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March 23, 2012

News Notes


BOSS meeting

Members of the Fort McCoy Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program meet to discuss quality-of-life issues, upcoming recreation and leisure events, and volunteer opportunities. At Fort McCoy BOSS membership is open to single or geographical bachelor Soldiers and Department of Defense civilians. Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Community Activity Center, building 2000. For more information, call 608-388-3944.

Photo by Geneve N. Mankel

PHOTO: Members of the Fort McCoy Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program meet to discuss quality-of-life issues, upcoming recreation and leisure events, and volunteer opportunities. Photo by Geneve N. Mankel
New Christian Military Fellowship meets Wednesdays at building 2675  [ back to top ]
Everyone in the Fort McCoy community is welcome to attend the new Christian Military Fellowship (CMF) meetings, which will be held Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Religious Support Office (RSO) Fellowship Hall, 2675 South F Street.
The CMF is known worldwide and is dedicated to strengthening the faith of servicemembers, their Families, and civilians associated with the military.

For more information on Christian Military Fellowship visit the website www.cmfhq.org.

The meetings are free, and lunch is provided.

Attendees are asked to call the RSO at 608-388-3528 beforehand to confirm so RSO staff know how much food to have available/prepare.


Toby Keith to headline Aug. 2 concert at Fort McCoy  [ back to top ]

Toby Keith will headline the Army Concert Tour Thursday, Aug. 2 at Constitution Park, Fort McCoy. Supporting acts will be determined at a later date.

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, www.mccoymwr.com or call the Concert Hotline at 877-864-4969. 


Medical services relocated to building 2669  [ back to top ]

The Occupational Health Clinic (OHC), TRICARE/Health Benefits Office, and Medical Maintenance have moved to building 2669.

The operating hours are Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information, call the OHC at 608-388-3209/2414, TRICARE/Health Benefits Office at 608-388-2246, or Medical Maintenance at 608-388-2221. 


McCoy CYS Services accepting Summer Camp registration  [ back to top ]
Summer Camp registration is being accepted for the Child, Youth and School (CYS) Services School Age Center and Teen Youth Center.

CYS Services Summer Camp offers a fun, safe, educational, and active environment for youth to grow socially and academically.

The camp begins the first Monday after the last day of school in June and runs through the end of August. Summer Camp hours are 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

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


'Good Stuff’ Journals available at ACS March through May  [ back to top ]
“Sharing the ‘Good Stuff’ Journals” are available through May 31 at the Army Community Service (ACS), Center building 2111.
Families enrolled in the Family Focus program can pick up journals, and through drawings, writing or photos can record the “good stuff” in their lives.

Family members can each receive 75 Family Focus Franks by showing their journals to ACS by June 8.

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


Women’s History Month event set for March 27 at McCoy’s  [ back to top ]
A Women’s History Month observance will be held Tuesday, March 27 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at McCoy’s, building 1571.

The guest speaker presentation begins at noon.

The guest speaker is Raeanna Johnson, founder of Empowering Women, Inc. Johnson is working toward a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication Studies with a minor in Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

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


Easter Eggstravaganza  set for March 31  [ back to top ]
The annual Fort McCoy Easter Eggstravaganza is Saturday, March 31. Activities begin at 10 a.m.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny will be served from 10-11 a.m. at the Rustic Inn, building 2000.

Photos with the Easter Bunny, Easter picture coloring and face painting will be offered from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at the Exchange, building 1538.

The Easter Egg Hunt begins at 12:30 p.m. at Constitution Park.

In the event of inclement weather, the hunt will be moved to the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

The event is open to all Fort McCoy employees and their Families. For more information, call 608-388-3213.

The event is sponsored by USAA, Games People Play, Frito Lay and Association of the United States Army – Maj. Gen. Robert B. McCoy Chapter 5902. No federal endorsement is implied.


Partnered fitness challenge begins April 2 at Rumpel [ back to top ]

The Pair Up Slim Down nine-week challenge begins Monday, April 2 at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

Participating teams of two will have body fat calibrations taken at the beginning, mid-point and end of the challenge. The team with the highest percentage of body fat lost at the end of the challenge will win.

