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VITA accepting appointments through April 14  [ back to top ]
Eligible personnel can make appointments through April 14 with the Fort McCoy Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

The VITA program is available to active-duty, military retirees and their Family members. Services provided include free preparation and e-filing of federal and state income tax returns.

To make an appointment, call 608-388-4117.


Woodshop offering classes, beginning April 12  [ back to top ]

The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Woodshop, building 1133, will offer several classes in April.

A two-hour Safety class will be held April 12 and 26 from 6-8 p.m. The class covers the use of hand tools and shop equipment.

Participants will receive a Safety Course Certification, allowing them to operate the equipment. Certification is required for unsupervised use of the Woodshop. The cost is $10 per person.

A two-hour Coin Rack Display Case class will be held April 14 and 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Participants will make their own walnut display case that holds 25-30 military coins. The cost is $12 per person.

A Sign Making class will be held April 20 from 6-9 p.m. The class will teach participants to make a sign using a router and take home their own sign. The cost is $15 per person.

Register by calling 608-388-6588. Class sizes are limited.


Tornado awareness drill set for April 14  [ back to top ]
Fort McCoy will participate in a statewide tornado awareness drill from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, April 14.

The drill is part of Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin, which is observed April 11-15.

Fort McCoy’s emergency warning sirens are scheduled to be activated at about 1:30 p.m. April 14. If personnel outside a building have problems hearing the sirens, they should send an e-mail to fmc.emergency.manage@conus.army.mil to report the situation.

Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week is a good time for installation personnel to review what actions to take in the event of a tornado or severe weather.

For more information in the Fort McCoy community, call Quentin Graham at 608-388-2763.


Easter Eggstravaganza set for April 16  [ back to top ]

Fort McCoy’s Easter Eggstravaganza is Saturday, April 16.

The event will kick off with breakfast with the Easter Bunny and face painting from 10-11 a.m. at the Rustic Inn, building 2000. Photos with the Easter Bunny and Easter crafts will be available from 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at the Exchange, building 1538.

The Easter Egg Hunt starts at 1 p.m. at Constitution Park. Participants must bring their own baskets.

In the case 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 the Fort McCoy Exchange, Association of the United States Army – Maj. Gen. Robert B. McCoy Chapter 5902, GEICO, Ballweg Midwest Toyota, Club Oasis, Games People Play, P&P Products, Piggly Wiggly, ANNswers, Wal-Mart Distribution Center, Operation Homefront and the Fort McCoy Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. No federal endorsement is implied. 


Days of Remembrance observance set for April 19  [ back to top ]
A Holocaust Days of Remembrance observance will be held Tuesday, April 19 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at McCoy’s, building 1571. The presentation begins at noon.

The guest speaker is Danneke Schallig, a concentration camp survivor.

By age five she had been placed in three different camps. She now fights for the rights of people who can’t fight for themselves by volunteering at senior meal sites and ensuring the elderly in the community do not go without daily meals.

The event is hosted by the Fort McCoy Equal Opportunity Office.

For more information about this event, call 608-388-3246.


Arbor Day tree-planting ceremony set for April 2  [ back to top ]
An Arbor Day ceremony will be held at Fort McCoy Friday, April 29 from 9-10 a.m. Everyone in the Fort McCoy community is welcome to attend.

Youth from the Child Development Center, together with members of the Directorate of Public Works Natural Resources Forestry Section and Fort McCoy Command Group, will plant white pines. The location is west of the fire department, building 1680, parking lot.

For more information, call 608-388-2102.


Registration under way for McCoy youth Summer Camp  [ back to top ]

Fort McCoy School Age Services has Summer Camp openings for youth who have completed kindergarten through 12th grade. Registration is under way.

Summer Camp schedules are available at the website www.mccoymwr.com.

For more information about the camp, call Parent Central Services at 608-388-8956. 


Sponsorship training to be held May 3 at Army Community Service  [ back to top ]
Sponsorship training will be held Tuesday, May 3 from 10 – 11 a.m. at Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111.

Sponsorship is a commander’s program that assists Soldiers, civilian employees and Families during the reassignment process, assists Families who are geographically separated from their sponsor for duty requirements, and, improves unit or organizational cohesion and readiness.

Training topics include regulations and forms, program entitlements, types of sponsorship, sponsor responsibilities, commander responsibilities and e-sponsorship.

For more information or to register, call ACS at 608-388-3505. Register no later than one week prior to the training.

Units may schedule unit sponsorship training by completing the Training Request Form six weeks in advance. Forms are available at http://mccoymwr.com/soldier-family-programs/army-community-service.html under the ACS Links section.

After May 3, the next scheduled Sponsorship training will be Tuesday, Aug. 9.


Building Character Strengths workshop set for May 10  [ back to top ]

A Building Character Strengths workshop will be held Tuesday, May 10 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Army Community Service, building 2111.

The workshop will help attendees identify strengths in themselves and others, and identify the shadow side of signature strengths to improve teamwork and overcome challenges.

To register, call 608-388-3505 by Monday, May 2. 


Family Focus Walk-a-Thon program under way  [ back to top ]

A Family Walk-a-Thon for those registered in Fort McCoy’s Family Focus program is under way through June.

Families who walk at least 250 steps during their walk together can earn 100 Family Focus Franks per Family member each month. Pictures of the final destination of the walk must be submitted to Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111. A minimum of one adult and one child per Family must participate in the walk.

Families can pick up a packet of materials, including a pedometer and log sheet, at ACS. Log sheets and pictures must be returned to ACS by July 8.

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


Volunteers needed for Aug. 5 concert support  [ back to top ]
Fort McCoy Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation is seeking volunteers for the 2011 Army Concert Tour Friday, Aug. 5.

Volunteers are needed for will call, clean up and parking and to take tickets, sell tickets, attach wristbands, and serve beverages.
Volunteers supporting the concert will receive a T-shirt and an invitation to the Volunteer Recognition Night.

For more information or to volunteer, call the concert volunteer coordinator at 608-388-4226 or fill out a volunteer form available at the website www.mccoymwr.com.


Army Concert Tour tickets on sale  [ back to top ]
Tickets are on sale for the Army Concert Tour featuring Mötley Crüe, Poison and special guest New York Dolls. The concert will be held Friday, Aug. 5 at Constitution Park at Fort McCoy. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 the day of the show.

Tickets can be purchased at Ace Hardware, La Crosse; Market Bar, Sparta; MB Audio, Tomah; McCoy’s, building 1571; Pine View Campground, building 8053; and the Community Activity Center, building 2000.

The concert is presented by U.S. Army Entertainment and Fort McCoy’s Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR).

For more information, or to buy tickets, visit the Fort McCoy MWR website at www.mccoymwr.com or call the Concert Hotline at 877-864-4969.


Wellness Fair activities scheduled for May 11  [ back to top ]
The annual Fort McCoy Wellness Fair is Wednesday, May 11 from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

Highlights include a Red Cross Blood Drive, a 5K and 2-mile walk, door prizes and informational booths by area business.
For more information, call 608-388-2290.

The event is sponsored in part by Gundersen Lutheran, USAA, and Allied American University. No federal endorsement is implied.



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