The Fort McCoy garrison has been selected as one of three winners in the Army Communities of Excellence (ACOE) competition most improved category.

Kathleen Rooker of the Fort McCoy Plans, Analysis and Integration Office (PAIO) said the garrison will receive $200,000 for being selected as a most improved recipient. U.S. Army garrisons in Schinnen, Europe, and Fort Campbell, Ky., also were winners in the new category.

Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser, Garrison Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. M. Kevin Dubois and Sgt. Joseph Veness of the Fort McCoy U.S. Army Garrison represented the installation at the May 5 award ceremony. The installation received a trophy and commemorative flag.

The monetary award will be made in fiscal year (FY) 2010. According to the ACOE Award Year FY 2009 policy, the funds must be used to benefit the entire installation/community and the use must be consistent with the ACOE program intent of facilitating continuous improvement in installation management.

The ACOE program uses the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence to evaluate competing installations, according to an Installation Management Command (IMCOM) news release. Participants are judged against this common standard and not against each other.


Winning active Army installations are selected by an independent panel of judges based on the evaluation of the installations' written applications, results of their online organizational self-assessments (OSA), and additional information gathered during site visits by examiner teams. The award program recognizes continuous business process improvement, groundbreaking initiatives and devotion to efficiency, effectiveness and customer care in providing support to Soldiers, families, retirees and civilian employees who work, live, train and play on Army installations.

The overall winner in this year's ACOE competition was Fort Stewart, Ga., and Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. They will receive a $1 million grand prize.

Fort Bragg, N.C., and Fort Meade, Md., placed second and Fort Knox, Ky.; U.S. Army Garrison Daegu, Republic of Korea and U.S. Army Garrison Camp Humphreys, Republic of Korea placed third. The second-place winners will receive $500,000 each, and the third-place winners $200,000 each.

The Special Category ACOE winner for the Army National Guard is the Ohio Army National Guard, while the 96th Regional Readiness Command, Fort Douglas, Utah, is the winner in the Special Category for the U.S. Army Reserve. They each will receive $750,000.

Fort McCoy submitted its ACOE package in September 2008 and had an ACOE site visit in November 2008, Rooker said.

"We currently have an OSA under way," Rooker said. "I encourage everyone in the garrison to participate in it and to be honest in their answers. The results of this current OSA will be one of the components evaluated during the next ACOE competition."

Rooker said the next Fort McCoy ACOE submission will be prepared in the August-September time frame.

The installation will try to build on its past ACOE honors, which include a win in the small installation category for the 1995 competition, and a number of high finishes in the U.S. Army Reserve ACOE competition, including being the winner in the 2001-2003 competitions.

Fort McCoy also was a Department of the Army (DA) finalist in 2001 and a DA 1st runner-up in 2002-2003.

"We now compete against all Installation Management Command installations," Rooker said. "We hope this is a breakthrough to bigger things in this competition."

(Information in this story also is from an Installation Management Command news release.)

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