Photo by Tom Michele, Eagle Systems & Services
library, a music room, DVD and video game check-out, television and
movie rooms and 24 computers with Internet access are all available
seven-days-a-week for authorized visitors at the Fort McCoy Community
Activity Center (CAC).
building 2000, is just one of the several large outlets for patrons to
use during their off-duty hours, according to Jobi Spolum, Marketing
director of the Fort McCoy Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and
Spc. William Watt gets in some
computer work while relaxing during his off-duty time at the
Fort McCoy Community Activity Center. Watt, training at Fort
McCoy to deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with
the 1037th Engineer Company, was studying a National Guard
assistance program and also reading some e-mail.
center is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven-days-a-week, designed to be
available when Soldiers training at Fort McCoy may have at least a few
hours off from military training duties.
CAC is a good outlet for Soldiers to relax and enjoy these (off-duty)
activities,” Spolum said. “That’s what MWR is all about, to provide many
leisure, quality-of-life activities for Soldiers.”
Peterson CAC director, noting that more than 10,000 Soldiers visited the
center this past July, and 11,000 in August, said the center is open to
Soldiers, training or staff, Department of Defense civilians,
contractors and their families.
said the center’s library provides paperback books for Soldiers to take
and not necessarily return, “especially mobilizing Soldiers. We have
about 10 shelves with paperbacks.”
computers “are for leisure use, not for official duty,” Peterson said,
“and Soldiers use them a lot. The computer room is very popular.”
arcade has six video games, including Buck Hunter as the most popular.
The CAC also offers three pool tables, ping-pong tables, foosball
tables, a 22-foot shuffle board, poker tables and dozens of board games,
particularly chess and checkers, with several tables set up to
especially accommodate board-game players.
are video game and DVD rentals for use in the building or to take out of
the building. For people wanting to exercise, there are three stationary
bicycles and four elliptical training machines at the center.
center conducts special events to include video game, pool and ping-pong
tournaments, all in evening time periods most likely accessible for
off-duty Soldiers. Texas Hold-Em Poker Tournaments are held every
movies are shown at 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays year-round, with
popcorn served. “We show current movies — new releases — out of the
theaters but not yet on DVD,” Peterson said.
Available during the somewhat more pleasant time of the year are two
outdoor patio areas to relax at, and where there are gas grills, picnic
tables, a sand volleyball court and two horseshoe pits.
leisure travel service is co-located in the building.
Rustic Inn restaurant, a separate Army Air Force Exchange Service
entity, is adjacent to the activity center.
Information about the
center’s programs is available on-line at
or by calling 608-388-3213.