Special Programs And Services

Alcohol and Drug Control

Alcohol and Drug Control

Drug Demand Reduction is a function of the 88th RSC’s Directorate of Human Resources.

The 88th RSC is responsible for providing Substance Abuse Assistance to its units and in support of its BASOPS mission.

The Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) is a command program that emphasizes readiness and personal responsibility.

The use of illicit drugs and the abuse of legal drugs or alcohol by either military or civilian personnel employed by the Army are inconsistent with Army values and the standards of performance, discipline, and readiness necessary to accomplish the Army’s mission.

The command mission role is the prevention, biochemical testing, early identification of problems, rehabilitation and administration of judicial actions as needed.

All Commanders and staff will ensure that all officials and supervisors support the ASAP mission and roles, IAW AR 600-85, Army Substance Abuse Program. The USAR urinalysis testing rate will be one hundred percent random testing of assigned strength.

Where to Get Help: Following resources can provide referrals to counseling and/or assistance programs which may help employees with drug or alcohol problems to find local treatment resources, including peer support and recovery groups.

  • 88th RSC Army Substance Abuse Program: 608-388-0457
  • 88th RSC Surgeons Office: 608-388-0545
  • 88th RSC Health Services Branch: 608-388-0436
  • 88th RSC Director of Psychological Health: 608-388-0338
  • VA Mental Health Clinics (Tomah, WI 608-372-1761/3971)
  • Fort McCoy Employee Assistance Program: 608-388-2441
  • Fort McCoy Military Family Life Consultants: 608-388-8068/3540
  • Military One Source: 1-800-342-9647

Points of Contact

88th RSC Alcohol and Drug Control Officer
Gary Talbot

Inspector General

Inspector General


Advise the Commanding General on the overall welfare and state of discipline of the Command. Provide a continuous assessment of the Command‘s operational and administrative effectiveness.

Determine the discipline, efficiency, economy, morale, training, and readiness of the Regional Support Command, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, and its subordinate and supported units.

Provide recommendations to the Commander in order to eliminate shortcomings and violations of standards.

Receive, review, and process complaints, requests for assistance, advice, information, or grievances from individuals assigned to the Command, and ensure appropriate action is taken.


All IGs have a duty to protect, to the maximum extent possible, the personal identity of a complainant, witness or any other individual providing information to the IG, particularly when the individual specifically requests confidentiality. Confidentiality and discretion are core concepts for IGs, though IGs do not have a complete legal privilege of confidentiality. Rather, IG confidentiality results from the IG’s special relationship with the commander, the deliberative process, protection in the FOIA and the PA, and as a necessary incident to the protections of 10 USC 1034. ~AR 20-1, para 1-12

Do you need assistance from the IG?

Who May File IG Complaints?

Assistance is the IG function that provides Soldiers, Family members, DA Civilians, retirees, and contract employees the ability to seek help from the IG on matters affecting their health, welfare, and personal readiness. However, anyone may submit a complaint, allegation, or request for information or assistance to any Army IG concerning a matter of Army interest. ~AR 20-1, para 6-1 IGs Do Not...

-Recommend punishment
-Interpret law
-Establish command policy
-Exercise directive authority
-Change established redress procedures
~AR 20-1, para 2-7 Be Ready to be Asked...

1. What do you want the IG to do for you? This is the single most important question an IG will ask when receiving complaints. It helps to focus the complainant and ensures that the matters of concern are of Army interest and appropriate for the IG.
2. Do you have any supporting documents?
3. Have you requested assistance from any other source or agency?
4. Have you given your chain of command an opportunity to address the problem?
5. What is your status (active duty, reserve, DA civilian, retiree, etc)? Before you contact IG...

1. IGs encourage the Soldier or civilian employee to discuss first with the chain of command any issues, allegations or requests for assistance with the commander, chain of command, or supervisor.
2. Contact your IG office or nearest IG staff for assistance or information.
3. Keep in mind that IGs only make recommendations, not order a resolution.
4. Be patient and don’t expect instant action on your request. Investigations take time and IGs tend to have heavy workloads.
5. Be mentally prepared for a final response that may not give you the answer wanted. The IG will however explain how and why the final answer was determined.

