DVIDS – News – This Month in Fort McCoy History – November 2022

Fort McCoy, Wis., was founded in 1909. Here’s a look at its history from November 2022 and back.

80 years ago — November 6, 1942
Bakery open at camp! Tons of garnish bread, the latest from the Camp McCoy GI, are now pouring out of the huge ovens in the shiny new post office bakery into the satisfied stomachs of the camp soldiers.

Early Monday morning, the first load of bread baked at the new Camp McCoy was taken out of the oven under the watchful eyes of Colonel George M. MacMullin, post commander, and Lt. Col. Harry Brown, executive officer. Hundreds of loaves followed in no time, and at dinner on Monday, camp staff tasted GI bread for the first time, a nutritious 20-ounce loaf specially prepared to provide maximum nutritional value for Uncle Sam’s fighting forces.

25 years ago — November 14, 1997
Briefings on Fort McCoy mobilization procedures can now be delivered to units at their home stations via a new video presented by a Fort McCoy mobile team.

The publication featured its mobilization video, “The Fort McCoy Triennial Mobilization Coordination Conference,” for the first time on November 14 at Camp Dodge, Iowa.

More than 70 reserve and civilian personnel from 28 units at Camp Dodge, or one of eight remote sites viewed the video. Fort McCoy serves more than 300 reserve component units for mobilization informational purposes.

Mark Mattke, MOB Plans specialist at Fort McCoy’s Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, said the post is required to brief units on mobilization procedures every three years.

The video was developed to help meet that requirement and can also be used to meet the needs of new unit commanders who are required to attend a mobilization briefing within six months of assuming command.

“This saves units a stack of TDY (temporary duty) money that it would cost to send personnel to Fort McCoy,” Mattke said. “It also reduces our expense of sending as many people as needed for a briefing to the more than 300 unit sites we serve or having those people available to brief units when they come to Fort McCoy.”

15 years ago — November 1, 2007
Members of the Fort McCoy community gathered on November 1, 2007 to witness the signing of the Army Family Compact by top Fort McCoy leaders. The Army Family Compact recognizes the difficulties families face in supporting their Soldiers and is committed to supporting Army Families and improving their quality of life.

The pact recognizes that while Soldiers defend the nation, their strength lies in their families. The leaders who put pen to paper at the agreement signing ceremony were Maj. Gen. James R. Sholar, commanding general of the 88th Regional Preparedness Sustainment Command; Installation Commander, Col. Derek J. Sentinella and Installation Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Major M. Kevin Dubois. These signatures were added to those of Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, Army Chief of Staff General George W. Casey Jr. and Sgt. Army Major Kenneth O. Preston.

5 years ago — November 7, 2017
Students from the Sparta (Wisconsin) Innovations Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Academy visited instructors at the Regional Training Site-Maintenance on November 7 at Fort McCoy.

Dozens of students toured the facility to learn about what regional training site maintenance does to train Soldiers and how science, technology, engineering and math are applied to that training. The academy is a sixth through eighth grade school that focuses on problem solving and real world experiences.

Fort McCoy was established in 1909 and its motto is to be the “Total Force Training Center.”

Located in the heart of the upper Midwest, Fort McCoy is the only US Army installation in Wisconsin.

The installation has provided support and facilities for the field and classroom training of more than 100,000 military personnel from all services nearly every year since 1984.

Learn more about Fort McCoy online at https://home.army.mil/mccoy, on the Defense Visual Information Distribution System at https://www.dvidshub.net/fmpao, on Facebook by searching for “ftmccoy” and on Twitter by searching for “usagmccoy.”

Also try downloading the Digital Garrison app on your smartphone and set “Fort McCoy” or another facility as your preferred base.

Date to be held: 23.11.2022
Publication date: 23.11.2022 13:11
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