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News Notes

Black History Month event set for Feb. 19  [ back to top ]

The assistant director of Multicultural Student Services at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse will be the guest speaker at Fort McCoy’s Black History Month observance. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 at McCoy’s, building 1571, and is open to members of the Fort McCoy community.

Thomas Harris provides cultural support to students of color including green card U.S. citizens and approximately 25 Counselor Choice Annual Award recipients. He advises leadership programs and coordinates overseas trips organized and tailored for college students.

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


Ash Wednesday Mass set Feb. 25 at Chapel 10   [ back to top ]

An Ash Wednesday mass for those of Catholic faith in the Fort McCoy community will be held at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 25 at Chapel 10, building 1759.

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, which is the season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. Easter will be observed Sunday, April 12.

The Fort McCoy Religious Support Office will offer Mass at 9:30 a.m. Sundays during Lent in Chapel 10 and Protestant Services at 9:30 a.m. Sundays in Chapel 1, building 2672.

For more information about Masses/Services in the Fort McCoy community and surrounding areas, call 608-388-3528.


VITA Center accepting military appointments  [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Center is accepting appointments for the 2008 income tax return season.

The service is free to active-duty and retired Soldiers and eligible family members and includes e-filing. VITA personnel will be available through Wednesday, April 15.

Information about federal income taxes and forms can be found at the Web site http://www.irs.gov. Information about Wisconsin state income taxes and forms is available at http://www.revenue.wi.gov/html/indiv.html.

A section with Web site links to other state income tax information and forms is available.

To schedule a VITA appointment in the Fort McCoy community, call 608-388-2165. For more information about income tax returns, call 608-388-4117.


Military One Source Web site can help with taxes    [ back to top ]

Military personnel (active-duty and reserve-component) and their family members in the Fort McCoy community can file their federal and state income taxes free on the Military One Source Web site.

The service includes free e-filing. The Military One Source Web site is accessible by going to http://www.militaryonesource.com. The site includes a section of frequently asked tax questions.

Tax questions also can be directed to the toll-free number 800-730-3802 from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Eastern Time, when tax consultants are available to answer questions.


Commissary scholarship applications accepted  [ back to top ]

The Commissary Scholarships for Military Children Program is accepting applications. 

The program is open to children of active-duty, Reserve, Guard or retired personnel.

Applications are available at the Web site http://www.militaryscholar.org or at a link from http://www.commissaries.com. The deadline for the applications is Wednesday, Feb. 18.

For more information in the Fort McCoy community, call 608-388-3542.


USA Express seeking musicians/technicians    [ back to top ]

Soldiers with musical or technician talent are being sought for the 2009 USA Express (UE) tour season.

The U.S. Army Entertainment Division’s deployable musical performance group is described as a high energy, top-40 variety show group that is geared for Soldiers 18-25 years old, but suitable for all ages. 

The group tours remote installations, training sites and isolated combat contingency areas.

Both active-duty and reserve-component Soldiers who can serve a deployment tour are welcome to apply.

UE groups include instrumentalists (basically keyboard, bass guitar, lead guitar and drums while others can apply); vocalists, who are comfortable with all idioms of music, have movement ability and can effectively communicate with an audience; and audio technicians, who are qualified to operate a PA system, including the ability to operate a basic digital audio sound mixer and have a rudimentary knowledge of audio equalization.

Soldiers in the Fort McCoy community can get information about submitting a complete nomination packet by calling 608-388-7400. The deadline for the 2009 tour, which will run from May 1-Sept. 15, is March 31. If this deadline cannot be met, Soldiers may be considered for future tours with Army Entertainment programs.

Additional information or musical questions about the 2009 UE Tour can be directed to Cordell Hall, the USA Express program manager and musical director at 703-806-3220, DSN 656-3220 or via e-mail at cordell.hall@us.army.mil.


Army Substance Abuse moves to building 1344   [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) has moved to building 1344, South 11th Ave. The organization previously was in building 2111.

The ASAP will have hours of 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. Telephone and fax numbers and e-mail addresses will remain the same.

For more information, call ASAP at 608- 388-2441.


88th RSC to provide Strong Bonds training   [ back to top ]

Strong Bonds classes, sponsored by the 88th Regional Support Command (RSC), are open to any Army Reserve married or single Soldier who lives or trains in the 88th’s 19-state region. The 88th RSC is headquartered at Fort McCoy.

The weekend retreats are fully funded by the 88th RSC Strong Bonds program through the U.S. Army Reserve Command Chaplain’s Office. There are no costs for Soldiers or their units.

The retreats are focused on improving Soldiers’ life skills and relationships with their families and/or significant others. These are chaplain-led retreats, but the focus is on life skills rather than religious teachings. The goal is to enhance the Soldier’s life back at home, in the belief Soldiers who are happy and confident in their home life are more motivated and stable in their military life.

Strong Bonds classes are set to allow Soldiers to attend a retreat at a convenient time. Staff Sgt. David P. Mangan, an 88th RSC chaplain’s assistant, said the funding also will cover air fare so Soldiers don’t incur any out-of-pocket expense.

Classes in the Fort McCoy area include: marriage workshops May 15-17 at Bloomington, Minn., and Aug. 21-23 at Chicago; and a single Soldier workshop April 17-19 at Chicago. Other marriage retreats are: June 26-28 at Denver; July 24-26 at Columbus, Ohio; and Nov. 7-9 at Portland, Ore. Retreats for single Soldiers also are: June 12-14, Salt Lake City; July 31-Aug. 2, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Sept. 11-13, Grand Rapids, Mich. 

The states covered by the 88th RSC are: Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

For more information , Soldiers should contact their unit chaplain, e-mail Mangan at david.mangan1@usar.army.mil or 
eric.schmid@usar.army.mil or register online at http://www.strongbonds.org. Mangan also can be reached at 608-388-0541.


CID recruiting Soldiers to be special agents  [ back to top ]

WASHINGTON, D.C. (U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division) — Soldiers who are looking for an exciting career in law enforcement, but who want to stay in the Army are encouraged to take a closer look at becoming a special agent with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID).

Recruitment for the next generation of CID Special Agents is ongoing.

Basic Enlisted requirements include: U.S. citizenship, minimum age of 21; maximum grade/rank of E-5/sergeant (non-promotable); minimum of two years of military service but not more than 10; minimum of one year of military police experience or two of civilian police experience; minimum of 60 college credit hours from an accredited institution; suitable character established by a Single Scope Background Investigation leading to a Top Secret clearance, etc.

For more information on becoming a CID special agent, visit the Web site http://www.cid.army.mil/index.html or call 608-388-5296.


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