Points of Contact

88th RSC Inspector General
608-388-3733 or 1-877-560-3086 Ext 23733
Fax: 608-388-3512

Education Services

Education Services

The 88th RSC employs five Education Service Specialists (ESS) who are available to provide educational support to Army Reserve Soldiers, Families and Army Civilians throughout the northwest region. The 88th RSC ESSs serve as part of the greater Department of Defense military education program and are able to provide a wealth of educational resources to ensure your success.

The five 88th RSC ESS’s provide core services consisting of:

- Educational Counselling
- Degree Planning
- Tuition Assistance
- Testing
- Financial Aid
- Student Loan Repayment
- and much more!

The 88th RSC ESSs are available to provide unit level education benefits briefs and command level education fairs. The education offices provide guidance at the start and critical decision points. This is where an ESS can provide the largest impact to assist Soldiers in their pursuit of continuing education. An ESS can provide detailed learning options based on cost, location, or time. They are well versed in the nuances of traditional and non-traditional learning institutions.

Tuition Assistance

The Tuition Assistance program provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty education programs in support of a Soldier’s professional and personal self-development goals. TA is available for courses that are offered in the classroom or by distance learning and is part of an approved academic degree or certificate program. TA is an integral element of the Army Reserve’s continuing education program. The 88th RSC ESS’s devote a significant amount of effort helping Soldiers navigate the tuition assistance process to ensure payments are timely and accurate. The 88th RSC Education Services looks forward to serving Soldiers and enhancing their military and civilian careers through education and skills.

Legal Support and Services

Legal Support and Services

Army Reserve Soldiers, not on Active duty, are eligible for free legal services from Reserve Component legal assistance providers. Soldiers can view available services, download request forms and find points of contact at the USAR Legal Command web page at www.usar.army.mil/ourstory/commands/USARLC. Free legal services for Army Reserve Soldiers:

  • Witnessing signatures to documents or providing notary services.
  • Providing legal advice to Soldiers during a client interview or in a telephone conversation.
  • A letter written on behalf of a Soldier and signed by an attorney or writing a letter for the Soldier’s signature.
  • Legal document preparation including drafting, completing and execution of documents such as wills, powers of attorney, and leases.
  • Legal negotiation with parties whose interests are adverse to that of the Soldier.
  • Preparation and filing of federal and state income tax returns and other legal papers.
  • Assistance to Soldiers which enables the Soldier to file legal documents, papers, or pleadings in civil proceedings without the attorney.
  • Referral to another attorney in another military legal office or to a civilian lawyer.
  • In-court representation (in limited circumstances).

Points of Contact

88th RSC Attorney Advisor
William D. Kimball

88th RSC Deputy Staff Judge Advocate
LTC Lance VonAh

Family Programs

Family Programs

The Mission of the 88th RSC Family Programs and Services Office is to support the OFTS Units and Help them connect their Soldiers, Families & Communities through Education, Training, Resources and Support Programs and Services.

Providing the right services, resources and support at the right time to meet unit, Soldier and Family needs throughout the lifecycle of the Soldiers’ Career.

The 88th RSC meets this mission by providing regional training events for unit leadership and Family Readiness Liaisons though Soldier Life Cycle Training; Family Readiness Groups (FRGs) in a New Era training to FRG Leadership and FRL’s that provides training and regulatory guidance for unit FRG Groups and FRL’s.

Unit Volunteer management support is a provided to the OFTS Family Programs Directors through the RSC Volunteer Coordinator.

Family Programs Support and Services is moving from a deployment/mobilization mode to an understanding that a Soldiers career is a lifecycle and throughout that lifecycle both the Soldier and their Families are involved and affected.

