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Newcomers Orientation introduces personnel to Fort McCoy

      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.

Photo: 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)
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 the installation.

      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 another installation.

      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.


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