breach Facility and heavy demolition at Vary 402 and 17A (at Fort McCoy),” mentioned 2nd Lt. Frank Mueller, 1st Platoon chief with Alpha Firm of the 173rd.

In keeping with Army doctrine, breaching operations are performed to permit maneuver regardless of the presence of obstacles. Impediment breaching is the employment of a mix of techniques and methods to advance an attacking pressure to the far facet of an impediment that’s coated by hearth. In keeping with Mueller, 173rd Troopers used munitions like a crater cost to apply breaching operations.

— To organize for an upcoming deployment to the U.S. Central Command space of duty, Army Reserve engineers with the 461st Engineer Firm are enhancing the coaching amenities at Fort McCoy by work on plenty of troop tasks, states a narrative by Zachary Mott with the 88th Readiness Division.

“We’re doing MOS (army occupational specialty) coaching, development coaching, which incorporates 12-Whiskey work and primarily 12-Kilo work, which is electrical and carpentry work,” mentioned Employees Sgt. Nathanael Saye, job supervisor, 461st Engineer Firm, 367th Engineer Battalion, 372nd Engineer Brigade, 416th Theater Engineer Command.

That work consists of three coaching buildings on Logistical Help Space Liberty on North Submit on the set up.

“One of many buildings we’re doing primarily end work to incorporate trimming out home windows, doorways, re-hanging doorways, plumbing doorways and door {hardware},” Saye mentioned. “The second constructing is especially electrical work, doing it from begin from to complete in addition to doing the remainder of the inside framing. We’re beginning the ground system on the third constructing on the outside. They’re engaged on setting the ground posts, getting that each one leveled up after which on the point of run flooring joists.”

With three buildings in varied states of undertaking completion, Troopers have a possibility to work on abilities outdoors of their typical MOS-related duties.

“We’re mainly getting in the place we slot in,” mentioned Pfc. Winston Klein, an electrician with the 461st Engineer Firm. “In the event that they need assistance doing framing, that is what I do on the civilian facet, so I’ve numerous data of getting this all squared away.”

— Greater than 150 army members, their households, veterans, and others attended the 2022 Child’s Pumpkin Fest and Fireplace Security Occasion that was held Oct. 15 on the South Submit’s Group Heart at Fort McCoy.

This was the third youngsters’s resiliency occasion organized by a multiple-directorate group effort to create actions the place members expertise all 5 dimensions of wellness — emotional, religious, bodily, social, and mental.

A spotlight of the day was the MedFlight helicopter touchdown on South Submit to intensify Fort McCoy’s Directorate of Emergency Companies’ group partnership and the presumably compounded expertise of the set up’s hearth division. Occasion members watched Garrison Commander Col. Stephen Messenger exit the helicopter and be a part of the households on the stations.

MedFlight workers greeted youngsters who needed a first-hand take a look at the helicopter and allowed them to sit down inside. Curt Ladwig with the DES Fireplace Division lead the directorate planning group with hearth security because the central theme to wrap-up Nationwide Fireplace Prevention Security Week.

The entire attendees participated within the varied stations together with assembly Brutus, the Emotional Help Pig (from the Fort McCoy Army Group Service workplace); having their hearth extinguisher inspected (Fort McCoy Fireplace Division); drawing dwelling hearth escape plans (additionally Fort McCoy Fireplace Division); and including a “grateful word” to the Grateful Timber symbolizing the house hearth escape plan’s designated outdoors assembly place (Fort McCoy Non secular Help Workplace).

Youngsters of all ages additionally loved adorning pumpkins with help of Fort McCoy Baby and Youth Companies and Army Group Service, selecting out a favorite-colored hearth hat with the Fort McCoy Fireplace Division, and displaying their culinary abilities whereas saying “Boo” to medicine with help from the Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program Workplace.

— Fort McCoy helps World Warfare II Army vet have fun 102nd birthday — When retired Army Lt. Col. Harry Baker of Pewaukee, Wis., turned 102 years outdated on Oct. 9, 2022, he did so with the properly needs of many individuals serving at Fort McCoy.

“Coey Podraza, daughter of Lt. Col. Baker, reached out to me in September,” mentioned Public Affairs Specialist Kaleen Holliday with the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Workplace. “She shared that her father was turning 102 on Oct. 9 and was a World Warfare II veteran who had been at Camp McCoy in 1943-44.

“Our workplace reached out to Fort McCoy Garrison organizations and tenant models to see if they’d assist in wishing Lt. Col. Baker a contented 102nd birthday … they usually did,” Holliday mentioned. “Movies had been collected and compiled by Greg Mason on the Fort McCoy Multimedia-Visible Info Workplace and made into an awesome birthday video for him.”