The logo of Family Programs has changed to empathize this change. Our present logo in the top right hand corner has a circle with five colors, each color stands for a different part of the lifecycle: new to the Army Reserve, new to the unit, assuming leadership roles, mobilization, deployment reunion, and Soldier career transition.

Survivor Outreach Services

Survivor Outreach Services are available to Families within the region dealing with the grief of a deceased veteran by providing support, information on benefit's available and financial information & guidance to grieving Family members.

SOS demonstrates the Army’s commitment to Families of the Fallen by providing support andstandardized services to Active, Reserve, and Army National Guard Families. Benefits Coordinators, Financial Counselors, and Support Coordinators are available. SOS is a holistic and multi-agency approach to delivering services by providing access at garrisons and communities closest to where Families live.

Child Youth and School Services

Child, Youth & School Services (CYSS) has a range of quality programs to help Army Families meet their parental challenges and maintain their mission readiness.

Whenever you need it and wherever you are, CYSS is prepared to make life better for Army Reserve Families.

CYSS are provided on a regional level through Child/ Youth Programs at 88th RSC Yellow Ribbon Events, regional Teen Councils and YLEAD opportunities, plus camps, and seasonal activities available at no cost to USAR Children & Youth. More information is available to Soldiers and Families through monthly electronic CYS newsletters.

Financial Readiness Program

The Financial Readiness Program offers proactive personal life cycle financial management tools, information and resources that will help Soldiers and their Families to develop individual strategies to achieve financial goals and address financial challenges.

Financial information and education for Soldiers and their Family members on budgeting, making ends meet, credit, and saving for future needs like college and retirement is available for individuals or groups upon request .

Training at unit BA’s and unit Family days is available upon request from any part of Family Programs.

Points of Contact

88th RSC Family Programs Manager
Dr. Rochelle Wheeler

Sexual Harassment/Assault Prevention

Sexual Harassment/Assault Prevention

The SHARP Program's mission is to reduce with an aim toward eliminating sexual offenses within the Army through cultural change, prevention, intervention, investigation, accountability, advocacy/response, assessment, and training to sustain the AllVolunteer Force.

On 2 June 2014, the Chief of Staff, Army, directed the implementation of a Sexual Harassment, Assault Response and Prevention Resource Center Pilot Program.

The prevention of and response to sexual assault and harassment continues to be one of the CSA's top priorities. As a result, our goal is to reduce and ultimately eliminate these crimes from our ranks. The pursuit of that goal requires our Army to be flexible and open to new ideas and approaches.

The SHARP Program is focused on identifying problems at the earliest level (sexual innuendo and harassment) and dealing with that problem head-on before it evolves into sexual assault.

SHARP also focuses on the need for bystanders to Intervene, Act and Motivate (I. AM. STRONG).

Soldiers are expected to change the norm and take action early to combat the enemy within our ranks.

Rather than focus on victims reactively, we must focus on potential offenders early - in the harassment stage - proactively. NO MORE INNOCENT BYSTANDERS! We are a profession of Arms and we need to police each other up!

Under the Department of Defense’s Confidentiality Policy, sexual assault victims are offered two reporting options: restricted reporting and unrestricted reporting. While DoD prefers unrestricted reporting of sexual assaults to activate law enforcement actions, it recognizes that some victims desire only medical, legal, advocate, and support services and no command or law enforcement involvement.

DoD’s first priority is to protect the victims; treat them with dignity and respect; and to provide them with the medical treatment, legal assistance, victim assistance, care and counseling they deserve.

Special Victim Counsel Program

Sexual Assault is absolutely unacceptable, but the ugly truth is that it happens. In order to help in the fight against Sexual Assault, the Army recently implemented the Special Victim Counsel Program (SVCP), which addresses the reality that victims of sexual assaults often have special interests that are unique to the prosecution of this type of crime.

