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January 13, 2012

News Notes

 
    

Dental deprocessing

Members of the Fort McCoy dental clinic gather at a staff assembly during a break from performing demobilization processing procedures. The dental activity at Fort McCoy provided support for the mobilization and demobilization effort at Fort McCoy, which ended Sept. 30. The dental mission ended Dec. 15, and dental personnel subsequently demobilized and returned to their home stations.

Photo by Tom Michele

PHOTO: Members of the Fort McCoy dental clinic gather at a staff assembly. Photo by Tom Michele
  
Body Recall under way at fitness center through March 1  [ back to top ]
The Body Recall challenge at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122 is under way until March 1.

Participants who attend 24 fitness classes will receive a prize. They also will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $200 gift card to Valley View Mall.

For more information, call 608-388-2290. A list of offered fitness classes is available at www.mccoymwr.com/rec-a-fitness/fitness.

 

Valentine’s Day Card Stamping workshops offered Jan. 21, 28  [ back to top ]
Valentine’s Day Card Stamping workshops will be offered Jan. 21 and 28 from 9-11:30 a.m. at building 1130.

All materials and supplies needed to make personalized Valentine’s Day cards will be provided.

The workshops are open to Families registered in the Family Focus Program. Each Family attending must include a minimum of one adult and one child.

Workshop sizes are limited. Call Army Community Service for more information about the Family Focus Program or to register for either session at 608-388-3505 by Jan. 16.

 

AFTB presents Jan. 25 Problem Solving Skills class  [ back to top ]
The Army Family Team Building program is offering a Leader Assisted Problem Solving Skills class Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

The class provides leaders with information to guide individuals and groups through the problem-solving process.
Register by Friday, Jan. 20 by calling 608-388-3505.

 

Vigilant Triad Exercise at Fort McCoy set for Jan. 26  [ back to top ]
Fort McCoy will conduct an Emergency Management Exercise Thursday, Jan. 26.

The exercise, Vigilant Triad 2012, is part of a sweeping effort by the Department of Defense to refine and improve emergency response to natural and man-made incidents. Disasters such as the Fort Hood shooting, the large tornado at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and the flooding of military facilities along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers last year continue to make emergency response important.

Various scenarios will be conducted across the cantonment area Jan. 26 to test the installation’s capabilities and allow evaluators to critique performance. During the course of the exercise, Fort McCoy personnel and residents can expect changes to traffic patterns, closed roads and other delays in the cantonment area. Personnel and residents may also hear “giant voice” announcements, as well as receive e-mail alerts concerning events on the installation.

Any questions can be directed to Lewis Evans of the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security Plans and Operations at 608-388-2302.

 

Winter Extravaganza event Jan. 28 at Whitetail Ridge  [ back to top ]

The annual Winter Extravaganza at Fort McCoy’s Whitetail Ridge Ski Area is Saturday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. The event is open to the public.

The ski hill opens at noon and the tubing hill at 12:30 p.m.

Activities include the Snow Adventure Race at 10 a.m., the snowboard rail jam at 1 p.m., snow-pile dig at 2 p.m., a slalom race at 2:30 p.m., and an obstacle course at 3:30 p.m. The four-phase Snow Adventure Race includes cross-country skiing followed by snowshoeing, tubing and running.

Participants can register the day of the event; the first 25 to register will receive a Winter Extravaganza T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded. Tubing and lift tickets will be discounted for the day.

For more information about Winter Extravaganza or Whitetail Ridge Ski Area, call 608-388-3517/4498 or visit www.mccoymwr.com.   

 

Family Financial Readiness class set for Jan. 31 [ back to top ]

Family Financial Readiness training will be held from 8-9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111, at Fort McCoy.

This course introduces basic money-management and financial-planning techniques. Registration requested by Jan. 25 by calling 608-388-3505.

Personal Financial Readiness Training also is available for first-term/initial-term Soldiers by individual appointment or for group/unit training.

An eight-hour training block is mandated per Army Regulation 608-1 for enlisted Soldiers in grades E1 to E4.

General classes about various financial topics, such as banking and credit union services, budget development and record keeping, debt liquidation, credit, consumer rights and obligations, insurance and personal finance also are available.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-6812. 

 

VITA Center to open Feb. 1 at Fort McCoy  [ back to top ]
The Fort McCoy Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Center is scheduled to open for tax filing Feb. 1 to assist authorized military personnel. Appointments are required and can be made starting the week of Jan. 23.

Personnel eligible to make appointments through the VITA program include active-duty and retired military personnel and their Family members.

VITA services are free and include federal and state income-tax preparation and e-filing services. Internal Revenue Service officials recommend e-filing income tax returns because the process gets refunds into taxpayers’ hands quicker, tends to be more accurate than manually filling out forms and mailing in the paperwork and gives taxpayers confirmation their tax returns have been received.

Rita Byers, Fort McCoy VITA coordinator, said personnel should assemble wage and tax-withholding statements (W-2s), any interest or dividends received (1099s), property taxes paid, and written records of any other itemized deductions, and all other pertinent tax documents to aid in preparing their income-tax returns. Anyone who e-filed last year should note they will not receive a paper Form 1099-G from the state for their unemployment and/or state tax refunds. However, taxpayers need to provide this information and should pull it from their state website before coming in.

Participants also should bring along copies of their last federal and state income-tax returns and any supporting documents. Personnel seeking tax assistance must provide the Social Security Cards for themselves, spouse if applicable, and all dependents listed on the tax return. No returns will be prepared this year without the Social Security Cards.

