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January 11, 2013

News Notes

Christmas Around the World

Youth in the Fort McCoy Child, Youth & School Services School Age and Youth Program participated in a Christmas Around the World event. Here a youth fashions a Ukrainian spider and spider web. Other activities included making South African paper chains and Danish woven hearts. The event, which was part of after-school activities, helped build awareness of other cultures and diversity and taught youth to respect other people.

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Land Assault challenge under way at fitness center  [ back to top ]
The Land Assault challenge is under way at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

Participants who attend 20 fitness classes between now and Feb. 28 will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $150 Valley View Mall gift card.

The challenge is open to all fitness center patrons. To register, visit the fitness center. For more information, call 608-388-2290.


Nonappropriated fund items for sale Jan. 15, 22 at McCoy  [ back to top ]
Cash-and-carry sales of surplus nonappropriated fund items will be held Tuesdays Jan. 15 and 22 at building 643 at Fort McCoy.

The sales open at 8 a.m. to Common Access Card holders, military personnel and military retirees with a valid ID, and at 9 a.m. to the general public.

The sales will end at noon.

Sale items include TVs, recliners, micro-fridges, coffee makers, furniture, beds and much more. Items are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, must be paid for by cash or check and must be picked up at the time of purchase.

For information, call 608-388-4397.


Coupon class Jan. 17 at Community Activity Center  [ back to top ]
A class to teach the most effective uses of coupons to save money will be held Thursday, Jan. 17 at 4:30 p.m. at the Community Activity Center, building 2000, at Fort McCoy. The class is open to authorized patrons.

Participants will learn the ins and outs of coupon use, including why stores refuse to accept coupons; five ways to reduce frustration while using coupons; the top websites for printable coupons; hints for cutting grocery bills; how to organize coupons; and coupon sources that are not well known or may not be obvious to most people.

Copies of weekly and monthly meal planning and build-a-budget worksheets also will be available.

Registration is requested by Tuesday, Jan. 15. For more information, call 608-388-3213/4161.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day event set for Jan. 17  [ back to top ]
A Martin Luther King Jr. Day event will be held Thursday, Jan. 17 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at McCoy’s, building 1571.

The guest speaker presentation, by Gerald Baldner, begins at noon.

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

Rail Jam set for Jan. 19 at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area  [ back to top ]
Whitetail Ridge Ski Area’s Rail Jam will be held Saturday, Jan. 19. The Ski Area is open to the public.

The terrain park will open for practice runs at 10 a.m. with registration at 10:15 a.m. Terrain park lessons are from noon-1 p.m. The Best Board contest is at 1 p.m., the Snowboard Jam at 1:30 p.m. and the Ski Jam at 2:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded.

Other event highlights include music, free hot chocolate, door prizes, and lunch specials.

For more information, call 608-388-3517.


Basic Safety Training class Jan. 23 at Fort McCoy  [ back to top ]
The Fort McCoy Installation Safety Office (ISO) will offer a Basic Safety Training course Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in building 2113, classroom 132.

The course was developed as follow-on training to the Supervisor Orientation: Safety-Occupational Health & Workers’ Compensation Programs. Course work will provide an overview of the responsibilities of the supervisor as well as the collateral duty safety representative.

Training focuses on inspections, job hazard analysis, and accident investigation as the three methods of identifying hazards, coupled with control measures for those hazards. Ergonomics, machinery and machine guarding, and personal protective equipment will be discussed.

Enrollment is requested by Friday, Jan. 18.

Additional courses will be scheduled based on interest. Personnel who are interested, but cannot attend Jan. 23 can call Deb Heise-Clark, ISO safety specialist.

For more information about safety training at Fort McCoy, contact Heise-Clark at 608-388-6450 or send e-mails to debra.l.heise-clark.civ@mail.mil.


Online training available at Army Safety website  [ back to top ]
Members of the Fort McCoy work force can take a number of safety courses or training online.

Army Training Requirements and Resources System courses available on the Army Learning Management System include: Composite Risk Management Basic , Composite Risk Management Civilian Basic, Commanders Safety Course, Additional Duty Safety Course and Injury Prevention Through Leadership.

For more information about the training, go to the website https://safety.army.mil/Portals/training/DISTANCELEARNINGONLINETRAINING/tabid/1210/Default.aspx

The online Army Accident avoidance Course also is available at the website https://safety.army.mil/Portals/training/DISTANCELEARNINGONLINETRAINING/tabid/1210/Default.aspx by clicking on accident avoidance course.


Family Advocacy Program Brief set for Jan. 23  [ back to top ]
A Family Advocacy Program Brief will be held Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 9-11 a.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

Army Regulation 608-18 mandates that all commanders and command senior noncommissioned officer advisors receive the brief within 90 days of assuming command and annually thereafter.

Registration is required by Wednesday, Jan 16.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-3505.


PWOC Spring Bible Study class begins Jan. 23  [ back to top ]
The Fort McCoy Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC) will hold a Spring Bible Study entitled “James, Mercy Triumphs.”

This PWOC Bible Study will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Chapel Center, building 2675 and run for eight weeks.
Each session will run from 9-11 a.m. Childcare will be provided for preschoolers.

