Chesser takes reins at Fort McCoy

Col. David E. Chesser, who spent two tours of duty at Fort Benning's U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, is the new garrison commander at Fort McCoy, Wisc.

Chesser, who had served as the deputy commander for Readiness at the U.S. Army Reserve's 88th Regional Readiness Command at Fort Snelling, Minn., succeeded Col. Derek J. Sentinella at McCoy.

The new commander said he has two objectives for his tour at Fort McCoy — to work to ensure the installation continues to be a premier training center and to continue to improve the installation's quality of life for its soldiers and their families.

"I'm looking forward to serve as your next garrison commander," he said at the change of command ceremony. "It will be a distinct honor and privilege for me to lead this great installation as we, together, confront the many challenges that lay ahead. Fort McCoy enjoys an outstanding record of excellence throughout the Army in helping accomplish the missions associated with preparing soldiers for success on the battlefield and for taking care of families," he said.

Chesser is married to Kim Guest, the daughter of Gwen Guest of Columbus, Ga., and the late James Guest. The couple has two children — Miles, a senior at Apple Valley High School, and Grant, a fifth grader at Echo Park Elementary.