For more information about the Fort McCoy VITA program, call Byers at 608-388-4117. To make an appointment on or after Jan. 23, call 608-388-2165 and press “4” when prompted by the phone menu options.

 

Army Family Readiness Group training set for Feb. 6 at Fort McCoy  [ back to top ]
Army Family Readiness Group (FRG) operations training will be held from 8-11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6 at the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, building 2111.

Attendees will learn to heighten their awareness on how to properly start and sustain a successful FRG.

The in-depth class outlines the Army’s Regulations/Policies on the operation of running or being a part of an FRG.

The training is a great opportunity for a new commander or for a Family member to get started in an FRG, and the training also serves as a great refresher class for those who are rejoining FRGs.

Registration is requested by Feb 4, by calling ACS at 608-388-3505.

For more information about ACS programs, call ACS, visit the facility or view the ACS website at www.mccoymwr.com, under the Soldier and Family category.

 

Recruiting Partnership Council semiannual meeting Feb. 25  [ back to top ]
The Milwaukee Recruiting Battalion will host its semiannual Recruiting Partnership Council (RPC) meeting Saturday, Feb. 25 at building 90, Fort McCoy.

The RPC is a forum to establish a perpetual partnership, improve communications and synchronize recruiting efforts between U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Army Reserve units and the Army Reserve Careers division. The goal is to build on current relationships and improve mission accomplishment.

Attendees should bring unit annual planning calendars, a list of unit points of contact, and be prepared to discuss specific areas of interest and concern.

Instructions for RPC attendance are outlined in Army Regulation 601-2, para 8-2c(3).

Lodging can be coordinated with the Fort McCoy Lodging office at 608-388-2107 or 800-982-3585.

Attendees must RSVP no later than Feb. 6 to Master Sgt. John Lowery at the Milwaukee Recruiting Battalion at 414-815-5645, or john.lowery@usarec.army.mil.

 

Automotive Skills Center has new usage rates, fees in effect  [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Automotive Skills Center, building 1763, has new usage rates.

The usage rates range from $1 for oil filter disposal to $20 for a transmission flush. A complete listing of rates is available at www.mccoymwr.com/rec-a-fitness/auto-skills.html/ or by calling the Automotive Skills Center at 608-388-3013.

The Automotive Skills Center is open Monday, Thursday and Friday from 1-9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The center has eight self-service bays that include maintenance bays, lift bays, a welding bay, and a tire-changing bay. Patrons can perform work on their own vehicles including tire mounting/balancing, injector service, transmission service, and more. Auto repair manuals and individual instruction also are available. A large secure lot is available for those vehicles being left overnight.

For more information or to rent a bay, call 608-388-3013.  

 

Fort McCoy Woodshop volunteers needed  [ back to top ]
The Fort McCoy Woodshop is seeking volunteers to assist customers in wood crafting.

The Woodshop offers customers of all experience levels access to wood-craft equipment and classes. The Woodshop is available Tuesday-Thursday from 6-9 p.m.

For more information or to volunteer, call 608-388-6588.

 

Combined Federal Campaign surpasses $40,000 at McCoy   [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy community contributed $40,726 to the 2011 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).

The CFC is the only authorized annual fundraising campaign in the federal work force. More information about the CFC is available at http://www.opm.gov/cfc/

 

Scholarships for Military Children Program accepting applications  [ back to top ]

Applications for the 2012 Scholarships for Military Children Program are available at commissaries worldwide as well as online at www.commissaries.com and www.militaryscholar.org. Applications must be submitted by close of business Feb. 24.

For more information in the Fort McCoy community, visit the Commissary, building 1537, or call 608-388-3542.

Awards will be based on funds available, but the program awards at least one $1,500 scholarship to a student at each commissary.

Applicants must be a dependent, unmarried child no older than 21 (or 23, if enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university) of a servicemember on active duty, reservist, Guardsman, retiree or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty or survivor of a retiree. Eligibility is determined using the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) database.

The applicant also must be planning to attend or already attending an accredited college or university, full time, in the fall of 2012 or be enrolled in a program of studies designed to transfer directly into a four-year program.

Questions can be directed to Scholarship Managers at 856-616-9311 or by e-mail at militaryscholar@scholarshipmanagers.com

 

The Real McCoy publication, deadline dates for 2012 announced  [ back to top ]
This is the first issue of The Real McCoy for 2012.

The paper will be published the second and fourth Friday of each month excluding December. Submissions are required the Wednesday of the week prior to publication, unless otherwise noted.

The 2012 publication dates followed by deadlines in parenthesis for The Real McCoy are:

Jan. 27 (Jan. 18);
Feb. 10 (Feb. 1); Feb. 24 (Feb. 15);
March 9 (Feb. 29; March 23 (March 14);
April 13 (April 4); April 27 (April 18);
May 11 (May 2); May 25 (May 16);
June 8 (May 30); June 22 (June 13);
July 13 (Tuesday, July 3); July 27 (July 18);
Aug. 10 (Aug. 1); Aug. 24 (Aug. 15);
Sept. 14 (Sept. 5); Sept. 28 (Sept. 19);
Oct. 12 (Oct. 3); Oct. 26 (Oct 17);
Nov. 9 (Oct. 31); Nov. 23 (Nov. 14);
Dec. 14 (Dec. 5).

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 reserve the right to verify the clearance of stories/photos, determine suitability for publication and to edit material to match the Associated Press Stylebook newspaper style, etc.

   

 

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