Topics in the study include joy, hardship, faith, reversal of fortunes for the rich and the poor, wisdom, gifts from above, single-mindedness, the dangers of the tongue, humility and prayer.

For more information, call Julie Raub at 608-269-0467 or Shawn Mosley at 608-366-1349.


Garrison commander to brief garrison work force Jan. 24  [ back to top ]

Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Steven W. Nott will present his Briefing to the Garrison Work Force Thursday, Jan. 24 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at building 905.

The briefing, which will last approximately two hours, is open to garrison Department of Defense civilian and garrison military personnel.

Transportation will be available through the Transportation Motor Pool. Buses will begin pickup approximately 30 minutes before each session.


Winter Extravaganza Jan. 26 at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area [ back to top ]

Winter Extravaganza events will be held at Fort McCoy’s Whitetail Ridge Ski Area Saturday, Jan. 26 from 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. The skiing/snowboarding and snow-tubing slopes will be open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

The event is open to the public. Specials will include $20 lift tickets, $10 tubing passes, and $20 ski lessons ($30 with equipment rental). Equipment rental is available on site.

A Snow Adventure Race will begin at 9 a.m. Registration is required by 8:30 a.m., with a $15 entry fee. A hot-dog eating contest will begin at 3:30 p.m. (requires a $5 fee).

Other events, which are free except for equipment rental/lift fees (where applicable), include a Rail Jam and Big Air event, a snow pile dig, an obstacle course, a gunnysack race and a slalom race.

Door prizes will be available from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. A DJ will perform from 4-8 p.m. For more information, call 608-388-3517/4498. 


Valentine’s Day Card workshop set for Jan. 26, Feb. 2  [ back to top ]
A Family Valentine’s Day Card workshop will be offered Jan. 26 or Feb. 2 from 9-11:30 a.m. at building 1130.

Family members will spend time together making Valentine’s Day cards. All supplies will be provided.

Class sizes are limited. A minimum of one adult and one child per Family is required to register. Registration is required by Jan. 22.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-3505.


Murder Mystery Dinner Theater at McCoy’s Jan. 31, Feb. 1  [ back to top ]
A Murder Mystery Dinner Theater will be held at McCoy’s, building 1571, Thursday, Jan. 31 and Friday, Feb. 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. both nights.

The performance is called “Murder Two Point Uh-Oh!” The show is written by Darryl Allara and Kenneth Freehill and is described as matrimony, mystery and mayhem surrounding a happy-to-hysterical, high-wire interactive comedy mystery dinner theater.

Tickets are available at McCoy’s, building 1571, cost $20 each and include a turkey and roast pork buffet. The event is open to the public.

Tickets also will be available online at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/mccoyrectrac.html.  
Doors for the performances will open at 5:30 p.m. Attendees from off post must be prepared to show a photo ID at the Main Gate.

For more information, call 608-388-2065.


Volunteers needed for Murder Mystery theater  [ back to top ]

Volunteers are needed to work together as a production team and as part of the Murder Mystery Dinner Theater “Murder Two Point Uh-Oh!” show.

Participants must commit and be available for a workshop week, rehearsals Jan. 28-31 at 5 p.m. (before the show Jan. 31) and the performances Jan. 31-Feb. 1.

Youth, under the direct supervision of their parents, guardians or authorized adults, can participate. No prior experience is necessary.

For more information about volunteering or questions about the event, call Sheila Peterson at 608-388-4161. 


2013 publication schedule for The Real McCoy  [ back to top ]
This is the first issue of The Real McCoy for 2013.

The Real McCoy is published on the second and fourth Fridays of each month, except for December. Submissions are required the Wednesday of the week prior to publication, unless otherwise noted.

The Real McCoy 2013 publication dates, followed by deadlines in parenthesis, are:
Jan. 25 (Jan. 16);
Feb. 8 (Jan. 30); Feb. 22 (Feb. 13);
March 8 (Feb. 27); March 22 (March 13);
April 12 (April 3); April 26 (April 17);
May 10 (May 1);May 24 (May 15);
June 14 (June 5); June 28 (June 19);
July 12 (Tuesday, July 2); July 26 (July 17);
Aug. 9 (July 31); Aug. 23 (Aug. 14);
Sept.13 (Sept. 4); Sept. 27 (Sept. 18);
Oct. 11 (Oct. 2); Oct. 25 (Oct. 16);
Nov. 8 (Oct. 30); Nov. 22 (Nov. 13);
Dec. 13 (Dec. 4).

Additionally, the annual Fort McCoy Guide will be printed for distribution in May.

To submit items for consideration in The Real McCoy, call the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office (PAO) prior to submission. All submissions must include the name of the writer and/or photographer and complete contact information.

PAO staff reserves the right to verify the clearance of stories/photos, determine suitability for publication and to edit material to match the Associated Press Stylebook standards, etc.

Submissions can be e-mailed to usarmy.mccoy.imcom-northeast.list.pao-admin@mail.mil, mailed to the Public Affairs Office, 100 E. Headquarters Road, Fort McCoy, WI54656-5263 or brought to the Fort McCoy PAO, building 100.

People interested in placing ads in The Real McCoy can contact the River Valley Newspaper Group at 608-786-1950. For more information, call the PAO at 608-388-4128/2769.



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