McCoy eager to make good first impression
Capt. Michael McCoy, incoming commander, HHC, USAG, poses for a photo outside Building 208 Jan. 14 on Main Post. McCoy, who assumed command of the company on Jan. 16, said he is looking forward to making a positive first impression on incoming Soldiers. Photo by: Julie Fiedler, POST.
Story by: Julie Fiedler
1ST INF. DIV. POST
"Kansas is so flat you can stand on a coffee can and watch your dog run away for three days."
Capt. Michael McCoy heard a lot of Kansas jokes during the Captain's Career Course, when he received orders for Fort Riley.
When McCoy, his wife, Jaclyn, their three boys and two dogs arrived in July, he recalled thinking, "Oh wow, this is not what I expected at all."
"The landscape's actually very hilly. There (are) a lot of trees, water … There's plenty to do. It's a nice area," McCoy said. "I think the post is beautiful."
Now McCoy, incoming commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company and 1st Replacement Company, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Riley, will have the opportunity as the head of in-processing to help make a better impression on incoming Soldiers.
"I realize that to a lot of people that are coming here, this might be their first time at Fort Riley. This might be their first experience in the Army. I think what this company gives when folks first get here is that first impression," McCoy said. "I would like to be able to start pointing (Soldiers) in the right direction, so that way, as they settle in here, they think back to all the posts they've been to and think, 'Fort Riley is a great place to be.' I think we'll have some influence in this company at affecting that."
As the company commander, McCoy said he is looking forward to working with Soldiers more closely.
"I'm looking forward to the job," he said. "We've got a lot of good people working here. It's not a traditional company, but a lot of my assignments haven't been traditional."
McCoy's less traditional assignments include being a medic in the first wave heading into Kosovo and deploying with a psychological operations unit.
"Having the ability to deploy and affect change more directly in some of those nontraditional missions that not everybody gets to go on, that's really rewarding," he said.
McCoy joined the Army about 16 years ago.
"At that point in my life, I didn't really feel like I was getting to where I wanted to be," he said. "I wanted to serve my country."
The Army had opportunities available in line with what McCoy said he was looking for.
"I really wanted to pursue (positions in) the medical field, (and) the Army was offering that," he said.
McCoy enlisted as a combat medic and was stationed with the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment in Germany. Before it was deactivated, his unit fell under the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. When McCoy first arrived at Fort Riley six months ago, he reported to the 1st ABCT.
"I thought that was an interesting circle," he said.
McCoy earned a degree online in international business while he was deployed and went to Officer Candidate School around his 10-year mark.
"I thought if I'm going to stay in the service, I'd like to see what it's like on the other side as an officer," he said.
McCoy comes from a long line of military service members, he said.
"My grandfather was in the Navy. My dad was in the Marines. One of my uncles was in the Army," he said, adding with a laugh, "Maybe one of my kids will join the Air Force."
McCoy said he enjoys spending time with his Family outdoors hiking and relaxing at home. He also said he hopes to recertify his Emergency Medical Technician license and pursue a paramedic license.