Additionally, as a part of the video, Holliday offered a video tour of the Fort McCoy Commemorative Space, together with the Fort McCoy Historical past Heart and World Warfare II-era buildings on the Commemorative Space.

“Virtually 14 minutes of birthday needs, and Fort McCoy tour had been shared with Mr. Baker for his birthday,” Holliday mentioned. Locations just like the Fort McCoy Noncommissioned Officer Academy, the Fort McCoy Directorate of Public Works, attendees to a garrison administrative assembly, and extra offered birthday greetings.

Baker’s daughter Coey mentioned the video was a giant hit and really a lot appreciated.

“My dad is simply so proud of this video,” Podrazza mentioned. “He mentioned, ‘These are Troopers at the moment serving sending me birthday greetings!’ Wow, wow, wow … thanks a lot. I didn’t assume I may beat 100 and 101, however this video does it. Your respect and caring for my dad are unimaginable.”

— Entrepreneur and enterprise chief Don Weber served because the visitor speaker through the 2022 Fort McCoy observance Oct. 20, 2022, for Incapacity Employment Consciousness Month at McCoy’s Group Heart.

Dozens of individuals attended the occasion that featured Weber, who’s the CEO and founding father of Weber Well being Logistics and the founder Logistics Well being Included (LHI — now Optum Serve Well being Companies) of La Crosse, Wis., recall recollections from his youth in addition to the significance of the contributions of individuals with disabilities have within the office.

“I don’t tour and converse lots,” Weber mentioned. “I don’t. … I’m a farm boy. And I went into the army as a Marine once I was 18, and it really had a lot to do with shaping my life and the place I’m in the present day. I’ve a lot respect for you. Women and men who serve — you’re lower than 1 % of our inhabitants. Take into consideration that.”

Weber additionally mentioned in his opening about his father and the way veterans battle by post-traumatic stress incapacity to proceed with their lives in employment and extra.

“You realize — the freedoms we take pleasure in daily — within the biggest nation on the earth, are due to … your sacrifices … you signed on that dotted line,” Weber mentioned. “However we don’t notice, in some instances, it’s a lifelong dedication. It’s all the time right here. Suicide charges amongst our veterans is 1.5 occasions larger than the final inhabitants.

“So, once I was requested to discuss disabilities, I received considering again about my father,” Weber mentioned. “Seventy-seven years in the past proper now (he) was in a focus camp. You’re down about 100 kilos, hunger, sleep deprivation, torture — all of the issues they went by. He believed he was going to die there. So he tries to flee. … He had the braveness to face his fears.

“As I’ve gone by life, I spotted among the best issues in life are positioned on the opposite facet of concern,” Weber mentioned. “You stroll in direction of your fears, not away from them. … He had a incapacity. … He lived with that incapacity.”

Weber additionally talked of a person with disabilities he received to know who now works for the corporate he based.

“It was about 10 years in the past, his title is Hunter Wagner,” Weber mentioned. “He had been blind since delivery, however he has this stunning voice. So again then once I had LHI, we hosted an enormous live performance yearly for veterans causes referred to as Freedom Fest. So, I requested Hunter if he’d be keen to open the occasion singing the nationwide anthem.

“And it was actually attention-grabbing,” Weber mentioned. “We received him up on the stage, and impulsively, it’s hush with over 1,000 individuals (within the viewers). We’ve had the likes of Chicago, Three Canine Evening, and John Fogerty, however there has by no means been a extra heartfelt efficiency, and I dare to say really by the point Hunter was executed singing the nationwide anthem, there wasn’t actually a dry eye in the home.”

— Throughout two city corridor periods for the Fort McCoy workforce Oct. 27 in constructing 60, Garrison Commander Col. Stephen Messenger reviewed his first 90 days as commander and mentioned outcomes of a local weather survey accomplished by garrison workers.

In a memorandum to the workforce main as much as the periods, and as mentioned through the periods, Messenger communicated his message straight.

“General, I assess the work ethic and professionalism of U.S. Army Garrison Fort McCoy as among the many perfect of organizations I’ve labored with in my profession,” Messenger mentioned. “We possess a proficient and various group of skilled leaders from throughout the Division of

Protection (DOD) who show the utmost teamwork and dedication to the mission. They spent the final 24 months extremely engaged within the COVID-19 international pandemic and expertly achieved the whole-of-government Operation Allies Welcome (OAW) mission.

