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Col. David Pinter leaving as commander of Fort McCoy

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Col. David Pinter addressing media at Fort McCoy Monday, May 14, 2018. Col. David Pinter addressing media at Fort McCoy Monday, May 14, 2018.
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It usually happens every two years, sometimes longer, a changing of command at Fort McCoy.

Col. David J. Pinter Sr. took the reigns as commander of Fort McCoy in 2016. After serving for two years, it's time for a new commander to take over.

Pinter says it will be tough leaving after spending the last 26 months on the base.

"I can think of no better place to raise a family and to enjoy the quality of life and standard of living such as here in the Midwest," He said.

He set out five goals when taking over in 2016 and he feels they've been completed.

"We have made great strides in increasing the infrastructure and protection of Fort McCoy, along with the workforce development and talent management," he explained.

The base also improved upon live and virtual training allowing for more than 100,000 military personnel from all services to be trained each year, becoming a critical piece for training in all types of weather.

"The Marine Corps was able to send approximately 3,000 Marines here to Fort McCoy to train in extreme cold weather environments. They would have only been able to send about 300 soldiers to Norway where they usually train at," Col. Pinter said.

In 2017, the base had a $1.18 billion economic impact and Pinter says it takes working with the local communities and not competing with each other.

"We have to make sure we maintain a partnership and understand we have to make sure we maintain the lines of communication, open lines of communication," he concluded.

The new commander, Col. Hui Chae Kim will take over command on May 19 at the change-of-command ceremony.

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