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DVIDS – News – Fort McCoy Hosts May 2022 Community Leader Engagement for Local Law Enforcement

Just days after Fort McCoy hosted the Armed Forces Day Open House where thousands visited the post, installation leaders hosted a special Community Leader Engagement on May 24 for civic leaders and local law enforcement officials from several Wisconsin cities near the facility.

More than a dozen of these leaders from Tomah, Sparta, Monroe County and other nearby municipalities gathered at Fort McCoy to see firsthand the mission of the post.

“Community leader engagements like this allow our local and regional leaders to develop a better understanding of the mission supported by Fort McCoy, as many are new to their roles or have never visited the installation before,” said said public affairs specialist Christopher Hanson. from the Fort McCoy public affairs office who helped organize the engagement.

“Our community leader engagement events are part of an award-winning program developed to strengthen ties with regional and local communities and give them a better understanding of what Fort McCoy is all about,” Hanson said. “Previous engagements had helped improve installation support and cooperation during Operation Allies Refuge/Welcome, which made our job here at Fort McCoy much easier.”

During their visit, community leaders took a guided tour of the facility and stopped at the South Post Combined Arms Collective Training Center, North Post Training Areas, Garrison Headquarters and at the McCoy Community Center where they received lunch.

Garrison Commanding Colonel Michael Poss led the engagement visit and he was accompanied by Command Sgt. Maj. Raquel DiDomenico, Hanson, Public Affairs Officer Tonya Townsell, Public Affairs Specialist Kaleen Holliday and several other garrison personnel.

Community outreach is an important part of the Army’s mission. According to the Army, as noted at, “The Army is not just about ensuring our national security at home and abroad, it’s about giving back and getting to know the communities that support us. ”

It may also be important for community leaders to see the facility that has a significant economic impact on their communities. Fort McCoy’s total economic impact for fiscal year 2021 was estimated at $1.93 billion, higher than the $1.479 billion reported for fiscal year 2020, garrison officials said.

Fort McCoy’s executive summary, available on the installation’s website,, shows that the installation makes continuous improvements to provide a plethora of training capabilities to service members.

“Over the past decade, Fort McCoy has experienced unprecedented facility modernization, training area development and expansion, increased training and customer support capacity, and improved quality opportunities. of life,” the summary reads. “From unmanned aerial vehicles to urban training facilities, live-fire ranges and virtual training environments, Fort McCoy is ready to meet the Army’s training needs in the 21st century.”

More community leader engagements are planned for the future, Hanson said.

Learn more about Fort McCoy online at, on the Defense Visual Information Distribution System at, on Facebook by searching “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 taken: 31.05.2022
Date posted: 31.05.2022 17:17
Story ID: 421894
Location: FORT MCCOY, Wisconsin, USA

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