“Concurrently, they’ve achieved distinctive outcomes on main inspections prior to now 90 days to incorporate the Increased Headquarters Evaluation, Organizational Inspection Program, and Environmental Well being Web site Go to,” Messenger said in his message. “The group’s skill to execute a number of missions, conduct garrison operations with a excessive stage of experience, develop and implement long-range motion plans, set up a superior multi-year price range, and collaborate with companions on the native, state, and federal ranges have clearly cemented a tradition of successful by cooperation. Nonetheless, the garrison has labored onerous, and OAW, COVID, and a few cultural challenges have taken a toll on the workforce.”

Messenger mentioned he’ll do all he can to proceed to assist the Fort McCoy group to do properly, and everybody ought to do the identical.

— Fort McCoy earns sixth security streamer — In the course of the Fort McCoy Garrison Commander’s City Corridor occasion Oct. 27, 2022, Set up Security Workplace (ISO) Supervisor Randy Eddy offered the Garrison Commander Col. Stephen Messenger with the set up’s sixth U.S. Army Excellence Security Streamer Award.

The award was despatched from Brenda Lee McCullough, Director of Set up Administration Command Directorate-Readiness. In a letter to the set up, McCullough described the award, and extra.

“It’s with nice pleasure to congratulate you and ahead the U.S. Army Excellence Streamer Award to (U.S. Army Garrison) Fort McCoy,” McCullough’s letter states. “This award acknowledges the extraordinary efforts and dedication to obligation of the garrison in making a constructive security tradition. “Your accomplishment of finishing over 12 months with out experiencing a Class A or B accident; completion of the Army Readiness Evaluation Program; and attaining 100% completion of threat administration coaching demonstrates security excellence,” the letter states.

“Your efforts to perform the mission with efficient security and threat administration packages are attributes of first-class organizations. A job properly executed in caring for Troopers, civilians, and households!”

— Personnel with Fort McCoy’s Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division Pure Sources Department (NRB) had been alerted Oct. 19 and Oct. 27, 2022, by a household of trappers permitted to lure at Fort McCoy, {that a} wolf was caught in a lure inside one of many coaching areas. Instantly, in each situations, workers responded to the place the wolf was situated.

“Each wolves had been caught by a household — Dan, Jacky, and Jaydan Willis,” mentioned Wildlife Biologist Kevin Luepke with the NRB who responded to the calls. “The wolf caught by the way on Oct. 19was a 3- to 5-year-old male, 87 kilos, and had a darker coloration to his coat.

This wolf was caught on the south finish of South Submit.

The wolf caught by the way on Oct. 27 was a 3- to 4-year-old male, 79 kilos, and had extra of a reddish coloration. This wolf was caught on the northern a part of North Submit.”

With each wolves, Luepke mentioned the Wisconsin Division of Pure Sources (WDNR) was contacted.

“We had been put in touch with U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA)-Wildlife Companies workers to coordinate collaring every wolf,” Luepke mentioned. “And in each incidents, Dewayne Snobl with USDA-Wildlife Companies was current to finish the collaring.”

Extra workers with USDA-Wildlife Companies had been readily available to assist with the wolf collaring and launch, Luepke mentioned. And Paul Napierala, WDNR-La Crosse/Monroe County wildlife biologist, was additionally current.

— Officers with Fort McCoy’s Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division Pure Sources Department (NRB) had been alerted Oct. 28, 2022, by a neighborhood trapper {that a} small bear was caught in a lure on North Submit at Fort McCoy, and inside a short while a group effort came about to get the bear safely launched.

Fort McCoy Wildlife Biologist Kevin Luepke with the NRB mentioned he obtained a name from native trapper Mike Borchers a few yearling bear caught in a lure. Luepke alerted his supervisor, NRB Chief Tim Wilder, who then took the lead on the response from there.

“The yearling bear had inadvertently gotten caught within the lure,” Wilder mentioned. “Usually bears are robust sufficient to drag out of a smaller lure like this however this was a smaller bear, and it was having some bother getting out.”

For help, Wilder contacted DeWayne Snobl with the U.S. Division of Agriculture-Wildlife Companies who’s an skilled in utilizing a tranquilizer to soundly full the discharge of the animal from the lure. Snobl, who helps the Wisconsin Division of Pure Sources (WDNR) for a majority of these emergency calls, responded shortly.

Additionally supporting the response to assist Snobl had been WDNR’s Scott Roepke and Christina Kizewski. And from Fort McCoy, along with Wilder, responding to help to assist launch the bear had been Conservation Officer Jesse Haney, Conservation Officer Chris Larson, and Police Officer Andrew Schwartz with the Directorate of Emergency Companies Police Division, and Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Stephen Messenger additionally witnessed the discharge.

