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Army Community Service information

Lori Enghusen of Fort McCoy’s Army Community Service (ACS) Center shares information about ACS programs with Soldiers at the Fort McCoy Exchange. ACS provides services that assist in maintaining the readiness of individuals, Families and communities within the Army. For more information, call ACS at 608-388-3505.

Photo by Rob Schuette 

PHOTO: Lori Enghusen of Fort McCoy’s Army Community Service (ACS) Center shares information about ACS programs with Soldiers at the Fort McCoy Exchange. Photo by Rob Schuette
Commander’s briefing to garrison work force set for Jan. 20  [ back to top ]
The annual Fort McCoy Garrison Commander’s Briefing to the Work Force will be presented Thursday, Jan. 20 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at building 60.

The briefing is open to garrison federal military and civilian employees.

The briefing will last approximately 90 minutes.

Transportation will be 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.


U.S. Army Soldier Show accepting nominations for 2011 tour  [ back to top ]

The 2011 U.S. Army Soldier Show is accepting nomination packages for performers and technicians. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Performer nominations are being accepted for vocalists, dancers, musicians, and specialty acts.

Technician nominations are being accepted for lighting, audio, video, costuming and stage technicians.

For information on nomination packages or requirements visit the website: http://www.armymwr.com/recleisure/entertainment/soldiershow/audition_info.aspx.

In the Fort McCoy community, contact the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation office at 608-388-7400.


VITA to accept appointments for tax returns beginning Jan. 19 [ back to top ]

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program appointments in the Fort McCoy community can be requested starting Wednesday, Jan. 19, with the actual appointments scheduled Feb. 1-April 14.

The VITA program provides free federal and state tax preparation assistance and e-filing to authorized active-duty and retired military personnel and their Family members.

Appointments can be made by calling 608-388-2165.

For questions about the Fort McCoy program, call Rita Byers, the Fort McCoy VITA coordinator, at 608-388-4117. 


Valentine’s Day Card Stamping workshops to be held Jan. 22, 29  [ back to top ]
Valentine’s Day Card Stamping workshops will be held Jan. 22 and 29 from 9 – 11:30 a.m. in building 1130.

All materials and supplies needed for Families 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.

Class size is limited. Register for either session by calling Army Community Service at 608-388-3505.


American Red Cross Blood Drive set for Jan. 26 at fitness center  [ back to top ]
An American Red Cross blood drive will be held Wednesday, Jan. 26 from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

To schedule an appointment, visit the website http://www.redcrossblood.org/ or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).


Winter Extravaganza event set for Jan. 29 at Whitetail Ridge  [ back to top ]

Fort McCoy’s annual Winter Extravaganza at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area is Saturday, Jan. 29 from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Activities include an adventure race, pancake breakfast, snow tubing, skiing, slalom skiing, snowboard rail jam, snow-pile dig, obstacle course and a unit challenge tug-o-war.

Specials include free popcorn, discounted tubing and lift tickets, and door prizes. The event is open to the public.

Transportation will be available for Soldiers from McCoy’s Community Club to Whitetail Ridge at 8 and 11 a.m., and 2 and 5 p.m.

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


Resilience, the “Good Stuff” workshop Feb. 1-2 at ACS  [ back to top ]
A Resilience and the “Good Stuff” workshop will be held Feb. 1-2 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. both days at Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111.

The workshop will cover how to counter negativity bias, create positive emotion, and notice and analyze what is good.

Skills will be taught to enhance effectiveness and well-being by building mental toughness. Resilience and the competencies that contribute to it — self-awareness, self-regulation, optimism, mental agility, strengths of character, and connection — also will be covered.

Military spouses will have priority placement. Family Focus Program participants may receive Family Focus Franks.

For more information or to register, call ACS by Jan. 24 at 608-388-3505.


Punxsutawney Phil 5k run set for Feb. 2 at fitness center  [ back to top ]

A Punxsutawney Phil 5k run will be held on Groundhog’s Day, Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 11:30 a.m. at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

First-place male and female winners will receive a two night cabin stay at Pine View Campground. Second-place winners will receive a pizza and soda Family Pack from McCoy’s.

Registration is $10 for military personnel and $12 for civilians. Registration ends at 11 a.m. the day of the event. Register by Tuesday, Jan. 18 to receive a free T-shirt. Registration forms are available at the fitness center front desk.

For more information, call 608-388-2290. 


Resumix Builder workshop set for Feb. 15 at Fort McCoy  [ back to top ]

A Resumix Builder workshop will be held Tuesday, Feb. 15 from 1-3 p.m. at Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111.

The workshop will cover finding and applying for Department of Army civilian employment vacancies, Resumix Civilian Personnel Online system account set up, and tips on preparing resumes.

This training is open to the entire Fort McCoy community with priority placement given to military spouses.

To register, call ACS by Monday, Feb. 7 at 608-388-3505. 


Pine View Campground reservations being accepted [ back to top ]
Fort McCoy’s Pine View Campground is taking reservations for the 2011 camping season. Pine View is open to the public.
Military specials include a 29-foot onsite camper rental for seven consecutive days for $250. Other specials include reserve a campsite Friday and Saturday night and get Sunday night free, excluding holidays; and get a fifth night free with a consecutive four-night campsite reservation.

For more information, call 608-388-3517 or visit http://www.mccoymwr.com/. Reservations can be made by calling 608-388-3517 or 800-531-4703 or online through the webtrac system at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/mccoyrectrac.html.


ACS to offer Family time-capsule kits during February  [ back to top ]
Family time-capsule kits will be available throughout February at Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111. Families must be registered in the Family Focus program to receive a kit.

The kits have instructions on everything needed to create one-of-a-kind memories.

Time capsules must be shown to ACS by March 19 to receive 200 Family Focus Franks.

For more information, call ACS at 608-388-3505.


Latter-day Saints services now being held at Fort McCoy  [ back to top ]
Latter-day Saints sacramental services now are being held Sundays at 8 a.m. at Fort McCoy in the Fellowship Hall, building 2675.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of Sparta will host the services.

For more information, call the Fort McCoy Religious Support Office at 608-388-3528.


Combined Federal Campaign surpasses $38,000 at McCoy  [ back to top ]
The Fort McCoy community contributed $38,222 to the 2010 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/.




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