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Surplus property sale

A shopper has help taking a television to her vehicle after purchasing it during a nonappropriated fund surplus property sale at Fort McCoy. Sale items for the Feb. 17 event included televisions, recliners, pictures, mirrors, and headboards.

Photo by Rob Schuette


PHOTO: A shopper has help taking a television to her vehicle after purchasing it during a nonappropriated fund surplus property sale at Fort McCoy. Photo by Rob Schuette
Sportsman’s Range gearing up for extended hours  [ back to top ]
Fort McCoy Sportsman’s Range will resume regular hours in April. Meanwhile, work continues on 3-D and Elevated Archery Shooting Ranges.

Hours from October-March are Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Hours from April-September will be Thursdays, Fridays, and Mondays, 3-8 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sundays noon-6 p.m. The facility does not have lighting.

The facility was built to serve military personnel, Family members and members of the Fort McCoy Community and their guests.
The facility includes a Rifle Range (50, 100 and 200 meters), Pistol Range (50 meters) and Combination Trap and Skeet Shotgun Range.

Annual memberships to use the facility soon will be available for purchase at Pine View Campground. Annual memberships will include unlimited use of the facilities. Separate, per-round charges will apply for trap and skeet shooting.

People purchasing memberships must have their photo taken for their membership card and should allow sufficient processing time before using the facility.

Memberships will cost $50 for military, $60 for other authorized personnel and $25 for each additional Family member.
Daily fees will be $4 for military or $5 for other authorized users, which includes rifle, pistol or archery or $3.50 additional per round for skeet or trap shooting.

Group reservations can be made for times outside of normal operating hours. For more information, call 800-531-4703 or 608-388-3517.


Military Saves Week to be celebrated Feb. 20-27  [ back to top ]

People are encouraged to become financially stable through saving, debt reduction and wealth building over time.

Celebrate Military Saves Week Feb. 20-27 with resources from Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111.

For information, call ACS at 608-388-3505 or visit the website http://www.militarysaves.org


1000 Pound Club’ event March 3 at Fitness Center  [ back to top ]

A “1000 Pound Club” event will be held Thursday, March 3 at 5:15 p.m. at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

Participants will choose three single lifts to achieve a total of 1,000 pounds for males, 400 pounds for females. Lift choices will include barbell bench press, barbell overhead push press, barbell bent row, barbell deadlift, and barbell back squat. Lifts will be judged on proper technique.

Participants who successfully reach the total will earn a “1000 Pound Club” T-shirt.

For more information, call 608-388-2290.


VA Women’s History Month program to have women in combat theme [ back to top ]
Maj. Kate Guttormsen, an active-duty officer with the U.S. Army, will speak at the Tomah VA Medical Center Friday, March 4 at 12:30 p.m. during a Women’s History Month event. The event will be held in the VA Chapel and is open to the public.

Guttormsen was featured in the documentary, Lioness.

Lioness tells the story of a group of female support Soldiers who were part of the first program in American history to send women into direct combat.

These young women fought in some of the bloodiest counterinsurgency battles of the Iraq war and returned home as part of this country’s first generation of female combat veterans.

Together the women’s candid narratives describing their experiences in Iraq and scenes from their lives back home form a portrait of the emotional and psychological effects of war from a female point of view.

Guttormsen currently serves as the Special Operations Command-Pacific Public Affairs officer.

For more information about the event, visit the website http://www.tomah.va.gov or contact Public Affairs Officer James Theres at 608-372-7759.


Customer Appreciation day event March 5 at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area  [ back to top ]
Whitetail Ridge Ski Area Customer Appreciation day will be Saturday, March 5 from noon – 9 p.m., weather permitting.

Activities will include a chili cook-off, door prizes, including a chance to win a 2011-12 season ski pass, and food bingo. Chili Cook-Off entries will be accepted until Feb. 28.The event is open to the public.

For more information, call 608-388-3200.


Family Focus offers bowling specials March 5, 12  [ back to top ]

Family Bowling will be held March 5 or 12 from 4 - 8 p.m. at Thunder Bowl Bowling Center located inside McCoy’s, building 1571.

Families registered in the Family Focus program will receive one free game of bowling and shoe rental for each Family member. Scorecards can be turned in to Army Community Service to receive 75 Family Focus Franks.

Minimum attendance requirement is at least one adult and one child per Family.
To register, call 608-388-3505 at least one day prior to each bowling date.


Time change to occur March 13 in Wisconsin  [ back to top ]
Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 13 at 2 a.m.

Clocks should be set ahead one hour the night before.

Time changes also are an ideal time to check safety equipment and change batteries in smoke alarms/fire detectors, etc.