Wilder mentioned he was happy with the short response and teamwork of everybody concerned to assist get the younger bear again on its means.

“The USDA and WDNR workers labored collectively to tranquilize and take away the bear from the lure,” Wilder mentioned. “Getting a bear in a lure is a slightly uncommon prevalence. … The bear was unhurt — apart from possible some bruising on the foot — and was launched on web site.”

— Twenty-six hunters participated in Fort McCoy’s 2022 gun-deer hunt for hunters with disabilities Oct. 8-9. It was the twenty first straight yr this hunt came about on publish. Each October, Wisconsin holds a nine-day gun deer hunt for individuals with disabilities. From 2002 by 2019, Fort McCoy participated by holding a two-day hunt the primary weekend of the statewide hunt. In 2020, Fort McCoy adjusted the season dates to the final weekend of the statewide

hunt which additionally overlaps the statewide youth gun-deer hunt. This has enabled Fort McCoy to supply alternatives for each teams of those certified hunters to take part over the identical two-day interval in October, mentioned Wildlife Program Supervisor and Biologist Kevin Luepke with the Fort McCoy Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division Pure Sources Department.

“A complete of 37 functions had been obtained for the hunt,” Luepke mentioned. “Out of the whole functions, 28 hunters bought their Fort McCoy Gun-Deer for Hunters with Disabilities allow. Nonetheless, solely 26 hunters got here out with 24 assistants.”

Fourteen deer had been harvested through the hunt for a 54 % success fee based mostly on check-ins, Luepke mentioned. “This is likely one of the highest success charges that we’ve had in fairly just a few years now,” he mentioned.

Along with the 26 hunters for the gun-deer hunt for hunters with disabilities, Fort McCoy additionally supported a youth gun-deer hunt for a 3rd consecutive yr Oct. 8-9. A complete of 43 functions had been obtained for the 2022 youth gun-deer hunt and 28 permits had been bought, mentioned Luepke.

“We had 23 hunters with 32 mentors come to the hunt,” Luepke mentioned. “Throughout this hunt, six deer had been harvested.


— Members of the Fort McCoy Logistics Readiness Heart (LRC) Transportation Division group and Troopers with the 411th Engineer Firm, an Army Reserve unit based mostly in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, labored collectively in early November to load 52 railcars with gear for deployment at Fort McCoy.

The railcars had been loaded with 128 items of kit the 411th is deploying ultimately to the U.S. Central Command space of duty, mentioned Dean. R. Muller, unit motion coordinator/site visitors administration specialist with Fort McCoy LRC.

“This rail motion included 5 LRC workers members supporting the 411th,” Muller mentioned.

“The 411th Troopers did full the Multimedia Rail Security Course previous to finishing their work on loading the railcars. Our workers members served as security help workers for the motion.”

The 411th is the most recent of many models over the past decade to carry rail actions at Fort McCoy. As a matter of truth, for the various deto transport cargo and gear to and from the set up by rail has all the time been there. And it’s a functionality that can proceed, mentioned LRC officers mentioned.

Throughout World Warfare II, for instance, the railroad at Fort McCoy was one of many principal types of transportation for bringing troops in for coaching and residential after the battle in addition to for shifting cargo and gear out and in of the set up.

— Twenty months after the development of a second transient coaching troops barracks began at Fort McCoy, the Army Corps of Engineers-managed undertaking is at 98 % completion.

In a Nov. 10, 2022, report, Ken Inexperienced with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers workplace at Fort McCoy mentioned the development of a second four-story barracks stays on schedule and inside checklists proceed.

The barracks, funded at $18.8 million in fiscal yr (FY) 2020, resembles one other barracks that was additionally constructed by present contractor L.S. Black Constructors that’s adjoining to this undertaking within the 1600 block at Fort McCoy’s cantonment space.

— A number of Fort McCoy group members traveled past the set up to help Veterans Day occasions and extra.

“We had the most individuals exit to help occasions in in all probability 4 or 5 years,” mentioned Public Affairs Specialist Kaleen Holliday with the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Workplace. “And we obtained superior suggestions from the communities they supported.”

Following are the actions that had been supported:

* On Nov. 11, Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Stephen Messenger supported the Veterans Day program at Sparta Excessive Faculty in Sparta, Wis.

* Additionally in Sparta, Fort McCoy Garrison Deputy Commander Lt. Col. Chad Maynard supported the Veterans Day occasion with the Sparta Veterans of International Wars publish.

