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News Notes

Instructor Trainer Course

Nina Fowler of the 88th Regional Support Command facilitates an Instructor Trainer Course at Army Community Service (ACS). The course qualified attendees to be instructors for the Army Family Team Building Program. For more information about ACS programs, call 608-388-3505.

Photo by Rob Schuette


PHOTO: Nina Fowler of the 88th Regional Support Command facilitates an Instructor Trainer Course at Army Community Service. Photo by Rob Schuette
Winter Extravaganza event set 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 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/.


VITA appointments available beginning Feb. 1  [ back to top ]
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program appointments in the Fort McCoy community currently are being accepted, 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.


Ping-Pong tournaments to be held Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 2  [ back to top ]

Ping-pong tournaments will be held Wednesdays, Feb. 2 - 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Activity Center, building 2000.

The best two-out-of-three winners will advance to the next round of competition. Prizes will be awarded to the first-and-second place winners each night of competition.

Registration must be completed prior to the event at the Community Activity Center front desk.

For more information, call 608-388-3213.


Black History Month observance to be held Feb. 3 at McCoy’s  [ back to top ]

A Black History Month observance will be hosted by the Fort McCoy Equal Opportunity Office Thursday, Feb. 3 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at McCoy’s, building 1571. The guest speaker presentation begins at noon.

Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton is an associate professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire who holds a doctorate in African American and Military History; she joined the history department in 1993. She has been involved actively in numerous campus and community events including coordinating African American History Month and Martin Luther King Jr. Day events at the university and serving as a consultant to the Chippewa Valley Museum.

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


McCoy’s, Community Activity Center to host Super Bowl broadcasts  [ back to top ]
Super Bowl XLV can be watched Sunday, Feb. 6 at McCoy’s, building 1571, and the Community Activity Center, building 2000, at Fort McCoy.

Kickoff time will be at approximately 5:25 p.m. Central Time at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
McCoy’s will open at 3:30 p.m. and offer door prizes and hot-dog and beverage specials.

The Community Activity Center, will open at 11 a.m. Both facilities have large-screen televisions.

For more information, call McCoy’s at 608-388-2065 or the Community Activity Center at 608-388-3213.


Sponsorship Training set for Feb. 8 at Army Community Service  [ back to top ]
Sponsorship Training will be held Tuesday, Feb. 8 from 10 – 11 a.m. at Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111.

Sponsorship is a commander’s program that assists Soldiers, civilian employees and Families during the reassignment process; assists Families who are geographically separated from their sponsor for duty requirements, 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 one week prior to the training.

Units may schedule unit sponsorship training by completing the Training Request Form six weeks in advance. Forms are available at http://mccoymwr.com/soldier-family-programs/army-community-service.html under the ACS Links section.

After Feb. 8, the next scheduled Sponsorship training will be held Tuesday, May 3.


Newcomer’s Orientation set for Feb. 9 8:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  [ back to top ]

The next Fort McCoy Newcomer’s Orientation will be Wednesday, Feb. 9 from 8:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Army Community Service, building 2111.

The orientation is open to all new installation personnel and their spouses.

Newcomer’s Orientation provides briefings by representatives from various installation activities regarding offered services and includes a tour of the installation. Childcare may be provided on a space-available basis for authorized personnel; a one-week advance notice is required.

To register, call 608-388-3505, or to register online, visit http://mccoymwr.com/acs-class-registration-form.html.


Care Team Training to be held Feb. 10  [ back to top ]
Care Team Training will be held Thursday, Feb. 10 from 8 – 10 a.m. at Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111.

When a casualty occurs within a unit, the commander may activate a Care Team based on the affected Family’s needs and request for support. This training will assist commands in recruiting volunteers, as well as educating current and potential volunteers on the roles and responsibilities associated with belonging to a unit’s Care Team.

Register by calling ACS at 608-388-3505 no later than Feb. 7.


Wiffleball tournament to be Feb. 10 at Rumpel Fitness Center  [ back to top ]

A wiffleball tournament will be held Thursday, Feb. 10 at 5:15 p.m. at Rumpel Fitness Center, building, 1122.

Teams will consist of four members with one substitute. The tournament must have a minimum of four teams participating with a maximum of eight teams. The tournament is open to authorized fitness center patrons 18 and older. Patrons who sign up as individuals will be placed on a team.

Registration forms, available at the Rumpel Fitness Center front desk, must be turned into the fitness center by Tuesday, Feb. 8. For more information, call 608-388-2290.


Building an Effective Team training set for Feb. 16  [ back to top ]

Army Family Team Building will present Building an Effective Team training Wednesday, Feb. 16 from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Army Community Service, building 2111.

Topics include building cohesive teams, team dynamics, leadership-assisted problem-solving skills, and coaching and mentoring.

Register no later than Friday, Feb. 11 by calling 608-388-3505.


Defense Travel System class schedule announced  [ back to top ]
The Lead Defense Travel administrator offers three classes monthly.

The Defense Travel System (DTS) Approval Process and Travel Policy class is held the first Wednesday each month from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. This class explains how to review/approve documents using DTS and the sources of Department of Defense (DoD) Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel Policy. The class topics include roles and responsibilities of a reviewing official, the route- and-review process, reviewing/approving screens, delegating signature authority, and sources of DoD TDY travel policy.

The DTS TDY Documents class is held the second Wednesday and Thursday each month from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. This two-day class explains how to create authorizations and vouchers. Class topics include introduction to DTS, DTS login and self-registration, DTS users, navigating DTS, Enterprise Web Training System, authorizations, and vouchers. This class also provides hands-on experience by creating authorizations and vouchers in class.

The Defense Travel Administrator Maintenance Tool Overview class is held the fourth Wednesday each month from 8 a.m. – noon. The class topics include DTS permission levels, organizations, routing lists groups, people, and lines of accounting.

Classes are open to military and DoD civilian personnel. Registration is required no later than five days before the class start date. Class sizes are limited. To register, e-mail name, unit, phone number, and class to maryjo.stremcha@us.army.mil. For more information, call 608-388-6299.


Military OneSource to offer tax assistance to military personnel  [ back to top ]
The Military OneSource Tax Program is under way. The program provides free access to a customized version of the basic H&R Block at HomeŽ electronic-tax-filing product to military personnel and their Family members.

For more information, visit the website http://www.militaryonesource.com/MOS/FindInformation/Category/TaxFilingServices.aspx.


Mystery theater seeks actors for interactive comedy at McCoy’s Feb. 24-25  [ back to top ]
A casting call for Murder 101, an interactive, comedy, murder-mystery dinner production currently is under way.
The performance centers on a class reunion of a closing high school.

As various alumni gather to say goodbye to their beloved alma mater, old rivalries and new alliances add up to an evening of murder and mayhem.

Cast members do not need to have formal acting experience. Everyone in the Fort McCoy community, including Family members, is eligible to be a cast member.

Cast members must be available for all rehearsal and performance times. Rehearsals will be held Feb. 21-24 in the evening for two to four hours. Performance dates are Feb. 24 and 25.

Performers won’t be paid, but cast members will receive dinner on performance nights.

To be part of the cast, e-mail name, address, cell and work phone numbers, and age, if younger than 18, to sheila.peterson@us.army.mil by Feb. 11.For more information, call 608-388-4161.



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