Garrison Commander Col. David J. Pinter Sr. highlighted Fort McCoy's continued growth in supporting training America's Army and how to continue that success for the future during two sessions of the Garrison Commander's Workforce Briefing on Jan. 24 in building 905.

"This is not only an overview and look at where we've been, but also where we're going," Pinter said.

People taking notice
During fiscal year (FY) 2017, a record 155,975 personnel trained at Fort McCoy - up more than 18,000 from FY 2016. The continued increase in troop training is happening, Pinter said, because the world is taking notice of what the Fort McCoy team can bring as "value-added" to military training.

Pinter said having senior leaders visit Fort McCoy in recent years has helped tell the installation's story to many.

"We've (continuously) been inviting our senior leaders and our local communities to come out and see what happens at Fort McCoy," Pinter said. In doing this, it shows the capability that exists on post and what Fort McCoy can provide its customers.

Fort McCoy regularly supports the training for Army active- and reserve-component forces as well as forces from all the military services. This training support includes exercises, battle-drill training, weekend training, and more.

And since Fort McCoy's top priority is readiness, Pinter said there is no question the installation is getting to be well known for its capacity and capability to be the four-season "Total Force Training Center" that Fort McCoy's motto describes.

"The team here is doing a great job," Pinter said.

Supporting command imperatives
At the beginning of the briefing, a video by Lt. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl, commanding general of Installation Management Command (IMCOM), was played for the audience.

According to the IMCOM video, Dahl "refreshes his priorities for the command, explains how those priorities are tied to the chief of staff and secretary of the Army priorities and how IMCOM garrisons must use a 'divest, reshape, invest' strategy, according to the tenants of Total Army Strong, in order to help the Army maintain readiness in a fiscally challenging environment."

Pinter noted some important points in the video.

"Keep in mind the (video) theme - divest, reshape, and invest," Pinter said. "That's an important theme for us to remember.

"You also may have recognized that some of the pictures in the video include Fort McCoy," Pinter said. "That tells me that (Lt. Gen.) Dahl recognizes us at every garrison commander's forum. It highlights the successes of Fort McCoy because we've demonstrated that fiscal responsibility and we've ensured that we know what the customer needs and we've delivered on those needs."

People make it happen
Pinter discussed how the Fort McCoy team is likely the most valuable asset to the installation's success to carry out the post's vision "to be the premier Total Force Training Center and power projection installation for America's defense forces."

He said each team member helps establish a "cornerstone" of trust, and that trust is connected to the words in the Soldier's Creed; the Civilian Corps Creed; Family and community covenants; and the Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.

"What makes the people (who work at) Fort McCoy into Team McCoy are those cornerstones of trust," Pinter said.

And it's the people of the installation team, through telling the Fort McCoy story far and wide, who have helped the mission grow on post, Pinter said.

The colonel highlighted the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing's Ullr Shield cold-weather exercise, held from early January to early February this year, as well as training with Air Force partners in 2017 that has shown what Fort McCoy has done to make things happen.

"We can sustain four seasons of training," Pinter said. "We understand how to do that, and we know it's a team effort."

Continuing excellence
In addition to establishing a new record number of people training at Fort McCoy in FY 2017, the installation was also recognized with many awards, including a Bronze Award in the Army Communities of Excellence program, a Secretary of the Army Conservation Award, and numerous command-level awards.

Pinter said that excellence is a result of many efforts by the Fort McCoy team, including the five-year Strategic Business Plan that serves as a roadmap for the installation now and into the future.

"The success of a business plan is (achieved) if it can continue to be implemented by future leaders," Pinter said. "I think we've been able to do that here at Fort McCoy."

Fort McCoy's strategic objectives in the current five-year Strategic Business Plan include:

• sustaining and modernizing Fort McCoy's cantonment, Range Complex, strategic mobility, physical security, quality of life, and information technology infrastructure.

• maintaining and expanding Fort McCoy's institutional and transient training customer base.

• attracting, retaining, and developing a competent, professional workforce.

• increasing Fort McCoy's military value through efficient cantonment facility management and access to additional maneuver space.

• enhancing communication and collaboration internally and with enterprise transformation organizations and tenant training organizations.

• delivering high-quality, responsive, and innovative quality of life programs and services for Soldiers, Families, retirees, employees, and the transient training population.

• ensuring Fort McCoy's military value and relevance to the Department of Defense (DOD) and the region are recognized throughout the DOD, our regional communities, and among our elected officials at all levels as a premier training center of choice.

"This goes back to telling our story and building those partnerships," Pinter said.

Pinter also highlighted changes in program management and continued focus on excellent customer service.

This included discussing the implementation of the DOD Performance Management and Appraisal Program and ensuring all Fort McCoy personnel have received the Operation Excellence customer service training.

Other notes of interest from the briefing included the announcement of several internal initiatives being completed, such as the installation on-boarding strength increasing from 83 to 87 percent, a Sharepoint collaboration for the post, and the publishing of a human resources handbook.

Pinter also announced that a garrison change of command will take place May 19 with more information about the command change to be announced at a later time.