* Additionally on Nov. 11, Command Sgt. Maj. Raquel DiDomenico, Fort McCoy Garrison command sergeant main, supported Veterans Day actions in Cashton, Wis.

* In Westby, Wis., Command Sgt. Maj. Latisha Turner, the command sergeant main for the 181st Multi-Useful Coaching Brigade, supported Veterans Day actions there.

* Maj. Michael Carkhuff with the 181st gave a presentation for Veterans Day at Melrose-Mindoro Excessive Faculty.

* Christopher Hanson with the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Workplace spoke at Meadowview Excessive Faculty in Sparta. Hanson can also be a Navy Reserve lieutenant.

* Maj. James Lavelle, firm commander for Headquarters and Headquarters Firm, U.S. Army Garrison Fort McCoy, supported Veterans Day actions at Bangor Excessive Faculty in Bangor Wis.

* Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Amy Noble supported the Tomah Veterans Affiliation dinner in Tomah, Wis., on Veterans Day. Noble is with the Fort McCoy Non secular Help Workplace and is the garrison chaplain.

— Building on a future transient coaching brigade headquarters within the 1600 block on the cantonment space started to actually choose up once more in November 2022 at Fort McCoy. As of Nov. 15, 2022, contractor L.S. Black Constructors was busy increase the inspiration of the brand new facility throughout the road from two of the most recent barracks on publish.

In a Nov. 10 replace by Ken Inexperienced with the Army Corps of Engineers Program Workplace at Fort McCoy, he mentioned that work is the contractor putting footings into place for the brand new constructing because the

undertaking strikes ahead.

— Army Reserve Troopers with the 801st Subject Hospital realized the nuances of offering care to adults, pregnant girls, youngsters, and infants once they attended the Fundamental Life Help class

Nov. 7 at Fort McCoy, Wis., states a narrative by Cheryl Phillips with the 88th Readiness Division.

The Troopers with the Fort Sheridan, Unwell., unit realized tips on how to be a part of a high-performance resuscitation group, whether or not serving because the lead or as a member. They practiced cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, utilizing timed compressions, and air flow. The compression methods various relying on the age of the affected person. For instance, two palms are used on an grownup, one hand for kids, and two fingers for infants. The compression depth for adults is 2 inches, whereas for kids and infants it’s one-third the depth of the chest.

Additionally they skilled on the secure and efficient use of an automatic exterior defibrillator, or AED. An AED is used to assist those that expertise sudden cardiac arrest. It analyzes the center’s rhythm and, if crucial, delivers {an electrical} shock, or defibrillation, to assist the center reestablish an efficient tempo.

— Members of the Wisconsin Dells Singers of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin carried out Nov. 17, 2022, through the 2022 Fort McCoy Native American Heritage Month Observance in McCoy’s Group Heart at Fort McCoy. The Singers carried out conventional Native music and dances of their regalia for dozens of Fort McCoy group members. November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it’s generally referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. The month is a time to have fun wealthy and various cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the vital contributions of Native individuals. The Fort McCoy Equal Alternative Workplace and the cultural assets coordinator with the Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division Pure Sources Department helped arrange and coordinate the occasion.

— Army veteran and comic Jody Fuller carried out at McCoy’s Group Heart on Nov. 7, 2022, at Fort McCoy. Fuller mirrored on his life to incorporate his Army profession, dwelling life, and extra — all whereas making everybody giggle. The present was free and open to all eligible patrons of Fort McCoy Directorate of Household and Morale, Welfare and Recreation amenities. In keeping with his internet web page, https://jodyfuller.com, Fuller is a comic book, speaker, author, and Soldier with three excursions of obligation in Iraq. He’s additionally a lifetime stutterer. “I spent somewhat over two months (at Fort McCoy) again in 2007 previous to mobilizing to Iraq after which per week or so on the opposite finish in 2008,” Fuller mentioned. Dozens of individuals attended the occasion that was organized by the Fort McCoy Army Group Service Workplace.

— Work on a brand new consolation station at Pine View Campground within the Pine View Recreation Space at Fort McCoy has continued into November primarily on inside work, Fort McCoy Directorate of Public Works (DPW) officers mentioned.

Work on the undertaking began in early spring 2022, mentioned DPW Building Inspection Department Chief Dan Hanson.

“The undertaking consists of establishing a brand new 1,500-square-foot consolation station much like the opposite lately accomplished facility at Pine View Campground, and it consists of males’s and girls’s restrooms and showers areas in addition to a fish cleansing station.”

The contractor for the undertaking is MDM Building, which is headquartered in Rockford, Unwell. The contract quantity to construct the station is $475,736.