The SVC services are available to Soldiers, their adult Family members, and other Service members in cases where the offender is a Soldier. These victims are eligible even if the offense took place offpost and was committed by a civilian, and services are available regardless of whether a victim chooses to file an unrestricted or restricted report. SVCs will diligently argue for the best interests of victims of sexual assault while also maintaining complete confidentiality and ensuring the attorney-client privilege.

If you are a victim of a sexual assault and would like to speak with the SVC servicing Fort McCoy, please call the 24/7 Sexual Assault Hotline at (608) 388-5000 or the SHARP office at (608) 388-0315 and an appointment will be set up for you.

Points of Contact

88th Command SARC
Penny Gietzen

Army Reserve EEO



As the Historian of the 88th RSC, my mission is to support the Army Reserve units in the 88th RSC 19-state region with their historical programs.

I can do this by assisting units in obtaining their lineage certificates and statement of Service as well as unit history.

I also provide support for USAR history presentations to units or for community support, either by giving the presentation or assisting the unit with event preparation.

Historical presentations can include WWI, Civilian Conservation Corps, WWII, Korean War, Berlin Crisis, Vietnam, Desert Storm and Shield, Bosnia, Kosovo, and the War on Terror, as well as various exercises and humanitarian missions.

I also provide assistance with historical displays and the proper care of artifacts and historical property. Please give me a call if your unit is reorganizing, moving, or inactivating.

Some commands have Military History Detachments and additional duty historians. I can provide guidance and training for these individuals at BA or AT.

One area which is related to unit history is unit reunions. It has been over 10 years since mobilizations began for the War on Terror and 25 years since Operation Desert Storm. I can assist with your unit reunion.

Finally, I conduct and provide training for exit and historical interviews. The story of Soldiers who have been in a unit a long time or have held important positions should be captured to preserve the history of the unit and the USAR. Historians can assist with:

  • Lineage and Honors Certificate
  • Unit history and reunions
  • Mobilization documentation
  • USAR historical presentations
  • Artifacts and historical property
  • Historical Officer & MHD Training
  • Unit annual history
  • Exit and Historical interviews
  • Historical records
  • Historical inquires

Did You Know?

When a unit mobilizes, it is required to send back materials about its mobilization. I can assist units to perform this duty properly from the outset. Send me what materials you still have for inclusion in the historical record. I also provide guidance and support for those individuals who have the task of compiling their unit’s annual history.

Points of Contact

88th RSC Historian
Ward E. Zischke

Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention

The 88th RSC’s Suicide Prevention Program Manager provides Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Training support to all Unit’s within the northwest region.

The Office also conducts outreach and informational support to the 88th RSC Yellow Ribbon Rein - tegration Program.

In addition, the Program Office provides support to the community and develops support systems of available Suicide Prevention and Intervention resources.

It is our mission to assist Units attending Annual Training at Fort McCoy for all services as they relate to suicide, to include, expertise on local resources for Soldiers in need, assisting commands on reporting processes and how to assess resource both in the Fort McCoy area and getting Soldier safely back to their Home of Record and follow on servic - es (through our Director of Psychological Health).

The Program Manager is accessible 24 hours a day seven days a week for the above services.

Suicide Prevention and Intervention Training

In Fiscal Year 2016, the 88th RSC will conduct regional Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Quarterly ASIST Train the Trainer (ASIST- T4T), and Ask-Care-Escort Suicide Intervention Train the Trainer (ACE-SI T4T) workshops. Please contact the 88th RSC Suicide Program Manager for more information.

ASIST Training: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) prepares personnel to provide suicide first aid interventions. It is an intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course designed to help participants recognize and review risk, and intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. It is by far the most widely used, acclaimed and researched suicide intervention training workshop in the world.

ACE: All Army suicide awareness training has at its core the Ask, Care, Escort (ACE) model for identifying and supporting someone who may be struggling. ACE Cards can be ordered from the Public Health Command e-catalogue.

Points of Contact

Suicide Prevention Program Manager
Jeffrey Schulz
608-388-0507 or 608-408-8166 (Available 24/7) jeffrey.h.schulz.civ@mail.mil

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