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Indoor triathlon

Steven Kim (left) prepares to do the running portion of the Indoor Triathlon at Fort McCoy’s Rumpel Fitness Center as Michael Dougherty prepares to start the run. The event consisted of a 10-minute run, 20-minute swim and 30-minute bicycle ride. Kim won the male competition with a distance of 15.66 miles. Leslie Guttenberg finished first for the females with a distance of 14.92 miles, and Misty Brown was second with 14.25 miles.

Photo by Rob Schuette

PHOTO: Steven Kim (left) prepares to do the running portion of the Indoor Triathlon at Fort McCoy’s Rumpel Fitness Center as Michael Dougherty prepares to start the run. Photo by Rob Schuette
Army Concert Tour announces Aug. 5 stop at Fort McCoy  [ back to top ]
Mötley Crüe, Poison and special guest New York Dolls will perform at the Army Concert Tour Friday, Aug. 5 at Constitution Park, Fort McCoy. The concert is presented by U.S. Army Entertainment and Fort McCoy’s Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR).

All concert details, including ticketing and pricing, will be released at a later date.

For up-to-date information visit the Fort McCoy MWR website, http://www.mccoymwr.com or call the Concert Hotline at 877-864-4969.


Daylight Savings Time begins March 13  [ 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.


Relationships training set for March 15 at McCoy’s  [ back to top ]

Kimberly Matthews will present a “Live Strong Forever: Relationships at Work and Home” forum Tuesday, March 15 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at McCoy’s, building 1571. The event is open to all military and civilian personnel.

Matthews is a one-time Olympic hopeful with more than 30 years of experience promoting physical and spiritual wellness and positive life coping skills.

The event is hosted by Fort McCoy’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), U.S. Army Garrison, Religious Support Office, and Army Substance Abuse Program Office. 

For more information, call HHC, U.S. Army Garrison at 608-388-8694 or e-mail at usarmy.mccoy.imcom-northeast.list.hhc-all-users@mail.mil.


Women’s History Month observance 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 in the Fort McCoy community about this event, call the Fort McCoy Equal Opportunity Adviser at 608-388-3246.


My Army Benefits briefing March 17 at 88th RSC  [ back to top ]
In addition to pay for their duty in uniform, Soldiers earn a long list of benefits that can enhance their quality of life. But some earned benefits go unclaimed.

Soldiers can learn more about their benefits Thursday, March 17 by attending a one-hour briefing at 9 a.m. or 2 p.m. at Fort McCoy.

Personnel from the Department of Army Headquarters Deployment Cycle Support Office will conduct the briefings in the auditorium at building 60. A question-and-answer session will follow.

The briefing is open to all Soldiers — active-duty, Reserve and National Guard — as well as their Family members.

Attendees from outside Fort McCoy can obtain a visitor pass the day of the briefing at the Welcome Center, building 35. A current driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance will be needed. All vehicle occupants older than age 18 will require photo identification.

For more information about the briefing, call the Fort McCoy Army Community Service Center at 608-388-3540/3505.


Health Benefits companies to answer questions March 22  [ back to top ]
A Health Benefits Service Day will be held Tuesday, March 22 from 9 a.m.-noon in the first floor conference room in building 2187.

Representatives from Blue Cross/Blue Shield, GEHA, and Mail Handlers will be available to answer any questions or assist members with any problems they may be having with their companies.

The event is hosted by the Fort McCoy Civilian Personnel Advisory Center. For more information, call 608-388-2722.


Pet vaccination clinics March 24-25 at building 2621  [ back to top ]

A walk-in pet vaccination clinic will be held at Fort McCoy Thursday, March 24 from 1-4:30 p.m. and Friday, March 25 from 8:30-11 a.m. at building 2621.

The clinic is available to active-duty and retired military personnel, reserve personnel on active-duty orders for more than 30 days, and Family members.

The Great Lakes Veterinarians Treatment Facility is sponsoring the clinic. Providing copies of the pet’s vaccination history is recommended.

For more information, including fee schedule and services offered, visit the website http://www.mwrgl.com/special_services/vet_clinic/vet.htm or call 847-688-5740.


Fort McCoy Army Ten-Miler team tryouts set for March 25, April 8  [ back to top ]
Tryouts for the Fort McCoy Army Ten-Miler team will be held Fridays, March 25 and April 8 at 8 a.m. at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

The team tryouts are open to Soldiers who are on Army Reserve status with Fort McCoy as their duty station. Fort McCoy will select the most competitive Army Reserve mixed team.

