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News Notes

Change of Command set for April 3 at Fort McCoy  [ back to top ]

      Fort McCoy will hold a garrison change-of-command ceremony 2 p.m. Thursday, April 3 at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122, when Col. David E. Chesser assumes command from Col. Derek J. Sentinella. A reception ceremony will follow at McCoy's, building 1571.

      Military and federal civilian personnel in the garrison are welcome to attend the event.

      Those attending during duty time will need to coordinate their attendance with their supervisors. Supervisors retain the authority to approve such requests while ensuring work centers can meet customer-service demands.

      Tenant activity personnel also are welcome to participate. Tenant organizations will set their own policies for personnel who wish to attend consistent with their mission needs.

      Contracted personnel are not authorized to attend the ceremony because of their conditions of work and operating status.

Army Emergency Relief campaign to begin   [ back to top ]

      The 2008 Fort McCoy Army Emergency Relief (AER) campaign begins Tuesday, April 1 and will run  through Thursday, May 1.

      All military personnel will be given the opportunity to contribute to the program by either lump sum or payroll deductions. Mobilized Soldiers can contribute by check or in cash.

      Contributions also can be made with credit cards at the AER Web site at http://www.aerhq.org.

      AER provides Soldiers help with emergency financial needs for food, rent or utilities, emergency transportation and vehicle repair, funeral expenses, medical/dental expenses, nonreceipt of pay and undergraduate-level education scholarships, based primarily on financial need, to children and spouses of Soldiers.

      For more information about AER in the Fort McCoy community, call Army Community Service at (608) 388-3540/3505.


Army Ten-Miler tryouts for McCoy team April 4  [ back to top ]

      Tryouts for the Fort McCoy Army Ten-Miler team will be held at 8 a.m. Friday, April 4 near the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

      The tryouts are open to all Soldiers who will be on active duty at the time of the Army Ten-Miler competition Sunday, Oct. 5, in Washington, D.C. This includes reserve-component Soldiers mobilizing or training. Soldiers clearance to compete must be approved by their chain of command.

      All authorized Soldiers seeking to be on the team must participate in the April 4 tryout.

      The route will be approximately twice around the five-mile running trail, with route modifications possible.

      The installation will pick the most-competitive team. Last year's four-member team won the Army Reserve Women's Category competition at the 2007 Army Ten-Miler competition at the Pentagon.

      More information about the route or registration for the run is available by calling (608) 388-2290 or visiting the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.


Commissary facilities to mark first anniversary    [ back to top ]

      Several special sales will be held by the Fort McCoy Commissary, building 1537, over the next few weeks to help customers celebrate the one-year anniversary of the new facility and prepare for spring events.

      Only authorized military-eligible personnel can shop in Commissaries.

      A one-year anniversary sale will be from 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10. The sale will be on items throughout the Commissary.

      The Commissary will host a case-lot sale for bulk-item purchases Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11, with sale hours being 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. both days.

      Customers will choose and pay for items at the Commissary. The items will be picked up at building 2574, West Regimental Avenue (near the Base Supply Store -- Associated Industries for the Blind).

      The Commissary also will host a Tuesday, April 1 sale event from 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

      For more information about the Commissary, call (608) 388-3542.


Texas Hold 'em tournament April 26  [ back to top ]

      A Texas Hold 'em tournament will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26 at McCoy's, building 1571.

      Registration is open from Monday, April 7-Tuesday, April 22, with a $35 maintenance fee required.

      Limited spaces are available. The event is open only to authorized patrons who are  21 or older. All participants will receive a prize. No federal endorsement is implied.

      For more information, call the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Events Line at (877) 864-4969.


Armed Forces Day Open House set for May 17    [ back to top ]

      The annual Fort McCoy Armed Forces Day Open House will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 17. The family oriented event is open to the public and includes free parking and free admission to the event grounds.

      The event will be held in the installation's Commemorative Area in the 800-900 block. The Commemorative Area includes the Equipment Park and History Center.

      Among the activities scheduled are military equipment and demonstrations, camouflage face painting, an Interactive Marksmanship Gallery, personalized dog tags, and narrated installation bus tours.

      Guests also can tour buildings, which have been maintained in World War II furnishings and include administrative, barracks and dining facilities.

      The Equipment Park contains exhibits representative of military vehicles and equipment used throughout the installation's history. The History Center presents exhibits in a chronological display that spans the post's 99-year history, from its inception in 1909 through the present day in 2008.

      Refreshments will be available for purchase on the grounds.

      People should enter the installation through Gate 15 (the Tomah gate) from State Highway 21 and follow the signs. Adults should be prepared to show photo identification.

      For more information, call the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office at (608) 388-2407 or visit the installation's public Web site at http://www.mccoy.army.mil.


Hudson to host summer camp for military youth   [ back to top ]

      Nationwide dates have been announced by The National Military Family Association for its 2008 Operation Purple Summer Camps.

      Hudson, Wis., will serve as one of the host sites in the 26 participating states. The Hudson camp is from June 29-July 5.

      Operation Purple Summer Camps are designed to serve military youth from the ages of 7 to 17. The camps offer fun activities, friendships that can last for a lifetime and support for military children dealing with the difficulties of deployment.

       Registration for the camps is under way and will run through May 5.

      The camps are free to eligible military youth.

      Information about specific camp locations, dates and times, application forms and the registration process is available at http://www.operationpurple.org.


Applications available for fall quota hunts   [ back to top ]

      Applications for the fall hunting (quota) season at Fort McCoy are available.

      Included are the gun-deer, fall turkey, muzzle loader (deer) and cantonment archery season (deer).

      Applications may be picked up at the Permit Sales Office building 2168, or can be printed off the Web site at http://www.mccoy.army.mil (Recreation Opportunities>Fishing and Hunting>Applications)>Fishing and Hunting.

      Monday, March 31 is the first day applications can be postmarked. For more information, call (608) 388-3337.



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