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January 8, 2010

News Notes

Martin Luther King observance set for Thursday, Jan. 14  [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Equal Opportunity Office will host a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance Thursday, Jan. 14 at McCoy’s, building 1571. The program will run from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., with a guest speaker presentation beginning at noon.

The guest speaker will be Clayborn Benson from Milwaukee’s Black Historical Society. He began his career at WTMJ-TV in 1968 with the photography training program, then went on to Fort Monmouth, N.J., to military photography school.

Benson, an Emmy nominated and award-winning photojournalist, retired after 39 years on the job. In 1987, Benson decided to develop a museum for the culture of African American Wisconsinites, and in 1988 the Museum became an affiliated member of the State Historical Society. The primary mission of the Wisconsin Black Historical Society Museum, other than preserving the past, is reaching out into the community. In 2007, Benson also served as a facilitator for the celebration commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement in Milwaukee.

For more information about the event in the Fort McCoy community, call the Fort McCoy Equal Opportunity adviser at 608-388-3246.

Garrison Commander's Briefing to the Work Force set for Thursday, Jan. 21   [ back to top ]

The annual Fort McCoy Garrison Commander’s Briefing to the Work Force will be presented at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 at building 60. The briefing is open to garrison federal military and civilian employees. The briefings will last approximately 90 minutes. Transportation is available through the installation Transportation Motor Pool. Buses will begin pickup approximately 30 minutes before each session. For more information about schedules, contact your organization’s administrative section.

VITA Training to start week of Jan. 18  [ back to top ]
People interested in being Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) preparers to assist members of the Fort McCoy military community in the upcoming tax preparation season are encouraged to contact the VITA Site coordinator by Thursday, Jan. 14.
The training is a great opportunity to get experience in preparing both federal and state income tax returns.

Rita Byers, who has been involved with the Fort McCoy VITA program for a number of years, said this year’s training for Fort McCoy volunteers will be held the week of Jan. 18, with the VITA Center opening projected for the first week of February.
The on-line training will be offered at the Internal Revenue Web site http://www.irs.gov. This site also provides answers for federal income tax-related questions for everyone.

For more information about being a VITA program volunteer in the Fort McCoy community, including which online courses to take and what kind of time commitment is required, call 608-388-4117/2165.
Rear Detachment, Family Readiness Group training to be held Jan. 21-22 at ACS    [ back to top ]

 Rear Detachment Commander/Family Readiness Group (FRG) Training will be conducted from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.Friday, Jan. 22, at Fort McCoy Army Community Service (ACS) 2111 South 8th Ave.

Topics will include an ACS overview, Volunteer Management, the Roles and Responsibilities of the Rear Detachment Commander and FRG Leader, Army Family Team Building, Working with Families, Overview of Army Regulation 608-1 Appendix J “Family Readiness Group Operations,” Support the Unit When a Casualty Occurs, TRICARE and Legal Overview, Building a Resource Library, Working with a Family Support Network, How to be an Effective FRG Leader and Real Life Scenarios.

For more information, view the flyer at http://www.mccoymwr.com/ACS/Upcoming%20Events.htm. Eligible people who wish to attend are requested to reserve a seat by calling ACS at 608-388-3505 by Friday, Jan. 15.

Winter Extravaganza to be held at Whitetail Ridge Saturday, Jan. 23  [ back to top ]

The 2010 Fort McCoy Winter Extravaganza will be held Saturday, Jan. 23 at the Whitetail Ridge Ski Area. The event is open to the general public and will run from 10 a.m.-close. An inclement weather/make-up date has been set for the same time Saturday, Jan. 30, if necessary.

Activities will begin with a pancake breakfast, snow tubing and a Snow Adventure Race at 10 a.m. A Geocaching event will be held at 11 a.m. The Ski Hill opens at noon. The Big Air Competition is held at 1 p.m. An obstacle course is set for 1:30 p.m., followed by a Snow Pile Dig at 2 p.m.  Ski and snowboard lessons will be available from 2-4 p.m. Slalom Races will be held at 2:30 p.m. and a Euchre Tournament at 5 p.m. Other activities also will be available.

