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March 22, 2013

News Notes


Health Benefits Service Day

Amy Scheevel (right), a BlueCross and BlueShield Federal Employees Health Benefits representative, answers questions about the federal insurance plan during a Health Benefits Service Day March 6 at Fort McCoy. BlueCross and BlueShield will have an information booth at the Fort McCoy Wellness Fair May 8. 

Photo by Rob Schuette

PHOTO:  A BlueCross and BlueShield Federal Employees Health Benefits representative answers questions about the federal insurance plan. Photo by Rob Schuette
Easter Eggstravaganza set for March 23  [ back to top ]
Fort McCoy’s annual Easter Eggstravaganza event is Saturday, March 23.

Activities begin at 9 a.m. The event is open to Fort McCoy employees and their Families.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny will be served from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Exchange, building 1538.

Photos with the Easter Bunny, face painting and Easter picture coloring and crafts will be offered from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. at the Exchange.

The Easter Egg Hunt begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Community Activity Center.

For more information, call 608-388-3213.

The event is sponsored by the Ho-Chunk Nation, Pizza Hut, Culver’s, Deer Creek Dental Clinic, Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group, Frito Lay, SatoTravel, McDonald’s and Fransiscan Skemp/Mayo Health System. No federal endorsement is implied.


Vehicle clinics offered at Automotive Skills Center   [ back to top ]

The Automotive Skills Center, building 1763, will offer a Spring Vehicle Inspection clinic Saturday, March 23 at 3 p.m. and a How to Change Brake Pads clinic Saturday, April 6 at 2 p.m.

The clinics are free and open to authorized Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons.

The Automotive Skills Center is open Thursdays and Fridays from 1 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 608-388-3013.  


Women’s History Month event set for March 28  [ back to top ]

A Women’s History Month observance will be held Thursday, March 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McCoy’s, building 1571.

The guest speaker, Dianne Young, will begin her presentation at noon. Young served 20 years in the Marine Corps and is the District Governor at Toastmasters International-District 35.

For more information about the event, call the Equal Opportunity Adviser at 608-388-3246. 

Hunter education course offered in April at Fort McCoy [ back to top ]
A Wisconsin Hunter Education Course will be held April 4-19 with class sessions on both Thursdays and Fridays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Fort McCoy Public Safety Center, building 1681. The course fee is $10 and is open to the public.

Personnel of all ages may enroll, however, there are minor restrictions on youths under the age of 12.

The course will offer general hunter safety information and provide participants with a safety education certificate. This course meets Hunter Education Requirements for all 50 states and Canada.

For questions or to enroll, call Joe Valeska at 608-366-1008.


Red Pin Bowling every Tuesday in April at Thunder Bowl  [ back to top ]
Red Pin Bowling will be available Tuesdays in April from 4 to 9 p.m. at Thunder Bowl Bowling Center located inside of McCoy’s, building 1571.

Bowlers who roll a strike when the head pin is red win a free game of bowling.

Thunder Bowl offers eight lanes, automatic scoring, bumper bowling, and state-of-the-art equipment.

For information, call 608-388-7060.


Bullying workshop for parents offered April 2, 24  [ back to top ]

“Bullying: What Parents Can Do” will be offered by the Army Family Team Building program Tuesday, April 2 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. or Wednesday, April 24 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

The training will provide information to help stop bullying at school, online, and in the community. Register by March 27 by calling 608-388-3505. 


Fort McCoy’s Sportsman’s Range opens for the season April 6  [ back to top ]
Fort McCoy’s Sportsman’s Range will open for the season Saturday, April 6. Hours will be Monday, Thursday and Friday 3 to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Membership rates are $50 for military personnel and Department of Defense (DoD) civilians and $60 for all other memberships. Memberships purchased before April 6 will include a $10 discount.

Daily rates are $4 for military personnel and $5 for civilians.

