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News Notes

King observance set for Jan. 13 at McCoy's  [ back to top ]

Fort McCoy will host a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13 at McCoy’s, building 1571.

Pastor Ron Tobin of the Tomah Baptist Church will be the guest speaker. The program will begin at noon and is open to members of the Fort McCoy community.

For more information, call the hosting organization, the Equal Opportunity Office, at (608) 388-3246.

Family Readiness Group workshop Jan. 23-24   [ back to top ]

Family Readiness Group (FRG) Leader Training will be held Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 24 at Fort McCoy Army Community Service (ACS) 2111 South 8th Ave.

The Jan. 23 session will run from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and the Jan. 24 session from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Among the topics to be covered are: TRICARE, Legal, Finance, ACS Overview, Volunteer Management, Battle Mind Training for Families, Working with Families, Army Family Team Building Overview, Building a Resource Library, Building and Running Your FRG, Leader Assisted Problem Solving and Real-Life Scenarios.

Registration is requested by Tuesday, Jan. 20 by calling (608) 388-3505.


Camping reservations for 2010 being accepted  [ back to top ]

The Pine View Recreation Area, building 8053, is accepting reservations for the 2010 camping season.

Camping facilities can be used by military and civilian personnel, including members of the public.

Reservations can be made by calling (608) 388-3517 or toll-free (800) 531-4703.


Whitetail Ridge trails open for snowmobiling, skiing    [ back to top ]

The Whitetail Ridge Ski Area cross-country skiing and snowmobile trails are open.

Members of the Fort McCoy community and the general public can use the trails, which are open when there is sufficient natural snow. Cross-country skiing equipment can be rented for use from Whitetail Ridge. Whitetail Ridge is open 4:30-9 p.m. Fridays, 12-9 p.m. Saturdays and 12-6 p.m. Sundays.

For more information about hill conditions/rental equipment/skiing or tubing costs, etc., call Whitetail Ridge at (608) 388-4498 or Pine View Recreation Area at (608) 388-3517. Lodging is available at Pine View.

Information about Whitetail Ridge and Pine View also is available at the Fort McCoy Morale, Recreation and Welfare (MWR) Web site at http://www.mccoymwr.com or by calling the MWR events line at (877) 864-4969.


Book to commemorate 100th anniversary for sale  [ back to top ]

The book commemorating Fort McCoy’s 100th anniversary (1909-2009) is on sale at the installation.

"Images of America Fort McCoy" contains more than 200 photos about Fort McCoy, some never published before. Copies of the book can be purchased for $20 at the Public Affairs Office (PAO), building 100, and The Main Post Exchange, building 1538, (authorized patrons).

The book also will be for sale at several special installation events, including the Armed Forces Day Open House May 16.

For more information, call the Fort McCoy PAO at (608) 388-2407.


Military youth asked to talk about experiences    [ back to top ]

The Wisconsin Operation Military Kids (OMK), a nationwide initiative designed to support youth of military families, is seeking families and older youth willing to share their experiences on video.

OMK will be producing a video for educational and outreach purposes to help professionals working with youth to better understand the experience of parent deployment.

Interested older youth and/or families in the Fort McCoy community are welcome to participate in the OMK project. Participants will be asked to discuss their overall experiences including challenges and opportunities.

For more information about participation opportunities in the Fort McCoy community, contact Jan Fink at (608) 388-4124 at the Fort McCoy Child, Youth & School Services or Laura Pettersen, the Military 4-H Club Project Director at (608) 269-8722 or (608) 372-8722 to learn more and get involved.


Commissary scholarship applications sought   [ back to top ]

The Commissary Scholarships for Military Children Program is accepting applications.

The program is open to children of active-duty, Reserve, Guard or retired personnel. Applications are available at the Web site http://www.militaryscholar.org or at a link from http://www.commissaries.com.

For more information in the Fort McCoy community, call (608) 388-3542.


Career milestones can be publicized for work force   [ back to top ]

Soldiers and federal workers who are doing good things at Fort McCoy can get their accomplishments published in their hometown newspapers.

Military personnel are encouraged to complete, sign and return Department of Defense (DD) Form 2266 (Hometown News) to their unit points of contact.

Civilian personnel should complete and sign a Fort McCoy Form 319-R-E (Information for Civilian News Release) and forward it to their administrative section.

Some of the categories that can be recognized are awards, promotions and length of service.

For more information about the programs, contact the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office at (608) 388-2769.


2008 CFC donations top $38,000 mark  [ back to top ]

Members of the Fort McCoy community contributed $38,788 to the 2008 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), which was held during November.

This was almost $4,000 more than the 2007 total of $34,795. The CFC is the only authorized annual fund-raising campaign in the federal work force.

Anyone who still wishes to contribute is advised to deal directly with the organizations. Fort McCoy is part of the Badgerland CFC organization. More information about this organization is available at the Web site http://www.badgerlandcfc.org.

More information about the CFC also is available at the Web site at http://www.opm.gov/cfc/.


Nominations sought for veterans achievements  [ back to top ]

MADISON, Wis. (Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs) — The Wisconsin Board of Veterans Affairs is seeking nominations for its Veterans Lifetime Achievement Award to be presented at its meeting Feb. 20 in Madison.

The Veterans Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes Wisconsin veterans who have compiled a record of exemplary service as a military servicemember, a veteran, and as a citizen during the veteran’s lifetime.

The February 2009 award recipient will be selected from among nominations received for veterans residing in counties located in the southwest region of Wisconsin (Adams, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa, Juneau, Lafayette, La Crosse, Marquette, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, Vernon, Waushara counties). Nominations for the Board’s February 2009 meeting must be postmarked no later than Thursday, Jan. 15.

For more information about the lifetime achievement award, to include past recipients and nomination forms, visit online at http://www.wisvets.com/boardaward, or call the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs at (608) 266-1315.


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