The tryouts are open to all runners.

The mixed team will consist of at least one member of each gender.

Competitors chosen for the team must be able to train at least two to three times per week, attend the race in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Oct. 9 and have commander’s approval.

Applications can be picked up and dropped off at the Fitness Center.

For more information, call 608-388-2290.


eBay training offered in March 29 class  [ back to top ]

A Basics of Selling on eBay class will be taught Tuesday, March 29 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Army Community Service, building 2111.

The class, led by Stephanie Elsen a certified eBay instructor, will teach participants to sell like a “pro.” Topics include registering and setting up an eBay account, creating effective and searchable listing titles, writing a good product description and incorporating pictures, pricing and reserve pricing, using PayPal for payments, handling shipping and returns, managing questions, protecting against fraudulent sellers and buyers, and conducting after sale follow-ups.

Register by Monday, March 21 by calling 608-388-3505.


Red Cross Blood Drive set for March 31 at Rumpel Fitness Center  [ back to top ]
An American Red Cross blood drive will be held Thursday, March 31 from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Fort McCoy Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

For an appointment, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (448-35433) or visit the website http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood.


Aquatics challenge to be held throughout March  [ back to top ]
An Aquatics Half Hour of Power challenge is under way at the Rumpel Fitness Center swimming pool, building 1122.

Authorized Fitness Center patrons who complete 30 minutes of swimming in March will have their distance recorded.

The participant with the most distance covered will win a grand prize. A 15-minute challenge is also offered.

For more information, call 608-388-2290.


Biggest Loser Body rehab begins April 4 at Fitness Center  [ back to top ]
Fort McCoy’s Biggest Loser Body Rehab runs from Monday, April 4 through Wednesday, June 1 at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

Initial weigh-in of participants will be April 4; ending weigh-in will be June 1. The person with the most weight loss will win a cabin stay at Pine View Campground.

For more information, call 608-388-3200.


CIF to be closed April 4-8 for inventory check  [ back to top ]
The Fort McCoy Central Issue Facility (CIF), building 2142, will be closed April 4-8 for a 100 percent annual inventory as mandated by Army regulations.

All emergency requests for CIF support will be approved by CIF Property Book Officer, Thomas Lovgren by calling 608-388-5275 or cell 608-630-5595.


AFTB professional development course set for April 5  [ back to top ]
An Army Family Team Building Professional Development Skills class will be held Tuesday, April 5 from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Army Community Service, building 2111.

Topics include introduction to leadership, meeting management, managing group conflict and leadership-assisted problem solving.
Register by Friday, April 1 by calling 608-388-3505.


Youth swimming lessons to be held in April at Fitness Center pool  [ back to top ]
After school swimming lessons will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays in April at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

Participants must be 4 to 18 years old and be at least 42 inches tall. The fee is $20 and is due during registration.

Lessons will be from 4:15-5 p.m. for levels one, two and three or 5-5:45 p.m. for levels two, three and four. The youths’ swim level must be provided when registering.

Register by Friday, March 25 by calling 608-388-8956 or register online at www.webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/mccoycyms.html. Space is limited.


Family Focus Walk-a-Thon to be held April-June  [ back to top ]
A Family Walk-a-Thon for Families registered in the Family Focus program will be held from April through June.

Families who walk at least 250 steps during their walk together can earn 100 Family Focus Franks per Family member each month. Pictures of the final destination of the walk must be submitted to Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111. A minimum of one adult and one child per Family must participate in the walk.

Families can pick up a packet of materials, including a pedometer and log sheet, at ACS. Log sheets and pictures must be returned to ACS by July 8.

For more information or to register in the Family Focus program, call 608-388-3505.


AUSA dinner event set for April 9 at La Crosse  [ back to top ]
A dinner event for members of the Fort McCoy community and surrounding areas will be hosted by the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Maj. Gen. Robert B. McCoy Chapter.

The event will be Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern, 328 Front Street South, La Crosse. Social hour begins at 6 p.m.

The guest speaker will be AUSA President and Chief Operating Officer, retired Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan.

The event is open to AUSA members and any non-members, and their guest. The cost is $35 per person and is payable the night of the event; cash and checks will be accepted. Meal choices are roasted pork sirloin, six-ounce sirloin and four-ounce Parmesan chicken, or linguini with three shrimp.

RSVP by April 4 by contacting Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Von Arx at 360-621-6124 or e-mail Daniel.vonarx@us.army.mil.



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