Memberships can be purchased at Pine View Campground Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The range is open to active-duty and retired military, DoD appropriated fund and non-appropriated fund employees, retired civilian employees, DoD contractor employees working full-time at Fort McCoy identified through Department of the Army civilian common access cards and their immediate Family members and guests.

The facility includes a rifle range (50, 100 and 200 meters), pistol range (50 meters), combination trap and skeet shotgun range and an elevated archery range.

Upcoming events include three-gun shoot competitions Saturdays, March 23 and April 20 at 10 a.m.; a 100-bird trap shoot April 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a 3-D archery shoot April 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Participants in the 100-bird shoot will shoot 100 clay pigeons from the 16-yard line. Top scores will receive prizes.

For more information, call 608-388-3517 or 1-800-531-4703.


Holocaust Days of Remembrance luncheon April 8 at McCoy’s   [ back to top ]

A Holocaust Days of Remembrance observance will be held Monday, April 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McCoy’s, building 1571.

The keynote speaker is Darryle Clott. Clott teaches History of the Holocaust in the undergraduate and adult education programs at Viterbo University and leads Holocaust Educator Workshops.

She is a member of the American Friends of the Jewish Fighters Museum Consortium of Holocaust Educators, is the founder of the Midwest Holocaust Education Consortium and is a teacher fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.

For more information about this event, call the Garrison Equal Opportunity Adviser at 608-388-3246. 


Supervisor Academy offers training April 9, 18 at ACS Center  [ back to top ]

The next Supervisor Academy training will be “Putting ‘IT’ in Perspective,” April 9 at 3 p.m. or April 18 at 8 a.m. at the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, building 2111.

Participants will learn personal conflict-management skills to stop catastrophic thinking, reduce anxiety, increase focus, and improve problem-solving skills.

The Supervisor Academy is provided by ACS and the Fort McCoy Directorate of Human Resources.

The academy gives new and experienced supervisors the opportunity to attend 60- to 90-minute training sessions once a month. Supervisors can learn new skills, improve existing skills and develop a supervisor’s tool box. The academy training will also present attendees with peer support and feedback.

To register for an April training session, call 608-388-3505 by April 3. 


Love & Logic parenting workshops begin April 11  [ back to top ]
Parenting with Love & Logic workshops will be offered at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

Modules 1-2 will be held Thursday, April 11 from 8 a.m. to noon; modules 3-4, Thursday, April 25, 8 a.m. to noon; and modules 5-6, Thursday, May 9 from 8 a.m. to noon.

The workshop provides simple and practical techniques to help parents raise responsible kids, have more fun in their role as a parent, and easily and immediately change their children’s behavior.

Love & Logic is a philosophy founded in 1977 by Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline, M.D. It is the approach of choice among leading educators, parents, and other professionals worldwide.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-3505. Registration must be completed by April 4.


Required safety training for supervisors set for April 17  [ back to top ]
Supervisor Orientation Training will be offered by the Installation Safety Office Wednesday, April 17 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in building 2113.

The course is designed for all newly appointed supervisors of appropriated fund employees.

The training is a one-time requirement for all applicable garrison supervisors.

Supervisors from tenant organizations also are welcome to attend.

The course provides supervisors with an overview of their role in the Army Safety/Occupational Safety and Health Administration programs and the Federal Employees Compensation Act.

Register by April 10 by calling 608-388-6540.


Armed Forces Day Open House event set for May 18  [ back to top ]
The annual Fort McCoy Armed Forces Day Open House will be held Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Family oriented event is free and open to the public.

The event will be held in the installation’s Commemorative Area, which features the History Center, World War II-era buildings, the Equipment Park and Veterans Memorial Plaza. Guests will have a chance to tour the Commemorative Area throughout the day.

Among the activities scheduled are military equipment displays, camouflage face painting, an Interactive Marksmanship Gallery, personalized ID tags and a sandbag-filling station.

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

Adults must be prepared to present photo identification.

For more information, call 608-388-2407.



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