Discounted pricing will be available. A snow-tubing session will cost $8, a ski/snowboard lift pass will be $10 or with equipment rental $20. Cross-country ski equipment rental will be $5, if conditions allow. A drawing for a Mathews Genesis Bow also will be held.

Sponsors include Monroe County Publishers, Inc., Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar, CenturyLink, La Crosse Radio Group, Hotfingers, Xcel Energy, TCI Architects-Engineers-Contractor, F&M Bank, Super 8 and the Fort McCoy Morale, Welfare and Recreation program. No federal endorsement is implied.

Participants must enter the facility through Gate 19 off State Highway 21, and follow the signs. For more information, call 608-388-3517/4498or toll free 800-531-4703.

Valentine's Day Card workshop set for Jan. 30    [ back to top ]

A Valentine’s Day Card Stamping Workshop will be held Saturday, Jan. 30 at 1130 South S St., Fort McCoy. The event is sponsored by the Army Community Service (ACS) Family Focus Program.

Sessions will be offered from 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. A minimum of one adult and one child from each family attending are required. Attendance is open to all Fort McCoy active-duty, Reserve, National Guard, Retirees, Department of Defense, nonappropriated fund, contract employees and family members.

Preregistration is required. Class size is limited. To register, call ACS at 608-388-3505 by Monday, Jan. 25.

Run...Splash...Lift program to continue through Feb. 25   [ back to top ]

The Run … Splash … Lift program is under way and will continue through Thursday, Feb. 25. Eligible patrons of the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122, can attend 24 classes and become eligible for a number of prizes, including a drawing for a $200 gift card to MC Sports. For a complete list of rules and registration form, visit the Web site http://www.mccoymwr.com/Flyers/Run%20Lift%20Splash.pdf.


Scholarships for Military Children program open through Feb. 17   [ back to top ]

Scholarship applications for the Military Scholarships for Children now are available in commissaries worldwide — including the Fort McCoy Commissary, building 1537 — and online through a link at http://www.commissaries.com and directly at http://www.militaryscholar.org.

Only dependent, unmarried children, younger than age 21 (age 23 if enrolled as a full- time student at a college or university) of active duty personnel, Reserve, Guard and retired military members, survivors of servicemembers who died while on active duty, or survivors of individuals who died while receiving retired pay from the military may apply for a scholarship. Eligibility is determined using DEERS, the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System database.

Applicants should ensure that they, as well as their sponsor, are enrolled in the DEERS database and have a current ID card.

The applicant must be planning to attend, or already be attending, an accredited college or university full time in the fall of 2010, or be enrolled in a program of studies designed to transfer directly into a four-year program.

Applicants should prepare to submit an essay on the following topic: “You can travel back in time; however, you cannot change events. What point in history would you visit and why?”

Applications must be turned in to a commissary by close of business Feb. 17. For more information in the Fort McCoy community, visit the Commissary or call 608-388-3542.


AER offering scholarships to students, spouses  [ back to top ]

Army Emergency Relief (AER) offers college aid for dependent children and spouses. The Maj. Gen. James Ursano Scholarship Program is for dependent children and spouses of Soldiers (active duty, retired or deceased).

Applications for the 2010-2011 academic year scholarships will be available online through March 1 at http://www.aerhq.org. Online applications must be submitted by March 1.

 For more information in the Fort McCoy community, contact the AER section at Army Community Service at 608-388-3505.


Nominations sought for Wall of Exceptional People  [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Morale, Welfare and Recreation program is looking to highlight the fitness success stories of participants in the community. Personal stories will be posted  on a Wall of Exceptional People, where they may inspire other people to have a happier and healthier tomorrow.

Stories can be submitted by e-mailing Julie Pressler at Julie.pressler@us.army.mil. For more information, call the Rumpel Fitness Center at 608-388-2290.


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