Each member of the winning team will receive a $50 Gander Mountain gift card. The challenge is open to authorized fitness center patrons.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-2290. 


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

Memberships purchased prior to opening day will be offered at a discount rate. The rates will be $40 for military personnel and $50 for civilians.

Memberships can be purchased at Pine View Campground. Membership includes free league entrance fees, no daily range fees, discounts on range events and a 10 percent discount on apparel.

Daily fees for personnel without memberships are $4 for military and $5 for other authorized patrons.

Skeet and trap targets cost $3.50 for a round of 25.

The Sportsman’s Range is open to military personnel on active-duty status, retired military, Department of Defense (DoD) civilian employees, retired DoD civilian employees, DoD contractor employees working full-time at Fort McCoy, and 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.

For more information, call 608-388-3517 or 1-800-531-4703.
Care Team training set for April 9  [ back to top ]

Care Team training will be held Monday, April 9 from 8-10 a.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

If a casualty occurs within a unit the commander may activate a Care Team based on the affected Family’s needs and request for support. The training will assist commands in recruiting volunteers, as well as educating current and potential volunteers on the roles and responsibility associated with belonging to a unit’s care team.

Registration is required by Friday, April 6 by calling 608-388-3505. 


Community members encouraged to ‘Purple Up! For Military Kids’ April 13  [ back to top ]

Members of the Fort McCoy Child, Youth and School (CYS) Services program encourage members of the Fort McCoy community to wear purple Friday, April 13 as part of the second annual “Purple Up! For Military Kids” event. The event helps mark the nation’s “Month of the Military Child” activities in April.

People who wear purple April 13 visibly support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue.

The event is sponsored by the Wisconsin Operation: Military Kids, which is part of the 4-H Youth Development program of the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension. The 4-H program partners with the Fort McCoy CYS Services program to provide activities for school-age and teen youth in the Fort McCoy community.

For more information about Month of the Military Child events, call either the Child Development Center at 608-388-2238 or School Age/Youth Center at 608-388-4373.  


Central Issue Facility closed April 19-23 for inventory  [ back to top ]
The Fort McCoy Central Issue Facility (CIF), building 2142, will be closed April 19-23 for a 100 percent annual inventory as mandated by Army regulation.

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


Armed Forces Day Open House set for May 19 at Fort McCoy  [ back to top ]
The annual Fort McCoy Armed Forces Day Open House will be held Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The installation’s Commemorative Area will serve as the backdrop for this Family friendly event, which is free and open to the public.

Scheduled open house activities include camouflage face painting, installation bus tours, personalized ID tags and military equipment displays.

Guests will have a chance to tour the History Center and World War II Commemorative Buildings as well.

Visitors 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 or send an e-mail to usarmy.mccoy.imcom-northeast.list.pao-admin@mail.mil.


English Language Learners classes available at Western Technical College  [ back to top ]
Those wishing to develop more proficient English skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing can do so by attending English Language Learners (ELL) classes at Western Technical College in area communities. The ELL program is open to students of all levels of proficiency from no English to highly advanced.

The Spring Semester continues until May 14. Summer sessions may be provided beginning June 4, but are dependent upon funding.

The Tomah campus provides ELL classes Monday evenings from 7-8:55 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-1:55 p.m. Other daytime hours from Monday-Friday may be arranged by contacting Jeanette Brownell at 608-374-7700.

The Sparta campus provides individualized ELL instruction during the following hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-noon and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5 to 8:55 p.m. For more information, call 608-269-3791 during class hours.

The Black River Falls campus, provides ELL classes Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. For more information, call 715-284-2253.

The La Crosse campus holds ELL classes Mondays-Fridays from 8:05 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m., and Tuesdays from 5:30-8 p.m. Interested personnel are requested to register prior to attending a class by calling 608-785-9535. For more information, contact Max Vang at 608-789-4724.



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