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February 10, 2012

News Notes

Child Development Center

Erin Wazelle of the Fort McCoy Child Development Center (CDC) Brown Bear Room (a preschool classroom) observes and coordinates youth activities. The CDC currently has openings in the infant to preschool age categories. The facility is accredited by the National Association for the Education of the Young Child. For more information, call 608-388-8956.

Photo by Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation

PHOTO: Erin Wazelle of the Fort McCoy Child Development Center Brown Bear Room observes and coordinates youth activities. Photo by Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation
Balloon bouquets available at McCoy’s for Valentine’s Day [ 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 Teddy bear and a small bag of chocolates, glass candy dish filled with chocolates or a Valentine mug filled with candy.

For more information or to place an order, call 608-388-2065. Order forms also are available online by going to http://www.mccoymwr.com/images/stories/Flyers/ValentinesFin.pdf


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.


Sale of NAF items set for Feb. 15  [ back to top ]
A cash-and-carry sale of surplus nonappropriated fund items will be held Wednesday, Feb. 15 at building 1879.

The sale opens at 8 a.m. to military personnel and military retirees, with a valid ID, and at 9 a.m. to the general public. The sale ends at 3 p.m.

Items for sale include DVD/VHS players, lights/lamps, pictures, small appliances and more. Items are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Items must be paid for by cash or check and picked up at the time of purchase.

For more information, call 608-388-4397.


Garrison Commander to brief 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.


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

An indoor triathlon will be held Thursday, Feb. 16 at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

Participants will swim for 10 minutes, run for 20 minutes, and bike for 30 minutes. Distances from all three events will be combined to calculate the participant’s total distance. The male and female first-place participants will win a two-night cabin stay at Pine View Campground. Second-place male and female finishers will receive four tubing passes to Whitetail Ridge Ski Area.

The competition is free and open to all authorized fitness center patrons. Registration is currently being accepted and also will be accepted the day of the event.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-2290,


Spring Turkey Season applications available  [ back to top ]
Applications for the 2012 Fort McCoy Spring Turkey Season are available and can be postmarked beginning Feb. 17. Applications postmarked prior to this date will be returned.

Applications are available at the Fort McCoy public website, www.mccoy.army.mil; the Welcome Center, building 35; and the Permit Sales Office, building 2168. Completed applications must be submitted to the Fort McCoy Permit Sales Office through the mail.

Successful applicants will be notified and then can purchase their permit through any authorized WDNR Automated License Issuance System agent throughout Wisconsin or online through the WDNR Wisconsin’s Online Licensing Center.

All applicants must have a WDNR Customer Number when applying for a permit. For a Customer Number contact a WDNR Service Center or call the toll free number at 888-936-7463 (daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.).

For more information, call Permit Sales at 608-388-3337.


Internet Safety 101 class set for Feb. 22  [ back to top ]
Internet Safety 101: Helping Kids Surf Safely class will be offered Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

Class participants will learn online safety tips, how to communicate rules that will help secure personal information, and how to make sure children surf the Web safely.

The workshop is open to the entire Fort McCoy community and their Families. Registration is required by Wednesday, Feb. 15.

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


AFTB training workshops offered in February at ACS [ back to top ]

The Army Family Team Building (AFTB) program is offering training in February. The workshops will be held Wednesdays at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

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.


Black History Month programFeb. 23 at McCoy’s [ 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.

Commissary Scholarships deadline Feb. 24  [ back to top ]
The application deadline for the 2012 Scholarships for Military Children program is Friday, Feb. 24.

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

Dependent, unmarried children younger than 23 of active-duty, reserve, guard and retired military personnel, or survivors of servicemembers who died while on active duty or who died while receiving retired pay from the military, may apply.

Applicants must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time accredited undergraduate degree program in the fall term of 2012.
For more information in the Fort McCoy community, call the Commissary, at 608-388-3542.


First Sergeant Spouse Seminar Feb. 24 at ACS [ back to top ]

Army Community Service (ACS) is offering an Enlisted Spouse Series: First Sergeant Spouse Seminar, Friday, Feb. 24 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the ACS Center, building 2111.

The seminar helps prepare spouses for the challenging and rewarding role of being the spouse of a first sergeant.

Information about the Army and the role of a first sergeant within it will be provided, and options to cultivate a role as a first sergeant’s spouse also will be discussed during the seminar.

To register, call ACS at 608-388-3505 by Feb. 21. 


Chesser farewell Feb. 27; change of command Feb. 29 [ back to top ]
Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser will host his last commander’s call Monday, Feb. 27 from 3-5:30 p.m. at McCoy’s, building 1571.

All members of the Fort McCoy community are welcome to stop by and wish him farewell.

The garrison change-of-command ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29 at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.
The command will pass from Chesser to Col. Steven W. Nott.

Nott currently is assigned as the military executive for the Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee within the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Manpower and Reserve Affairs.


Unit Prevention Leader course offered March 5-8  [ back to top ]

A 40-hour Unit Prevention Leader (UPL) course will be held March 5-8 in building 60, room 210.

UPL candidates must meet the requirements as defined in Army Regulation 600-85, chapters four and nine. The minimum criteria for a UPL candidate include holding a rank of E-5 or above, a letter of appointment signed by the Soldier’s current commander, and completing the certification training program by the Army Center for Substance Abuse.

In coordination with the company commander, a UPL designs and implements the company Substance Abuse Program, the company Urinalysis Standing Operating Procedures, and the Unit Prevention Plan. In addition, a UPL assists the Battalion Prevention Leader in administering the Battalion Drug and Alcohol Drug Testing Program.

A Soldier’s UPL certification is valid for 18 months. UPL recertification requires a refresher and exam prior to a UPL’s certificate expiration. If UPLs allow their certification to lapse they must retake the 40-hour certification training course.

For more information about the UPL program visit the website www.acsap.army.mil and select the UPL Page link.

To register for the UPL course, contact Gail R. Zuege, Directorate of Human Resources, Army Substance Abuse Program, drug test coordinator, at 608-388-5955 or by e-mail at gail.r.zuege.civ@mail.mil; or Gary Talbot, Alcohol Drug Control Officer, 88th Regional Support Command at 608-388-0457 or by e-mail at Gary.Talbot@usar.army.mil.

Course sessions will also be held April 9-12, June 11-14 and Sept. 10-13. Class size is limited to 20 Soldiers.  


Lewis takes over as new command judge advocate at Fort McCoy  [ back to top ]

Col. Audrey J. (Aviva) Lewis is the new Fort McCoy Installation Legal Office (ILO) Command Judge Advocate.
Lewis comes to Fort McCoy from Fort Dix, N.J., where she was the deputy staff judge advocate for the 99th Regional Support Command.
Lewis has 26 years of service, including eight years of active-duty service as a judge advocate and 12 years service as an Active Guard/Reserve officer, including judge advocate duty at U.S. Army Reserve Europe and the 88th Regional Support Command at Fort Snelling.
She received her Juris Doctor (law) degree from Rutgers University School of Law in Newark, N.J. She is a 2010 graduate of the Army War College.
To contact Lewis, call the ILO, building 1644, at 608-388-7820.

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