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March 26, 2010

News Notes

AER Scholarship application deadline extended to April 1 [ back to top ]

The deadline to apply for Army Emergency Relief (AER) scholarships for dependent children and spouses has been extended to April 1, according to Headquarters AER.

Applications for the 2010-2011 academic year scholarships are available online at http://www.aerhq.org.

AER also provides financial assistance to Soldiers in time of emergency financial need. Assistance can be provided for food, rent, utilities, privately owned vehicle repair, emergency transportation, and personal needs when pay is delayed.

For more information about the AER program in the Fort McCoy community, call the Fort McCoy AER Office at


American Red Cross blood drives to be held April 1, 9 at McCoy   [ back to top ]

The American Red Cross will hold blood drives Thursday, April 1 and Friday, April 9 at Fort McCoy. The April 1 event will be held from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

Members of the Fort McCoy community and public are welcome to donate. Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (4483-5433) or by visiting the Web site http://www.givebloodgivelife.org.

The April 9 event will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at building 751 and is hosted by the Wisconsin ChalleNGe Academy.

Members of the Fort McCoy community and public are welcome to donate. Appointments can be made by calling
608-269-9000 or by visiting the Web site http://www.givebloodgivelife.org


Holy Week Service set for Thursday, April 1 at 88th RSC  [ back to top ]

A Holy Week service, conducted from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 1, at the 88th Regional Support Command (RSC), building 60, at Fort McCoy, will incorporate elements of the Good Friday and Tenebrae worship events.

Everyone in the Fort McCoy community is welcome to attend. For more information, call Staff Sgt. Kate Moreland at


Easter Sunrise Service to be held April 4 at building 905 [ back to top ]

An Easter Sunrise Service and continental breakfast will be held at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 4 at building 905 at Fort McCoy.

Other Holy Week Masses and Services at Fort McCoy will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sundays — March 28 for Palm Sunday and April 4 for Easter — as part of the installation’s regular Sunday services, according to the Religious Support Office (RSO).

The April 4 Easter Sunrise (Protestant) Service will be open to everyone in the Fort McCoy community who wishes to attend.
Groups of 10 or more people are requested to RSVP. The RSO will sponsor the event.

For more information about the Easter Sunrise Service or to RSVP, call Sgt. Jocquette Williams at 608-388-3528 or e-mail her at jocquette.williams@us.army.mil.

Holy Week Catholic Masses will be held at 9:30 a.m. at Chapel 10, building 1759, March 28 (including palms) and April 4. Protestant Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. March 28 and April 4 at the Chapel Center, building 2675.

For more information about worship schedules in the Fort McCoy community and surrounding communities, call 608-388-3528.


Strong beginnings introduction meeting set for CDC [ back to top ]

Parents in the Fort McCoy community who have children who will turn 4-years-old on or before Sept. 1 are welcome to attend a Strong Beginnings Pre-K Program Town Hall Meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8 at the Fort McCoy Child Development Center, building 1796.

The Strong Beginnings Program is designed to prepare children to be successful in kindergarten. The program employs Creative Curriculum, Handwriting Without Tears, and focuses on classroom management skills, as well as math and literacy.

The meeting also allows parents to meet the teachers and view the classroom.

Free childcare will be provided to parents attending the meeting who register by April 4.

Preregistration is requested and can be done by calling 608-388-2238.  


Army Ten-Miler tryouts set for April 9 at Rumpel Fitness Center [ back to top ]

Tryouts for the Fort McCoy Army Ten-Miler Team are at 8 a.m. Friday, April 9 at the 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 in October 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 forms are available at the Web site http://www.mccoymwr.com/Flyers/TenMilerForm.xfdl or at the Fitness Center and must be completed and returned by Thursday, April 8.

Army Reserve Soldiers selected for the team must be able to train two-three times a week until the race, be able to attend the Army Ten-Miler in Washington, D.C., and must have commander’s approval stating orders to participate in the race will be approved.

For more information, call 608-388-6461/2290. 


Short-course swim meet set for Wednesday, April 14 at indoor pool [ back to top ]

A short-course swim meet will be held from 7-9 a.m. Wednesday, April 14 at the Rumpel Fitness Center indoor pool, building 1122.

Events will include 25-, 50- and 100-meter competitions in freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, and Butterfly. The competition is open to authorized patrons.

Swimmers can participate in a maximum of five events. Events will be cancelled if there aren’t at least two entries.

Prizes will be awarded. Registration is requested by Monday, April 12. For more information, call 608-388-2290. 


Armed Forces Day Open House event to be held Saturday, May 15 [ back to top ]

Everyone is invited to attend Fort McCoy’s 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.

Fort McCoy’s Commemorative Area, History Center and Equipment Park will serve as the hub of activity for this Family oriented event. Scheduled activities include narrated installation bus tours, camouflage face painting, personalized dog tags, equipment displays and information exhibits, a sand bag filling station for children and much, much more!

Entrance to the event will be from State Highway 21 through Gate 15. All adults entering Fort McCoy 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.


Children's Museum visit part of Month of Military Child activities [ back to top ]
Military Families will receive free admission Friday, April 23 to the La Crosse Children’s Museum as part of Month of the Military Child activities.

The hands-on learning environment is ideal for children ages 1 to 12 years and their adult companions.

Attendees will have access to fun, educational and interactive exhibits, use of the climbing wall, light snacks and refreshments.

More information about the Children’s Museum is available at the Web site http://www.funmuseum.org.

The event is sponsored by Wisconsin Operation Military Kids. More information about the organization is available at the Web site http://www.uwex.edu/ces/4h/omk.

Families in the Fort McCoy community interested in more information or attending the event are asked to pre-register by contacting Laura Pettersen at 608-487-1966 or e-mailing her at laura.pettersen@ces.uwex.edu.

ChalleNGe Academy accepting applications for July class [ back to top ]

The Wisconsin ChalleNGe Academy, which is located at Fort McCoy, is accepting applications for its next class, which begins July 22.

The academy is a no-cost alternative program for “at-risk” teens who are given an opportunity to earn their High School Equivalency Diploma. Academy officials said applications for the July class should be submitted as soon as possible. The academy has classes that begin in July or January.

To apply for the Wisconsin ChalleNGe Academy, candidates should call the Admissions Department at 608-269-4605 for an application, or visit the Challenge Academy’s Web site at http://www.challengeacademy.org/.

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