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February 08, 2013

News Notes

Thermal weapons training

An Army Reserve Soldier conducts new equipment training with thermal weapon sights for a .50 caliber machine gun at a Fort McCoy range. U.S. Army Reserve Command cadre coordinated the training to give the Soldiers experience using the equipment, which also included sighting and firing M4 rifles equipped with the thermal sight, in a cold-weather, snowy environment.

Photo by Rob Schuette

PHOTO: An Army Reserve Soldier conducts new equipment training with thermal weapon sights for a .50 caliber machine gun. Photo by Rob Schuette
Commander’s call rescheduled, new date Feb. 12  [ back to top ]
The February commander’s call has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 12 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.


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.


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, Texas, 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.


Valentine’s Day balloon bouquets available from McCoy’s  [ back to top ]
Valentine’s Day balloon bouquets are available from McCoy’s, building 1571. Bouquets are $10 each and can be delivered free on Fort McCoy.

Each bouquet includes four balloons and choice of a dozen cookies, a Valentine glass filled with candy or with a Valentine vase filled with artificial roses.

For more information or to place an order, call 608-388-2065. A limited supply is available. Order forms also are available online by going to http://www.mccoymwr.com/home/files/Flyers/Valentines_Order_Form.pdf and can be faxed to 608-388-7622.


Date Night specials offered at Whitetail Ridge Feb. 16  [ back to top ]

Whitetail Ridge Ski Area will host Date Night specials Saturday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

A buy-one-get-one-free special will be offered to couples who purchase lift- or tubing passes, or rent equipment.

Patrons must be at least 18 years old to be eligible.

Pizza and two sodas will be offered for $8. Couples also will be able to sign up to win a cabin stay at Pine View Campground.

Whitetail Ridge and Pine View both are open to the public.

For more information, call 608-388-3517.


National African American History Month event set for Feb. 21   [ back to top ]

The National African American History Month observance will be held Thursday, Feb. 21 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at McCoy’s, building 1571. The guest speaker presentation begins at noon.

The guest speaker is Rufus M. Parker a retired Army command sergeant major, author, and minister.

The theme of the event is “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.” For more information, call the Fort McCoy Garrison Equal Opportunity adviser at 608-388-3246.


Right Arm Night to be heldat McCoy’s Feb. 21  [ back to top ]
A Right Arm Night will be held Thursday, Feb. 21 at 4:30 p.m. at McCoy’s, building 1571. The event is open to everyone in the Fort McCoy and surrounding communities.

The Right Arm Night is an opportunity for bosses to invite their “right arms” — those who assist them — out for a relaxing night in a fun atmosphere. The event also is a great way to meet new people from other installation organizations and the local communities.

The beach-themed event will feature beverage specials, games, and camaraderie. Groups can create teams of four to compete in limbo, hula hoop, water relay race, beach ball relay and beach packing party contests. Register teams by calling 608-388-4161.

For more information about the event, call 608-388-2065.


Application deadline Feb. 22 for Military Children scholarships  [ 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.


Defense Travel System classes offered at McCoy  [ back to top ]

Defense Travel System (DTS) classes will be offered by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service Lead Defense Travel Administrator at Fort McCoy in building 50, Distance Learning classroom 3.

The DTS Temporary Duty (TDY) Documents class will be held Feb. 20-21 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. This two-day class explains how to create TDY authorizations and vouchers using hands-on training in the DTS Training Database. Topics include DTS definitions and acronyms, travel policy, and navigating DTS. This class is designed for beginner and intermediate DTS users. Registration is required by Feb. 14.

The DTS Approval Process and Travel Policy class will be held March 6 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. This one-day class explains the steps to approve DTS documents, TDY Travel policy and details the common rules to assist in the approval process.

Topics include regulations; approving official responsibilities, liabilities, and training; authorizations; and vouchers. Completion of the DTS TDY Documents class is highly suggested prior to attending. This class is for reviewing and approving officials. Registration is required by March 1.

Classes are open to military and Department of Defense civilian personnel. Class sizes are limited.

To register, e-mail name, unit, phone number, and class choice to mary.j.richmondstremcha.civ@mail.mil.

For more information, call 608-388-6299.


Money Smart workshop set for March 5  [ back to top ]
“Money Smart — Building Knowledge, Security, and Confidence” will be held Tuesday, March 5 from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

Workshop topics include an introduction to credit; how to keep track of your money; why you should save; how your credit history will affect your future; how to make a credit card work for you; and know what you’re borrowing before you buy.

Register by Wednesday, Feb. 27, by calling 608-388-3505.


Fitness challenge at Rumpel March through May   [ back to top ]
An Inch Your Way to Success fitness challenge will be offered at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

Participants will have their measurements taken Monday, March 11 and again Thursday, May 2.

The male and female who lose the most inches each will win a $75 Valley View Mall gift card.

Winners will be announced at the Wellness Fair Wednesday, May 8.

Participants will receive weekly e-mails/follow ups with the Fitness Center trainers throughout the challenge.
For more information, call 608-388-2290.



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