DPW Normal Engineer Gareth Ferguson mentioned in early November 2022 the contractor was finishing ending work on the inside to incorporate tiling, wall finishes, putting in counter tops, and putting in sinks and bogs.

“I don’t have agency date on completion but as some parts of the HVAC system aren’t but delivered and presumably nonetheless on backorder,” Ferguson mentioned Nov. 9. Regardless, the station is near being accomplished and needs to be totally prepared by 2023.

— Police Officer Raymond A. Model II obtained the Division of the Army Civilian Service Commendation Medal for “distinctive service and efficiency” Nov. 29 from Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Stephen Messenger because of “heroic” efforts to rescue two individuals in a automobile accident in February 2022.

The ceremony was held on the Fort McCoy Directorate of Emergency Companies headquarters with each firefighters and cops in attendance in addition to Model’s spouse Jennifer, and Command Sgt. Maj. Raquel DiDomenico, Fort McCoy Garrison command sergeant main.

Model recalled his response on Feb. 27 to a automobile accident in Sparta, Wis., at roughly 10:40 a.m. that concerned a 67-year-old man and a 67-year-old girl — a husband and spouse — from a rural space simply outdoors of Sparta.

“I used to be with my household on my technique to church,” Model mentioned. “We had been heading out of city, and we had been popping out on (Freeway) 16 headed west. After which, as we’re nearly to the place it cuts from two lanes to 1, there was a automobile in my lane coming at me, and I believed to myself that I in all probability shouldn’t be right here. As he was coming working to the truck, and I bear in mind seeing flames popping out from beneath the truck. There was one other household who had stopped, too.

Model mentioned the person was within the driver seat.

“We had been in a position to get this man out,” Model mentioned. “We pulled him to security, and I requested the opposite rescue man, I mentioned, hey is there someone on the opposite facet? He mentioned, ‘I feel so.’ So, we went across the different facet. I couldn’t bear in mind grabbing ahold of the door and considering I used to be gonna have to drag actually onerous and the door itself fell proper off, however you might see the flames popping out from beneath the sprint. I began to drag this woman out whereas her seat belt received caught, and so I yelled for someone to get a knife as a result of I couldn’t get her seat belt.

“The man on the opposite facet got here round, we pushed the girl again in, launched the seatbelt, and we had been in a position to get her out,” Model mentioned. “And no sooner that we received her out of the truck, it started to engulf in flames.”

— The Joint Mild Tactical Car (JLTV) Operator New Gear Coaching (OPNET) Course on the 88th Readiness Division-operated Draw Yard at Fort McCoy has hosted a wide range of Troopers, together with Special Forces groups, states a narrative by Employees Sgt. Clinton Wooden with the 88th Readiness Division.

For the primary time in its historical past, the category which teaches the scholars the traits and capabilities of the automobiles generally referred to as JLTVs, hosted two U.S. Air Pressure Airmen from Nov. 14-17, 2022.

Employees Sgts. Charlie McNair and James Jessie got here all the best way from the forty eighth Logistics Readiness Squadron, Royal Air Pressure Base Lakenheath, England — a distance of almost 4,000 miles. Each are floor transportation specialists, which is analogous to the U.S. Army’s motor transport operators generally referred to as 88-Mikes.

— Kevin Luepke simply completed working his first gun-deer season because the Fort McCoy wildlife program supervisor and wildlife biologist with the Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division Pure Sources Department (NRB).

Luepke started his duties Oct. 1 — shortly after his predecessor longtime Fort McCoy Wildlife Biologist David Beckmann retired in late September. However Luepke is not any stranger to Fort McCoy’s pure assets administration setting. Previous to his present place, he labored within the NRB as a pure useful resource specialist. In that place he supported the invasive plant species, wildlife, threatened and endangered species, and prescribed burn packages at Fort McCoy.

And earlier than that, Luepke labored for a few years with the Colorado State College Heart for the Environmental Administration of Navy Lands, which completes work by a cooperative settlement straight supporting Fort McCoy’s pure and cultural assets packages.

— The Fort McCoy Directorate of Emergency Companies (DES) 911 Communications/Safety Heart, also called the DES Dispatch Heart, is all the time open because it maintains operations 24 hours a day, seven days per week, three hundred and sixty five days a yr.

A public security dispatcher’s duties embody offering emergency police, hearth, and medical providers to the general public by answering emergency 911 calls and responding with applicable personnel and gear.

Brandie Stello, lead public security dispatcher on the Fort McCoy middle, mentioned every dispatcher has an vital duty when receiving calls to the middle.

