If the cold and snowy weather that Fort McCoy and the
surrounding communities have been experiencing on a regular basis this
winter has peaked the outbreak of cabin fever, Fort McCoy has a number
of indoor activities where authorized patrons can escape the harsh
Adam Bloor (left) and Linda Zeman
paint an area of the CAC as part of a plan to remodel the
facility to support new offerings to troops. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
The activities range from sedentary or leisurely recreational
opportunities at McCoy's, building 1571; Auto Crafts, building 1763;
and the Community Activity Center (CAC), building 2000, to the
high-energy offerings at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.
Mark Siple, McCoy's new general manager, said McCoy's offers a
number of sporting/viewing activities, including an eight-lane Bowling
Center, video games, a number of television viewing opportunities and
food opportunities for sports and special events, including Primo's
Express, a buffet line and Habaņero.
Primo's Express serves both Italian and American favorites
along with an all-you-can-eat buffet line, which currently runs from
11 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays.
a fresh grilled Mexican cuisine, and has current hours of 5-9 p.m.
weekdays, 4-9 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays.
Customers can enjoy a leisurely meal, or stop in to enjoy
socializing at a bar area, a friendly game of bowling or the
fast-paced action on a video game.
Siple said Fort McCoy currently has bowling leagues running
Monday through Friday nights. He hopes to offer additional family and
children bowling opportunities, as well.
Siple comes to McCoy's from the Hanau, Germany club system, and
has more than 20 years experience in the club/business manager system
including time spent in Frankfurt, Germany and at Holloman Air Force
Base, New Mexico.
All authorized patrons are welcome to come to McCoy's to try
out its services.
"Everybody is probably waiting for nicer spring weather in
April or May when we can open up our Outdoor Courtyard, which is
located next to McCoy's," he said.
Sheila Peterson, the CAC Skills Development director, said
authorized personnel who visit the facility will find a mixture of
activities including computer access, music-related
lessons/playing/practice opportunities, television/movie viewing,
video rentals, video games, pool, Ping Pong and travel materials.
The Recreation Facility shows recent movies free at 6:30 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays, with free popcorn available. Many of the
services, except for the off-post video rentals, are free, Peterson
"We're also in the process of remodeling the facility to
make it more customer friendly," Peterson said. "We hope to
have all the changes done in the next month or two so it's ready for
the next surge in training."
If anyone is feeling blue about the weather, now is an
excellent time to visit the Information, Ticketing and Reservation
Office (ITR) and plan for a weekend getaway to Wisconsin Dells or a
warm-weather vacation at this time next year, Peterson said. The ITR
has information about a number of travel opportunities, including
cruises, or discount coupons for a number of tourist attractions.
Discounted tickets are available for such attractions as Walt Disney,
MGM Studios, Epcot Center, Disney Animal Kingdom, and more.
The Frame Shop offers a retail shop to sell custom framing.
For more information about CAC activities, call (608)
For information about travel opportunities, call (608)
The Auto Crafts Shop also is under the CAC and offers an
excellent opportunity for do-it-yourselfers to make needed repairs to
their vehicles to get them ready for upcoming spring and summer road
trips. The facility has eight bays, four lifts, an extended line of
diagnostic equipment, classroom instruction, and knowledgeable
personnel on hand to help patrons make needed repairs and maintenance
and save money. For more information, call (608) 388-3013 or call the
Rumpel Fitness Center
The Rumpel Fitness Center offers anyone who is tired of life as
a couch potato a breathtaking array of physical opportunities to break
out of the winter-blues routine. These include a cardio theater,
several weight rooms, a variety of fitness equipment and an indoor
Kim Frey, Fitness Center assistant manager, said the main
emphasis right now is on the Fitness Frenzy program.
Saturday, Feb. 23, offers a Weekend Warrior Workout of three
classes that helps eligible patrons qualify for prizes in the Fitness
Frenzy program. Kick-boxing will be offered at 8 a.m., followed by
Pilates at 9 a.m., with a Steps Aerobic class ending the courses at 10
a.m. Each class earns Fitness Frenzy participants triple points for
the Fitness Frenzy program.
Frey said the Fitness Center also has certified trainers on
staff to help set up exercise programs to meet any needs. A number of
fitness classes are offered on a regular basis.
"We can serve anyone from those who are looking to keep
off the winter pounds to be ready for summer to military personnel
looking to keep in shape during the winter so they can pass their Army
Physical Fitness Test," Frey said. "All eligible patrons are
welcome to stop in and see what we can offer to meet their specific
For more information, call the Fitness Center at (608) 388-2290
or visit the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Web site for a
calendar of monthly events.
The MWR Web site at http://www.mccoymwr.com
has an up-to-date listing of fitness classes. It also includes the
current opening and closing times for MWR activities.
Authorized personnel who enjoy a good book or viewing materials
also have the option of going to the Army Community Service (ACS)
Resource Library at 2111 South 8th Avenue or the Religious Support
Office (RSO) Video Library at 2675 F Street.
Items can be checked out or viewed at ACS or can be checked out
for up to two weeks at the RSO.
Call ACS at (608) 388-3505 for more information about the ACS
Resource Library. For more information about the RSO Video Library,
call (608) 388-3528.