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News Notes

Army Emergency Relief campaign under way  [ back to top ]

      The 2008 Fort McCoy Army Emergency Relief (AER) campaign is under way and will end 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.

Arbor Day ceremony set for April 25 at Fort McCoy  [ back to top ]

      An Arbor Day ceremony will be held at 9 a.m.  Friday, April 25, at Fort McCoy.

      Children in the installation's Child Development Center will assist the Fort McCoy Forestry Program in planting trees at the north end of Parade Field No. 1 near the intersection of J Street and East Headquarters and West Headquarters Avenues. Everyone in the Fort McCoy community is welcome to attend the ceremony.

      For more information, call (608) 388-2102.


Family Readiness Group training to be May 2-3  [ back to top ]

      Family  Readiness Group (FRG) training will be held Friday, May 2-Saturday, May 3 at Army Community Service (ACS) 2111 South 8th Ave.

      Topics covered will be TRICARE, Legal, Finance, ACS Overview, Volunteer Management, Battlemind Training for Families, Working with Families, Building a Resource Library, Real Life Scenarios and Building and Running Your FRG.

      The classes will run 8 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. For more information or to register, contact ACS at (608) 388-3505.


Commissary to hold case-lot sale May 10-11    [ back to top ]

      The Fort McCoy Commissary, building 1537, 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 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).

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


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.


Speakers Bureau seeking military volunteers    [ back to top ]

      The Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office (PAO) is looking for Soldiers interested in supporting requests for speakers at events such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day programs.

      The PAO receives many such requests from community organizations and area schools. These speaking engagements help to tell the Army story and foster good will within the communities.

      Due to a number of installation Soldiers recently retiring or changing duty stations, the number of personnel available to support these requests has declined. 

      Soldiers of all ranks are welcome to register for the program.  Registration provides the PAO with a list of speakers who can be contacted to determine their availability for a request.

      No commitment will be made without prior approval from a Soldier. Speeches issued by the Department of Army are available to speakers for holidays such as Memorial Day.

      For more information or to register, contact the PAO at (608) 388-2407 or by e-mail at 


84th Soldier to participate in Reserve celebration   [ back to top ]

      A Soldier from the 84th Training Command (Leader Readiness), which has headquarters at Milwaukee and Fort McCoy, will represent the organization during a special National Capitol Reenlistment Ceremony to celebrate the Army Reserve's 100th anniversary.

      The ceremony will be part of a special celebration April 23 at Washington, D.C.

      Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Schmidt, the 84th G-1, Active Guard/Reserve manager, will represent the 84th. She is assigned to the 84th Headquarters in Milwaukee.

      The April edition of Soldiers Magazine also is dedicated to recognizing a century of service by the U.S. Army Reserve and is in distribution/circulation now.


Summer leagues looking for participants   [ back to top ]

      Authorized personnel can sign up for summer sports leagues by Wednesday, April 23, at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

      Participants are sought for summer soccer, sand volleyball and/or softball.

      For more information or to sign up, go to the Fitness Center front counter or call (608) 388-2290.


Army Reserve CYS to host 5 enrichment camps  [ back to top ]

      The Army Reserve Child and Youth Service will host five Army Reserve Enrichment Camps for youth 8-15 years old.

      The camps are free and open to Army Reserve dependents. Parents/care givers are  responsible for transportation to and from the camp sites.

      Available camps are Alpine, Ala., June 1-6, Sandwich, Mass., July 7-11, Loreto, Minn., June 15-20, King, N.C., July 13-18 and Dallas, Aug. 3-8.

      The Alpine and Sandwich camps accept youth ages 8-15. The Loreto, King and Dallas camps accept youth ages 8-14.

      For more information or to register, visit the Web site http://www.arfp.org/AREC.


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