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January 25, 2013

News Notes


Martin Luther King Jr. event

Gerald Baldner, the keynote speaker for Fort McCoy’s observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, tells members of the audience about successful servant leadership. Baldner has taught in the social work and psychology departments at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University, has started 10 successful businesses and has written two books, including “Successful Servant Leadership.” Barbara Martin-Stanley, a diversity admissions counselor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, sang the song “Wind Beneath My Wings” in recognition of the observance. For more information about ethnic observances at Fort McCoy, call the Equal Opportunity adviser at 608-388-3246. 

Photo by Rob Schuette

PHOTO: Gerald Baldner speaks at Fort McCoy’s observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Photo by Rob Schuette
Winter Extravaganza at Whitetail Ridge Jan. 26  [ 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.


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, “Murder Two Point Uh-Oh!,” 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 can be purchased at McCoy’s, building 1571, for $20 and include a turkey and roast pork buffet. The event is open to the public.

Tickets also are 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. 


McCoy’s open Feb. 3 for Super Bowl Sunday   [ back to top ]

McCoy’s, building 1571, will be open Sunday, Feb. 3 for Super Bowl XLVII from 4 p.m. until the game ends. Primo’s Express, located inside of McCoy’s, will be open from 4- 8:30 p.m.

Kickoff time will be at approximately 5:30 p.m. Central Time.

For more information, call McCoy’s at 608-388-2065. 


February Thaw 5K Run/Walk Feb. 6 at Rumpel Fitness Center  [ back to top ]
A February Thaw 5K Run/Walk will be held Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 11:30 a.m. at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

The run is free and open to all authorized fitness center patrons.

Prizes will be awarded to first- and second-place male and female finishers.

Registration is required by 11 a.m. the day of the race. Register at the fitness center or at the website https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/mccoyrectrac.html.

For more information, call 608-388-3200.


Sponsorship training set for Feb. 12 at ACS  [ back to top ]
Sponsorship training will be held Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 10-11 a.m. at the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, building 2111 at Fort McCoy.

Sponsorship is a commander’s program that assists Soldiers, civilian employees and Families during the reassignment process, and improves unit or organizational cohesion and readiness.

Training topics include regulations and forms, program entitlements, types of sponsorship, sponsor responsibilities, and commander responsibilities.

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

Register no later than one week prior to the training.


Lego building competition at Community Activity Center  [ back to top ]
A Lego building competition will be held at the Community Activity Center (CAC), building 2000, for authorized youth and adult CAC patrons.

Participants will submit their Lego creation that incorporates an Army or Army Family theme to the CAC Tuesday, Feb. 12 between 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The piece must fit into a 24-inch by 24-inch square.

Participants will compete in one of three age categories — 4 to 6 year olds, 7 to 10 year olds, and 11 and up. The event is free.
Any authorized CAC patron can participate in the judging by voting for their favorite creation Feb. 13-16 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded to first and second place in each category.

For more information, call 608-388-3213.


Commander’s call set for Feb. 13 at McCoy’s  [ back to top ]
The next commander’s call is Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 4-6:30 p.m. at McCoy’s, building 1571. The event is open to all tenants and directorates, military ranks and civilians.

The event provides an opportunity for members of the Fort McCoy community and Garrison Command Group to come together in an atmosphere of camaraderie, good fellowship, and social rapport.

It allows time for members to network, share issues, or to get acquainted with other associates.


Emergency Management exercise Vigilant Triad 2013 set for Feb. 13  [ back to top ]
Fort McCoy will conduct an Emergency Management Exercise starting at approximately 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13.

The exercise, Vigilant Triad 2013, is part of a continuing 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 hurricane damage to military facilities along the East Coast over the past few years continue to show the importance of practicing emergency response.

Various scenarios will be conducted in the cantonment area to test the installation’s capabilities and allow evaluators to critique performance.

During the course of the exercise, Fort McCoy personnel and residents may expect changes to traffic patterns, closed roads and other delays in the cantonment area.

Personnel and residents at Fort McCoy also may hear “Giant Voice” announcements, as well as receive e-mail alerts concerning 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.


Recruiter Spouse Seminar offered Feb. 15 at ACS  [ back to top ]

The Enlisted Spouse Series: Recruiter Spouse Seminar will be held Friday, Feb. 15 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

The seminar is designed to help equip spouses of recruiters with the tools and information needed for a successful tour while their Soldier is on recruiting duty. The goal is to encourage self-reliant, informed, empowered, and proactive spouses by helping the spouse and Family prepare for the assignment.

Registration is required by Feb. 6. For more information or to register, call 608-388-3505.


Military Children Scholarship application deadline Feb. 22  [ back to top ]

The application deadline for the 2013 Scholarships for Military Children program is Friday, Feb. 22.

Applications are available at local Commissaries, including the Fort McCoy Commissary, building 1537, and at the Scholarships for Military Children website at www.militaryscholar.org.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that their application is received at a commissary by close of business, Feb. 22. Note that this is not a postmark deadline date. There will be no exceptions made to the deadline date. The Fort McCoy Commissary closes at 6 p.m. Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.

Scholarships are open to qualified dependents of U.S. military ID card holders to include active, Reserve, Guard and retired military personnel.

More details about eligibility and the application process can be found at the Military Scholar website, or through a link at www.commissaries.com.

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


Next Newcomer Orientation set for March 13  [ back to top ]
The next newcomer orientation is set for Wednesday, March 13 from 8:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

The orientation for new installation personnel and their spouses provides information about services and facilities at Fort McCoy. A bus tour of installation facilities also is included.

Childcare may be provided on a space-available basis with a one-week advance notice.

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



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