Introduction to Safety classes set for March 15, 24  [ back to top ]

A one-day Introduction to Safety course will be offered March 15 and 24 by the Installation Safety Office at the Multimedia/Visual Information center, building 2113.

The class is primarily for first-line supervisors and additional/collateral-duty safety personnel, but is open to all military personnel and Department of the Army civilians at Fort McCoy.

The course will provide basic information about the Army Safety Program and common Occupational Safety and Health Administration general industry standards.

For further information or to enroll, call Deb Heise-Clark at 608-388-6450 or e-mail debra.l.heise@us.army.mil


Thrift Savings Plan course for beginning investors March 15 [ back to top ]

A Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Getting Started workshop will be held Tuesday, March 15 from 1 – 4 p.m. at Army Community Service, building 2111.

The workshop is designed for beginning investors who are interested in learning how to open a TSP account, make TSP investment choices, and develop an investment strategy based on financial goals and needs.

Register by Friday, March 11 by calling 608-388-3505. 


March 17 Thrift Savings Plan course to focus on retirement  [ back to top ]
A Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Retirement workshop will be held Thursday, March 17 from 8 – 11 a.m. at Army Community Service, building 2111.

The workshop targets TSP investors who plan to retire within 15 years. The workshop will focus on TSP investment choices and compositions.

Withdrawal and annuity options for participants, including the transferring of money in and out of the TSP program with other qualified retirement accounts, catch-up contribution provisions, Internal Revenue Service rules, TSP loans, TSP annuity considerations, and a review of retirement planning resources and tools also will be examined.

Register by Friday, March 11. Call 608-388-3505.


Women’s History Month observance set for March 17  [ back to top ]
A Women’s History Month observance will be held Thursday, March 17 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at McCoy’s, building 1571. The program begins at noon.

The guest speaker will be Command Sgt. Maj. Mary K. Lemburg, 646th Regional Support Group Command Sergeant Major.

The event is hosted by the Fort McCoy Equal Opportunity Office.

For more information about this event in the Fort McCoy community, call the Fort McCoy Equal Opportunity Adviser at 608-388-3246.


Diveheart training class to be held March 18-20 at Fitness Center Pool  [ back to top ]
A Diveheart Adaptive Buddy and Instructor Training courses will be held March 18-20 at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122, for veterans or authorized users.

The course will train participants to be instructors or serve as a certified dive buddy for divers with disabilities.

The Instructor Training course is $395 and the Adaptive Buddy Certification course is $225. Training will be conducted by Diveheart President and Founder Jim Elliott.

For the schedule, list of required equipment, registration, or more information, contact Lisa DePasquale at lisa.depasquale@comcast.net or 847-477-5816 or Elliott at 630-964-1983 or info@diveheart.com.


Army Family Team Building presents ‘Army 101’ training  [ back to top ]
An “Army 101” training session will be held Tuesday, March 22 from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at building 2111.

Topics covered will include military Family expectations, military terms and acronyms, basic military benefits and entitlements, and an introduction to military and civilian community resources.

Army Family Team Building will sponsor the training.

For more information, view the flyer at http://www.mccoymwr.com/images/stories/Flyers/MarACSArmy101.pdf.

Interested people must register by Friday, March 18, by calling Army Community Service at 608-388-3505.


Youth Summer Camp registration opens in March  [ back to top ]
Registration for the Fort McCoy Child, Youth & School (CYS) Services 2011 Summer Camp will begin in March for youth who were enrolled in the 2010 Summer Camp. Open registration for all youth will be available in April.

Summer Camp will begin June 6 and end Aug. 31.

For more information or to register, call Parent Central Services at 608-388-8956.

To begin registration to be enrolled in the CYS Services program, visit the website https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/mccoycyms.html.


Armed Forces Day Open House event set for Saturday, May 21  [ back to top ]
Fort McCoy will host its annual Armed Forces Day Open House Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Many Family oriented activities are planned for the event, which is free and open to the public.

The installation’s History Center and World War II Commemorative Buildings will be open throughout the day.

This year’s event includes the traveling “One Soul: When Humanity Fails” Holocaust educational exhibit.

Visitors must enter the installation via Gate 15 off of Highway 21 between Sparta and Tomah, Wis.

Adults must have a photo ID.

For details, call 608-388-2407 or send an e-mail to usarmy.mccoy.imcom-northeast.list.pao-admin@mail.mil.


FEEA scholarships available to Department of Army Families [ back to top ]
The deadline to submit a Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund (FEEA) scholarship application is Friday, March 25.

The FEEA scholarship application is available to current civilian federal employees and their dependents.

Scholarships ranging from $250-$2,500 will be awarded.

For more information or to download an application, visit the website http://www.feea.org/



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