“Every dispatcher is answerable for caller interrogation to find out the issue and the character of the decision,” Stello mentioned. “Dispatchers prioritize all incoming emergency and non-emergency calls, determine the character of emergency and the extent of response required, they usually present this and any further info to the responding models.”

Dispatchers use a wide range of emergency communications and digital gear to finish their duties. This consists of gear that’s generally utilized by police, hearth, ambulance, rescue, or hazardous supplies models.

— Going into the 2022 Fort McCoy gun-deer season, the minimal harvest objective was 300-350 deer, mentioned Wildlife Program Supervisor and Biologist Kevin Luepke with the Fort McCoy Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division Pure Sources Department. And that objective was surpassed — by roughly 50 %.

“The season went nice,” Luepke mentioned. “We positively exceeded our minimal harvest objective. We at the moment have preliminary information, and it reveals 464 deer being taken. We’re nonetheless engaged on coming into some information and analyzing, however that quantity shouldn’t change an excessive amount of.”

Luepke mentioned there have been many wholesome, giant bucks taken through the season, which ran from Nov. 19-27.

“General, our herd regarded very wholesome — we noticed excessive fats measurements which reveals a capability to make it by the winter months, and good physique weights, which suggests the deer are getting ample meals all through the spring, summer season, and fall,” he mentioned. “We are going to proceed to have a look at the info nearer, and see if any areas confirmed lighter weights and fats measurements and focus some habitat work into these areas over the subsequent couple years.

“Additionally, we ended up with the ability to pattern 151 deer for persistent losing illness (CWD) by eradicating the lymph nodes,” Luepke mentioned. “These samples had been despatched into the Wisconsin Division of Pure Sources, and hunters needs to be getting outcomes again within the very close to future.”

Luepke mentioned some hunters possible obtained outcomes about CWD again shortly, particularly if sampling came about over the opening weekend.

“Fort McCoy tracks the outcomes of the deer sampled on Fort McCoy, so we don’t have to depend on hunters to report their particular person deer outcomes to Allow Gross sales or our wildlife program,” Luepke mentioned. And regardless that the deer harvest was bigger than anticipated, Luepke mentioned it would assist hold the set up’s deer inhabitants at an excellent quantity and can reduce any chance of the unfold of CWD.


Fort McCoy held its 2022 Christmas Tree Lighting Occasion on Dec. 1, 2022, at McCoy’s Group Heart with dozens of group members in attendance to take pleasure in a wide range of vacation actions.

After a army household formally lit the Christmas tree in entrance of McCoy’s Group Heart to formally kick off the vacation season, Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Stephen Messenger informed the event-goers it was time to have enjoyable.

“Thanks all for being right here,” Messenger mentioned. “Now we’re taking the festivities inside the place it’s a lot hotter. So come on inside and let’s go occasion.”

Inside McCoy’s there have been many issues to do. Folks may get images with Santa and Mrs. Claus. There was additionally cookies and scorching chocolate out there for everybody, and there was all kinds of vacation crafts and actions for kids and households to take pleasure in.

The occasion came about from 4:30 to six:30 p.m., and along with having all of the work executed by the Directorate of Household and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR), there additionally had been a number of volunteers from organizations all through the Fort McCoy Garrison serving to as properly.

Earlier than the precise tree lighting, youngsters lively within the Fort McCoy Baby and Youth Companies program, additionally part of DFMWR, sang Christmas songs to get everybody into the vacation spirit for the tree lighting.

The 2022 tree lighting additionally was in all probability the closest the occasion got here to resembling what it had been prior to now in 2019 previous to the pandemic of 2020. And, DFMWR officers had been grateful to get again to regular.

“We’ve needed to execute reduced-scale tree lighting ceremonies for the previous few years because of the problems of with the pandemic and the calls for positioned on McCoy’s FMWR group,

and through Operations Allies Welcome, so it was excellent to see us return to the full-scale model of considered one of Fort McCoy’s favourite group occasions,” mentioned DFMWR Director Patric McGuane. “Seeing the smiling faces on our Fort McCoy youngsters as they received an opportunity to fulfill Santa and participate within the multitude of actions and crafts offered by our sponsors was clear proof of how vital this occasion is to our group.

— A number of new members to the Fort McCoy group accomplished their oath to federal service Dec. 5, 2022, beneath the steering of Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Stephen Messenger on the Directorate of Human Sources (DHR) Headquarters.

“That is one thing new we’re doing to boost our onboarding course of for brand new group members,” mentioned Workforce Improvement Specialist Jamie Gular with Fort McCoy DHR. “The garrison commander mentioned he’s planning on persevering with to do that for brand new group members.”

