This month in Fort McCoy history: December 2019

75 Years Ago — December 1944

A major step toward solving the urgent problem of rehabilitating disabled veterans as useful, self-supporting citizens was taken at Camp McCoy.

Col. George M. MacMullin, post commander, announced completion of a detailed study of minimum physical requirements for all jobs on the post.
He heralded the survey, which was directed by Maj. Stanley Kaufman, personnel division director, as the first of its kind at any Army Service Forces installation.

Kaufman said, “The survey has determined specifically which jobs and what type of work can be performed by personnel with certain physical disabilities. New horizons and new hope opened to military personnel, veterans, or civilians with physical disabilities such as one hand, arm, or eye, or even no legs, injured spine, etc. The survey permitted them to utilize their skills in jobs they could satisfactorily handle.”

Capt. Elmer Carlson, post inspector, and Sgt. Bernard Rosen, personnel technician, worked together on the survey. Carlson spent 31 hours in field work to analyze physical requirements of the jobs, and Rosen devoted 146 hours to the survey. A total of 225 different types of civilian and military jobs were considered, involving approximately 2,500 workers.

30 Years Ago — Dec. 5, 1989

Garrison Commander Col. Raymond G. Boland addressed members of the garrison workforce during a command information briefing Dec. 5, 1989.

Nearly 800 people attended the briefings held at the Officers Club. Boland conducted the briefings to enlighten the workforce on topics that affected or had the potential to affect Fort McCoy.

Among the topics discussed were the Joint Readiness Training Center, 801 Military Family Housing, the pursuit of land lease agreements with neighboring counties, the conversion of selected civilian positions from temporary to permanent status, and base closure and realignment.

20 Years Ago — December 1999

A new scale and scale house was constructed near the intersection of South 10th Avenue and South B Street.

The new facility contained one of the largest scales made by Mettler Toledo. The La Crosse Scale company installed the scale. The scale measured 86 feet long by 14 feet wide. The scale house measured 12 by 14 feet and included an office area, restrooms, and outside lighting.

The old scale facility couldn’t accommodate the weight or length of modern Army equipment or commercial carriers. The old scale and scale house were built in 1985 along Highway 21, across from the Main Gate.

The old scale had a maximum weight limit of 80 tons; the new scale accommodated weigh equipment in excess of 120 tons.

10 Years Ago — Dec. 1, 2009

A U.S. Marine who had served on the cadre staff at the Wisconsin Challenge Academy at Fort McCoy and killed in action in Iraq was honored at a flagpole and marker dedication ceremony at the Academy on Dec. 1, 2009.

Academy Director M.G. MacLaren told the crowd of guests and the platoon of cadets at the ceremony, “Sgt. Andy Stevens was a Marine dedicated to his country and a charitable citizen to his community as he assumed the role of teacher and mentor for many young adolescents throughout the state of Wisconsin.”

MacLaren led the dedication ceremony at the Academy. The 25-foot flagpole and marker were donated by Stevens’ parents, Allen Stevens and Kaye Olson; stepfather, John Olson; and stepmother, Deb Schroeder.

A flag detail of three cadets raised a new U.S. flag to full staff and then lowered the flag to half-staff as part of the dedication. The four parents, with MacLaren’s assistance, then removed a shroud from a memorial marker at the foot of the flagpole. The marker has a photo of Stevens etched into the steel plate, with the words “SGT Andy Stevens, USMC, KIA Fallujah, Iraq, Dec. 1, 2005.”

Date Taken: 12.11.2019
Date Posted: 12.11.2019 16:10
Story ID: 355340
Location: FORT MCCOY, WI, US 

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