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Safety lesson

Deb Heise-Clark (left), a Fort McCoy Installation Safety Office safety specialist, observes as Matt Granahan (center) of Range Maintenance and Kim McIntyre of the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center make a peanut butter sandwich as part of an Introduction to Safety demonstration. The demonstration showed how difficult it can be to do a task without the proper equipment. The next classes are Feb. 15 and March 15. For more information about the class or safety, call 608-388-3403.

Photo by Rob Schuette  

PHOTO: Deb Heise-Clark (left), a Fort McCoy Installation Safety Office safety specialist, observes as Matt Granahan (center) of Range Maintenance and Kim McIntyre of the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center make a peanut butter sandwich as part of an Introduction to Safety demonstration. Photo by Rob Schuette
Moonlight Ski event at Whitetail Ridge Feb. 13  [ back to top ]
A Moonlight Ski event will be held Sunday, Feb. 13 from 6 - 9 p.m. at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area.

More than five miles of cross-country ski trails will be marked by luminaries. A bonfire and hot drinks also will be available.
This free event is open to the public. Equipment rental is available.

For more information, call 608-388-3517.


Cash-and-carry sale of NAF surplus property set for Feb. 17 [ back to top ]

A cash-and-carry sale of surplus nonappropriated fund property will be held Thursday, Feb. 17 at building 2541.

The sale will be open to active and retired military personnel with identification from 8-10 a.m. and to the general public from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Items for sale will include TVs, desks, armoires, mirrors, recliners, pictures, headboards, ice buckets, and bedspreads. Items will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cash and checks will be accepted. Items must be picked up at the time of purchase.

For more information, call 608-388-4397.


Military Appreciation event Feb. 19 at Whitetail Ridge  [ back to top ]

Military Appreciation day at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area is Saturday, Feb. 19.

Military personnel on active duty can buy half-price tubing tickets from 12:30 - 8:30 p.m. and ski-lift tickets from noon - 9 p.m. Skiing and snowboarding lessons also will be half price with advance reservations.

A slalom race will be held. Military identification will be required.

For more information or to make lesson reservations, call 608-388-4498/2260. 


Commissary Scholarship applications due Feb. 22  [ back to top ]
The application deadline for the 2011 Scholarships for Military Children program is Tuesday, Feb. 22. Applications are available at local commissaries and at the Scholarships for Military Children website, 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 survivors of individuals who died while receiving retired pay from the military, may apply for a scholarship.

Applicants should ensure that they, as well as their sponsor, currently are enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) database and that they have a current dependent military ID card. The DEERS database will be the primary method of verifying eligibility.

Applicants must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time undergraduate degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university in the fall term of 2011. Applicants who have earned an undergraduate degree or who are enrolled in a graduate degree program are not eligible.

Applications must be hand-carried or mailed to the applicant’s local commissary. Applications may not be e-mailed or faxed.

For more information in the Fort McCoy community, call the Commissary, building 1537, at 608-388-3542 or visit the website http://www.commissaries.com.


Indoor triathlon to be held Feb. 22 at Rumpel Fitness Center  [ back to top ]
An indoor triathlon at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 22. Heats will start at the top of each hour from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Participants will swim for 10 minutes, bike for 30 minutes and run for 20 minutes with a five-minute transition after the swim portion and a two-minute transition after the bike portion. The two male and two female finishers with the greatest total combined distances will be awarded trophies.

The registration fee is $10 for military personnel and $12 for civilians. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Registration forms are available at the fitness center front desk. For more information, call 608-388-3200.


Mystery Theater to be held Feb. 24-25 at McCoy’s  [ back to top ]

Murder 101, an interactive comedy murder-mystery, dinner production will be performed Feb. 24 and 25 at McCoy’s, building 1571 at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The performance, suitable for adults and youth at least 12 years old, is open to the public.

The plot 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.

Tickets, available at McCoy’s, are $15 each and include a chicken or pork buffet dinner. Ticket sales are limited.

Adult attendees will be required to show identification to enter Fort McCoy.

For more information, call 608-388-2065. 


Job Search Letters workshop applications due Feb. 25  [ back to top ]
A Job Search Letters workshop will be held Thursday, March 3 from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Army Community Service, building 2111.

The workshop will be led by Kathleen Olson, an Employment and Training Specialist, who has developed and conducted educational workshops and seminars related to resume writing, job seeking and interviewing for more than 12 years.

The dynamic, high-energy workshop teaches participants to write outstanding job-search letters that give them an edge over the competition and to create winning thank-you letters. The workshop topics include identifying the key principles of cover letters that get results; ensuring cover letters satisfy five critical objectives; creating impressive cover letters; understanding how to develop ad-response, approach/cold-call, follow-up and electronic cover letters; formatting styles and production tips; writing cover letters that are unique and effective marketing tools; and avoiding common cover-letter errors.

To register, call 608-388-3505 by Feb. 25. The workshop is open to the entire Fort McCoy community. Priority placement is reserved for military spouses who apply by the registration deadline.


Recipe book submissions due Feb. 28 to Family Focus  [ back to top ]

Submissions for the Fort McCoy Army Community Service (ACS) Family Focus Recipe Book are due Monday, Feb. 28. The completed recipe book will be available in March.

Families enrolled in the Family Focus program can submit multiple recipes and/or photos for favorite foods or things like play dough, happiness, etc. Participants will receive 25 Family Focus Franks for every recipe or picture submitted, up to 250.

The Family Focus program is open to all Fort McCoy military personnel, all civilian employees, contract employees, registered volunteers, and Family members.

Recipes can be dropped off at ACS, building 2111 or e-mailed to lorie.retzlaff@us.army.mil.

For more information or to register in the Family Focus program, call 608-388-3505. 


Registration under way for March 5 chili cook-off  [ back to top ]

Registration is under way for a chili cook-off to be held Saturday, March 5 at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area as part of Customer Appreciation Day.

The registration deadline is Monday, Feb. 28. Registration forms are available online at http://www.mccoymwr.com/images/stories/Flyers/MarWTRchili.pdf; at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122; or Whitetail Ridge. For more information, call 608-388-3200.


Check-off Challenge under way, to run through July  [ back to top ]
The Check-off Challenge is under way at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

This six-month swim challenge offers participants who complete all the swim events prizes, a T-shirt and a chance to win a grand prize at the end of the challenge. Patrons can pick up a Check-off Challenge card at the fitness center front desk. Prizes will be awarded in July.

For more information, call Rumpel Fitness Center at 608-388-2290.


86th Training Division has open positions for officers, enlisted  [ back to top ]
The 86th Training Division, which is located at Fort McCoy, is seeking a colonel for a Troop Program Unit (TPU) G3 (operations), 01A vacancy. March 4 is the deadline to submit a packet to the G1 (personnel) Section, 86th Training Division.

The unit also has a variety of vacancies for enlisted TPU positions up through sergeant first class and officer TPU positions up through major, as well as an Active Guard/Reserve major. The duty station for all positions is Fort McCoy. The point of contact is Lt. Col. Susan Harrington, phone 608-388-7166 or e-mail susan.l.harrington@us.army.mil.




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