Fort McCoy’s Installation Planning Board, or IPB, met Jan. 5 in the first of two meetings for 2018. The board is a forum for identifying, assessing and providing a common operating picture for installation-wide planning requirements, said Plans, Analysis and Integration Office chief Ken Musselwhite.
“The IPB is an opportunity to enhance collaborative communication and decisions installationwide, prioritize local requirements and highlight issues for elevation to Army senior leaders,” Musselwhite said.
Among those who attended the meeting included Installation Management Command readiness director Brenda L. McCullough from Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort McCoy senior commander and 88th Readiness Division Commanding General Maj. Gen. Patrick J. Reinert; Garrison Commander Col. David J. Pinter Sr.; Deputy Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Jared T. Corsi; Deputy to the Garrison Commander James A. Chen; and other leadership members and special staff from Fort McCoy garrison and tenant organizations.
The meeting agenda included going over follow-up actions from the previous IPB session in 2017, reviewing numerous discretionary topics, updating the Integrated Priorities List and noting upcoming major events at the installation.
“The IPB goes through all these steps in the meeting to ensure resourcing decisions are aligned with the Installation Strategic Plan and operationalized with the IMCOM principle of sustainability,” Musselwhite said. “This meeting forum also allows us to disseminate information and demonstrate integration of garrison requirements and planning efforts with the senior commander, tenant organizations and other important installation stakeholder planning functions.”
Eight items on the Fort McCoy Integrated Priorities List also were covered during the meeting, including:
- Integrated protection of the force.
- Execution of sustainable readiness and Total Force integration.
- Delivery of family and soldier services.
- Sustain renovation of World War II-era facilities and execute long-range strategy.
- Prioritize and execute base operations support responsibilities.
- Pursue information technology infrastructure upgrades to support mission command systems and anticipated Army communication changes.
- Ensure military value and relevance through a comprehensive and aggressive strategic messaging and communications strategy.
Fort McCoy workforce members also addressed the progress and importance of each item.