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January 27, 2012

News Notes

HHC, USAG open house

Capt. Matthew Wright (left) gives a tour of the renovated Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison (HHC, USAG), Fort McCoy facility to John Timm. A Jan. 19 open house was held at the HHC, USAG facility and also at the renovated facilities for the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security.

Photo by Rob Schuette

PHOTO: Capt. Matthew Wright (left) gives a tour of the renovated Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort McCoy facility. Photo by Rob Schuette
Garrison commander to brief Garrison Work Force Feb. 16  [ back to top ]
Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser will present his final Briefing to the Garrison Work Force Thursday, Feb. 16 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at building 60.

The briefing, which will last approximately 90 minutes, is open to garrison Department of Defense civilian and garrison military personnel.

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


Winter Extravaganza set for 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.


50/50 Bowling punch cards on sale through Jan. 31  [ back to top ]

50/50 Bowling special punch cards are available for purchase through Tuesday, Jan. 31. The punch cards are valid through Saturday, March 31 at Thunder Bowl Bowling Center at McCoy’s, building 1571.

Fifty games of bowling can be purchased for 50 cents apiece.

Some restrictions may apply.

To purchase punch cards visit McCoy’s, or for more information, call 608-388-7060. 


Sponsorship training set for Feb. 7 at ACS  [ back to top ]
Sponsorship training will be held Tuesday, Feb. 7 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, commander responsibilities and e-sponsorship.

For more information or to register, call ACS at 608-388-3505. Register no later than Tuesday, Jan. 31.


Character Strengths workshop offered Feb. 9 at ACS  [ back to top ]
A Building Character Strengths workshop will be held Thursday, Feb. 9 from 8 a.m.-noon at the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, building 2111.

The workshop will help attendees identify strengths in themselves and others, and identify the shadow side of signature strengths to improve teamwork and overcome challenges.

To register, call 608-388-3505 by Feb. 2.


Ain’t Your Mama’s Chili Cook-off event being held Feb. 11 [ back to top ]

An Ain’t Your Mama’s Chili Cook-off event will be held Saturday, Feb. 11 from 1-2 p.m. at the Whitetail Ridge Ski Area Chalet. The event is open to the public.

Chili entries will be judged on color, aroma, consistency, and taste. The winner will receive a $50 gift card.

To register call 608-388-3200 or visit the website https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/mccoyrectrac.html. Participants must be registered by 12:30 p.m., Feb. 11.  


Family Celebrations workshop set for Feb. 11, 18  [ back to top ]
Family Celebrations workshops will be offered Feb. 11 and 18 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at building 1130. Each session is open to all Families registered in the Fort McCoy Family Focus program.

Families will design a binder to record upcoming Family celebrations and create greeting cards for those celebrations. All supplies including rubber stamp art, stickers and more will be furnished.

To register, or for more information about the Family Focus program, call 608-388-3505. Register by Friday, Feb. 3.


Moonlight Ski event at Whitetail Ridge Feb. 14  [ back to top ]

A Moonlight Cross-Country Ski event will be held Tuesday, Feb. 14 from dark-10 p.m. at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area. The event is free and open to the public.

More than five miles of cross-country ski trails will be marked by luminaries. Complimentary hot chocolate will be available to participants. Equipment rental is available.

For more information, call 608-388-3517. 


Indoor triathlon set for Feb. 16 at Rumpel Fitness Center  [ back to top ]

An indoor triathlon event will be held Thursday, Feb. 16 at the Fort McCoy Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122, for authorized patrons.

The event will be comprised of swimming for 10 minutes, running for 20 minutes and biking for 30 minutes. The distances from all three activities will be combined to determine places.

The first-place male and female finishers will receive a two-night cabin stay at Pine View Campground.

The second-place male and female finishers will receive four tubing passes to the Whitetail Ridge Ski Area.

For more information or a time slot, call 608-388-2290. 


Black History Month observance set for Feb. 23  [ back to top ]
A Black History Month observance will be held Thursday, Feb. 23 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at McCoy’s, building 1571. The guest speaker presentation begins at noon.

The guest speakers are Dr. Charles R. Martin-Stanley and Barbara Martin-Stanley. Charles Martin-Stanley is an associate dean at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse (UW-L) who provides leadership in the areas of diversity and assessment. Barbara Martin-Stanley is a Diversity Admissions counselor at UW-L and is dedicated to helping UW-L realize its commitment to diversity through her work with the Master of Education Professional Development Program.

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


AFTB training workshops offered in February at ACS  [ back to top ]
The Army Family Team Building (AFTB) program will present several training opportunities in February. The workshops will be held Wednesdays at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

Stress Management and Acknowledging Change will be held Feb. 15 from 8-11 a.m. Topics include defining and identifying symptoms of stress, stress-management techniques, the four phases of change, and strategies to overcome the tendency to resist change. The registration deadline is Feb. 10.

Communication Skills for Leaders will be held Feb. 22 from 8-9:30 a.m. Participants will learn to effectively communicate as a leader, assess their communication skills and determine areas for improvement. The registration deadline is Feb. 17.

Managing Group Conflict Skills will be held Feb. 29 from 8-9:30 a.m. Participants will assess their personal approach to conflict and recognize when to apply other conflict-management styles in group situations. The registration deadline is Feb. 24.

To register or for more information, call 608-388-3505.


Child Development Center has day care openings  [ back to top ]
The Fort McCoy Child Development Center, building 1796, has openings for infant to preschool age children.

The facility is funded by the Army Family Covenant and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of the Young Child.

Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks are provided. Developmentally appropriate activities are available.

A sliding fee scale is based on household income for authorized patrons.

For more information, call 608-388-2238.


Leisure Travel Service Office offers help with vacation plans  [ back to top ]
The Fort McCoy Leisure Travel Service Office, building 2000, can help authorized patrons with their vacation plans.

The office has information about the Armed Forces Vacation Club, which features more than 200,000 accommodations in more than 100 countries, including the U.S., Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Italy.

For more information, call 608-388-3213/3011.



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