Gular mentioned Fort McCoy DHR has been engaged on enhancing their new group member onboarding course of over the previous yr based mostly on suggestions the directorate has obtained from new group members the garrison workforce and leaders.

Fort McCoy army members had been handled to dozens of free Christmas bushes Dec. 2, 2022, courtesy of the Timber for Troops effort as a FedEx truck delivered the bushes to the set up’s South Submit Housing space.

By noon Dec. 2, workers with the Fort McCoy Directorate of Public Works Housing Division had been lining army members and their members of the family as much as get their free bushes.

“There’s was lots of people right here once we began handing out the bushes at midday,” mentioned Housing Division Chief David Brande who was serving to with the occasion. “That is one occasion that can positively get you into the Christmas spirit.”

The truck delivering the bushes arrived at 9 a.m. Dec. 2, and Brande and a few the Housing Division workers members helped unload the truck. As soon as the bushes had been out of the truck and lined up, the supply to the troops was subsequent later within the day.

In keeping with www.christmasspiritfoundation.org, 15,300 whole bushes had been picked up from 54 places in 2022 and given to 84 whole bases, together with Fort McCoy. Timber are donated by particular person farms and much, the collective efforts of state and regional Christmas Tree associations, native sponsoring teams, and the purchasers of collaborating places. Tons of of donors and volunteers take part every year to make Timber for Troops occur, the web site states.

— Representatives from governmental and non-profit organizations from all through the state of Wisconsin gathered at McCoy’s Group Heart on Dec. 1, 2022, at Fort McCoy to carry a quarterly Inter-Service Household Help Committee (ISFAC) assembly.

Dianne Sommers, a specialist with the Fort McCoy Army Group Service (ACS) workplace mentioned the ISFAC present providers to veterans and people service members at the moment serving. Conferences for the ISFAC are held all through the state in March, June, September, and December yearly.

“The assembly began at 9 a.m. and went till 1:30 p.m.,” Sommers mentioned. “An hour of that point was dedicated to networking among the many attendees.”

Sommers mentioned a few of principal objects mentioned included the Soldier and Household Readiness Specialist with the Wisconsin Nationwide Guard reviewing the Navy Household Monetary Support Program that’s out there to Wisconsin residents who’re at the moment serving. Service members can apply to obtain as much as $2,500 per yr for emergency monetary help.

“The Wisconsin Nationwide Guard additionally has private monetary counselors situated all through the state for service members with monetary challenges,” Sommers mentioned. “This service is freed from cost.”

Sommers mentioned ISFAC members additionally mentioned the necessity for donated family items objects to help veterans who’ve obtained housing however lack important objects equivalent to furnishings, bedding, home equipment, and different issues.

— Fort McCoy’s Central Difficulty Facility (CIF), a part of the Fort McCoy Logistics Readiness Heart, accomplished its 2022 annual stock Dec. 5-16, 2022, with the general stock ending properly, mentioned CIF Property E-book Officer Thomas Lovgren.

The stock is required yearly by Army regulation, Lovgren mentioned, and yearly the Fort McCoy CIF closes for a number of days in December to get a full accounting of the tens of millions of {dollars} of kit and provides they’ve readily available and preserve.

The Fort McCoy CIF (constructing 780) was constructed at a value of greater than $9 million, and it’s a 62,548-square-foot facility. Central Difficulty Facility personnel started operations on the constructing Sept. 14, 2015. Since 2011, the Fort McCoy CIF has been issuing Reserve Troopers their total Organizational Clothes and Particular person Gear (OCIE) wants.

For 2022, Lovgren mentioned his group performed a superb stock. “The Fort McCoy CIF Workforce did an distinctive job accounting for and safeguarding $49 million of OCIE objects, which is at the moment stocked at this CIF,” Lovgren mentioned.

“This was positively one other profitable stock.”Having good accountability is vital, Lovgren mentioned. With a lot gear going out and in of the power yearly, having a low acquire/loss share (beneath 2.5 %) is nice. And the Fort McCoy CIF share was .175 %.

Be taught extra about Fort McCoy on-line at https://dwelling.military.mil/mccoy, on the Protection Visible Info Distribution System at https://www.dvidshub.web/fmpao, on Fb by looking out “ftmccoy,” and on Twitter by looking out “usagmccoy.” Additionally attempt downloading the Digital Garrison app to your smartphone and set “Fort McCoy” or one other set up as your most well-liked base.

Date Taken: 01.21.2023
Date Posted: 01.21.2023 02:40
Story ID: 437045
Location: FORT MCCOY, WI, US 

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