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Lent Services/Masses offered at Fort McCoy  [ back to top ]

      The Fort McCoy Religious Support Office (RSO) is offering Sunday Services/Masses to help members of the Fort McCoy community observe the season of Lent.

      Protestant Worship Services are held at 9:30 Sundays in Chapel 1, building 2672.

      Catholic Masses are held at 9:30 a.m. Sundays in Chapel 10, building 1759.

      Palm Sunday will be observed March 16, while Easter Sunday is observed March 23.

      For more information about RSO Services or worship in the local communities, call (608) 388-3528.

Personnel can earn fitness point bonuses   [ back to top ]

      Fitness Frenzy participants can earn bonus points for attending classes at the Fort McCoy Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122, during the Weekend Warrior Workout trilogy Saturday, Feb. 23.

      A Kickboxing class will begin at 8 a.m., with Pilates to start at 9 a.m., and Step Aerobics to follow at 10 a.m. All authorized participants will earn three points per class for attending this training.

      Various other classes that participants can earn Fitness Frenzy points are held throughout the week.

      For more information about fitness classes or Fitness Frenzy call the Fitness Center at (608) 388-2290 or visit the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Web site at http://www.mccoymwr.com and click on Rumpel Fitness Center. A monthly class schedule also is available at the site.


Women's History Month observance March 4 [ back to top ]

      A Fort McCoy observance for Women's  History Month will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, March 4 at McCoy's, building 1571.

      The event is open to members of the Fort McCoy community.

      A program featuring a guest speaker, Elizabeth Burmaster, will begin at noon. Burmaster is the Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

      For more information, call the Equal Opportunity Office at (608) 388-3246.


Supervisory Course offers several sessions    [ back to top ]

      The Fort McCoy Installation Safety Office (ISO), building 1678, will offer supervisory course training for Soldiers and Army civilian employees in the upcoming months.

      The 10-hour, two-day courses will be held 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 4-5, April 9-10, Sept. 16-17 and Oct. 15-16.

      Nonsupervisory personnel can attend with supervisor approval.

      For more information, call ISO at (608) 388-6450 or e-mail debra.1.heise@us.army.mil.


AFTB courses set for Level III training in March  [ back to top ]

      Ten modules of the new Army Family Team Building (AFTB) III program will be offered during a two-day training session at Fort McCoy Thursdays, March 13 and 20.

      Five modules will be presented each day, with the schedule being:

      March 13: Leadership Styles, Building Cohesive Teams, Leader Assisted Problem Solving, Delegation for Leaders, and Family Readiness Group (FRG) Leadership.

      March 20: Coaching and Mentoring, Understanding Needs, Meeting Management, Managing Group Conflict, and Communication Skills for Leaders.

      Participants can attend as many of the modules as they wish.

      Whether personnel are the leader of a department, FRG, or their own households; the modules being presented will assist them be a better leader.   

      Child care will be provided free for those who register by Monday, March 3 for the March 13 classes, and by Monday, March 10 for the March 20 classes.

      To register or for additional information call Army Community Service (ACS) at (608) 388-3505 or visit ACS at building 2111 South 8th Avenue.


VITA Center accepting military appointments    [ back to top ]

      The Fort McCoy Volunteer Income Tax Assistance  (VITA) Center, building 1644, is accepting appointments for military-eligible personnel.

      Personnel seeking the free services must be active-duty military, retired military or family members.

      Active-duty military will have precedence for appointments.

      VITA personnel will help military personnel fill out individual federal and state income tax returns.

      E-filing services for income tax returns also are available.

      For more information about federal income tax returns, visit the Web site http://www.irs.gov.

      For more information about state of Wisconsin income tax returns, visit the Web site http://www.revenue.wi.gov.

      Eligible personnel in the Fort McCoy community can get volunteer or tax questions answered by calling (608) 388-4117.

      For general information about the VITA program and to make appointments, call (608) 388-2165.


ROA organization offering scholarships   [ back to top ]

      The Reserve Officers Association (ROA) offers $500 merit-based scholarships for both undergraduate and postgraduate study at accredited colleges and universities. 

      Undergraduate scholarships are available for children and grandchildren of ROA members, and graduate scholarships are available to ROA members. 

      Sponsors must be ROA members. Membership is open to any active, reserve, retired, or former officer who served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps,  Coast Guard, Public Health Service, or the NOAA.

      Application deadline for the 2008-09 School Year is April 10.

       ROA membership and scholarship applications are available by visiting the Web site http://www.ROA.org. E-mail questions to grallen@comcast.net.


TRICARE Mail Order services get easier   [ back to top ]

      Registration for the TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy (TMOP) services now is easier with a the launching of a new Member Choice Center (MCC).

      Beneficiaries using the new service will obtain TMOP enrollment assistance in addition to having the MCC contact the physician for new prescriptions and forwarding them to the TMOP for processing.

      Another benefit for beneficiaries is that they don't have to download forms or wait to have forms mailed.

      Beneficiaries can go to the "My Benefit" portal at http://www.tricare.mil or go to http://www.express-scripts.com/TRICARE to complete registration. Personnel also can call the MCC at (877) 363-1433 to switch from the retail program to TMOP.

      Officials estimate the TMOP can save beneficiaries as much as 66 percent on medications for conditions, such as high blood pressure, asthma or diabetes. The Department of Defense also can save 30-40 percent, as well.

      For more information in the Fort McCoy community, personnel also can contact the Fort McCoy Health Benefits Adviser Office at (608) 388-2246.

(From the Mercury, newspaper of the U.S. Army Medical Command, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.)


DoD healthcare Web site sharing information [ back to top ]

      The Department of Defense (DoD) healthcare system now is available online.

      The site shares information between U.S. military medical personnel and other government agencies and organizations outside the government.

      A wide range of services is available, such as surveys, Web cams, podcasts, blogs, etc. To view this information and more, go to the Web site http://mhs.osd.mil. 

(From the Mercury, newspaper of the U.S. Army Medical Command, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.)


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