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February 26, 2010

News Notes

Job Search Workshop to be held at Army Community Service [ back to top ]

A Job Search Letters Workshop will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, March 4 at the Fort McCoy Army Community Service (ACS) Center, 2111 South 8th Ave.
In today’s competitive job market, job seekers are finding it increasingly difficult to land the great job they want and deserve.
Topics in this workshop will help land that great job and include: identifying the key principles of cover letters that get results; ensuring that cover letters satisfy five critical objectives; incorporating 10 strategies for creating impressive cover letters; understanding the ad-response, approach/cold call, follow up, and electronic cover letters; using the three primary formatting styles and production tips; writing cover letters that are unique and effective marketing tools in six steps; and avoiding common cover-letter errors.

The ACS Spouse Employment program is sponsoring the workshop.

Registration can be made by calling ACS by the close of business Friday, Feb. 26 at 608-388-3505. Seating is limited, and priority is given to military spouses.

Customer Appreciation event March 6 at Whitetail Ridge [ back to top ]

A Customer Appreciation event will be held Saturday, March 6, weather permitting at Fort McCoy’s Whitetail Ridge Ski Area. The event is open to the public.

The event will be held during normal Whitetail Ridge hours from noon-9 p.m. Discounts will be offered on snowtubing and ski lift passes. The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program will have a booth and offer free popcorn and hot chocolate, while supplies last, from noon-3 p.m.

People attending also are welcome to participate in the Paintball Speed Course event, beginning at 2 p.m. at Tactics Paintball Course, also located at Whitetail Ridge.

For more information about Whitetail Ridge, call 608-388-3517/4498.


Suicide Prevention Awareness event set March 11 [ back to top ]

The next Suicide Prevention Awareness presentation/luncheon will be held from noon-1 p.m. Thursday, March 11 at McCoy’s, building 1571.

Kimberly Mathews, a former Olympic hopeful, will present a faith-centered fitness seminar that will provide helpful information to live a well-balanced and spiritual life. 

This event is hosted by the Fort McCoy, U.S. Army Garrison, Suicide Prevention Awareness Campaign and is open to all military and civilian personnel. 

The seminar room will open at 11:30 a.m. for early attendees.  For more information about the event, call 608-388-8694/8698.


Phone tree training set for March 15 at ACS [ back to top ]

Phone Tree training will be held from 8-10 a.m. Monday, March 15, at the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, 2111 South 8th Avenue, Fort McCoy.

A telephone tree is a system that can be used to quickly pass information to Family members. It can be used during training, unit activation, mobilization, or as needed for meetings and get-togethers.

Training will focus on what to do if you make a courtesy call and the person hangs up on you. The training will benefit new volunteers, as well as, seasoned key callers.

A discussion of the roles and responsibilities of a key caller will be held. Highlights will include local community resources and role-playing some real-life key-caller scenarios.

ACS is hosting the workshop. To register or for more information, call 608-388-3505.

Supervisor Safety Course to be held March 16 [ back to top ]

A Supervisor Safety and Workers Compensation Orientation training course will be offered from 8-11 a.m. Tuesday, March 16 at building 2113, classroom 132 at Fort McCoy.

The training is a one-time requirement for all garrison directors, managers and supervisors of federal appropriated fund employees as directed by Installation Policy 08-028, Supervisory Action for Initiation of Workers Compensation Eligibility Policy.

Training is open to both garrison and tenant organizations at Fort McCoy.

The course is presented by the Installation Safety Office in conjunction with the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, Occupational Health Clinic and Fire Department.

For more information or to register, call Aubrey Posey at 608-388-7712 or Randy Eddy at 608-388-6451.


American Red Cross blood drives set for April 1, April 9 [ back to top ]

American Red Cross blood drives will be held Thursday, April 1 and Friday, April 9 at Fort McCoy.

The April 1 blood drive will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

The April 9 blood drive will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at building 751, ChalleNGe Academy.

Appointments can be made at the Red Cross Web site http://www.redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).


Fort McCoy Army Ten-Miler Team tryouts to be held April 9 [ back to top ]

Tryouts for the Fort McCoy Army Ten-Miler Team are at 8 a.m. Friday, April 9 at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

The Army Ten-Miler tryout event is open to all runners. Fort McCoy will select the most-competitive Army Reserve mixed team to represent the installation at Washington, D.C.

The Fort McCoy Army Reserve mixed team will consist of at least one member of each gender.

All eligible participants for the Fort McCoy team must have Army Reserve status, and Fort McCoy must be their duty station. 

Registration information will be released soon.

For more information, call 608-388-2290.


Armed Forces Day Open House event at Forty McCoy May 15 [ back to top ]

Fort McCoy will host its annual Armed Forces Day Open House Saturday, May 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and is open to the public.

Many Family oriented activities are planned, including installation bus tours, camouflage face painting, equipment displays and information exhibits, an interactive marksmanship gallery and much more.

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

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

Adults must be prepared to present photo ID.

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


McCoy PAO receives 3 awards in IMCOM-Northeast competition [ back to top ]

Fort McCoy received three awards in the 2009 Installation Management Command (IMCOM) – Northeast Region Keith L. Ware Journalism Competition. The awards included two second-place and a third-place finish.

The second-place awards were in the IMCOM-Northeast Category E-Special Achievement in Print Media and the Category F-Web-based Publications competitions.

In the Special Achievement in Print Media, Fort McCoy took second place for its History & Heritage issue, which helped observe the installation’s 100 years of service from 1909-2009. Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., took first place with its training guide and the Fort Lee, Va., Traveller took third place with its Kids Edition.

In the Web-based Publication, Fort McCoy took second place for The Real McCoy Online. The Carlisle Barracks (Va.) Banner Online took first place and the Fort Drum (N.Y.) Mountaineer Online took third place.

In the Category B-Tabloid Newspapers, The Real McCoy took third place. The Fort Lee Traveller took first place, and the Fort Monmouth (N.J.) Message took second place.


Rumpel Fitness Center changes towel-issuance policy [ back to top ]

A new towel-issuance policy is in effect at the Fort McCoy Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

To receive a towel, authorized patrons must present their CAC (civilian or military identification) card at the Fitness Center front desk.

After patrons are done with their workouts, the towels must be returned to the front desk to clear their account.

Any questions about the process can be directed to the Fitness Center at 608-388-2290.


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