Newcomers to the Fort McCoy community are encouraged to attend
a Newcomers Orientation held the second Wednesday of each month from 8
a.m.-noon at Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111 South 8th
Ave. The orientation is
free and available to both military and civilian personnel in the Fort
McCoy work force and their families.
Fort McCoy Installation Commander
Col. Derek J. Sentinella addresses a Newcomers
Orientation session, which included personnel
from Regional Training Center-North. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
Representatives from key installation organizations present
information about their programs and answer any questions.
The Newcomers Orientation session also includes a bus tour past
many installation organizations to give new personnel an idea of where
things are located. When
personnel are queried as to what they find most helpful about the
orientation, the bus tour is the No. 1 answer, said Ann Wermer,
installation Relocation Readiness manager.
Other areas of interest that rate very high are the TRICARE
Healthcare system, the Commissary, Post Exchange, Legal Office, and an
awareness of recreational opportunities and services available across
Another service authorized incoming personnel may want to use
is the lending closet, where household items such as dish packs, irons
and ironing boards, vacuums, air mattresses, chairs and tables, etc.,
can be borrowed while personnel wait for shipment of their household
goods. Wermer said ACS provides an inprocess assessment to see what
types of additional information new arrivals may need as well as an
outprocess assessment to offer resources to individuals moving to
Wermer said unit/directorate sponsors are encouraged to visit
ACS to obtain pre-arrival welcome packets and Military HOMEFRONT
booklets with information about the installation and the surrounding
communities to send to incoming personnel.
Some of the other ACS programs that Soldiers and family members
may wish to learn more about upon arrival are financial readiness,
employment and volunteer opportunities, Army Emergency Relief, Family
Focus, and the Exceptional Family Member Program, to name a few.
More information about newcomer services for Fort McCoy can be
found at the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Web site http://www.mccoymwr.com
under Army Community Service or ACS Schoolhouse or at the public Web
site at http://www.mccoy.army.mil.
For more information about the Fort McCoy ACS, visit building
2111 South 8th Ave., or call (608) 388-3505.