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News Notes

Commissary to hold sales starting April 30  [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Commissary, building 1537, will host a number of special sales during the next several months, beginning with a one-day sale Thursday, April 30.

The sales are open only to authorized military patrons.

The April 30 sale will run from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fort McCoy also will host a case-lot sale Friday, May 29-Saturday, May 30. Hours will be 9 a.m.-6 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. Items will be selected and picked up at the Commissary.

Authorized military personnel also are advised there will be a case-lot sale 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 3 at the U.S. Army Reserve Center at 2929 Holmgren Way, at Green Bay, Wis.

Another case-lot sale for authorized military personnel will be held at a time to be determined Sunday, June 7 in Minneapolis.

For more information about the sales, call the Fort McCoy Commissary at 608-388-3542.

McCoy Arbor Day ceremony set for May 1  [ back to top ]

A ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 1 at the north end of Parade Field 1 to help Fort McCoy celebrate National Arbor Day.

The event is open to members of the Fort McCoy community and will include representatives from Fort McCoy’s Command Group, the Directorate of Public Works Forestry Section and the Child Youth and School Services program.

For more information, call 608-388-2102.


McCoy fishing contest to run May 2-Sept. 5  [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy fishing contest will run from Saturday, May 2, to Saturday, Sept. 5 and is open to the public.

All fish must be caught in Fort McCoy waters. Anglers must observe all state and Fort McCoy regulations and have current state and Fort McCoy licenses and permits.

First- and second-place prizes will be determined in each category by weight. Fish length will be used as the tiebreaker, if necessary. Each participant is eligible for one prize only.

Categories will be largemouth bass, rainbow trout, crappie, cat fish, bull head and blue gill. Participants must register their fish at the Pine View Recreation Area Campground Office, building 8053, within 24 hours of catching the fish and cannot freeze them.

Maps of the fishing area are available at the Campground Office.

For more information, call 800-531-4703 or 608-388-3517.


TAP workshop set for May 4-7 at McCoy's  [ back to top ]

A Transitioning Assistance Program (TAP) workshop for Soldiers transitioning to civilian life will be held at McCoy’s, building 1571, at Fort McCoy, from Monday, May 4-Thursday, May 7.

The Army Career Alumni Program (ACAP) prepares transitioning Soldiers for success by providing services such as pre-separation briefings, education and training information and referrals that are all designed to help Soldiers transition or readjust to the civilian work force. 

TAP workshops, job assistance seminars and counseling are some of the resources that ACAP uses to help Soldiers find and land the best jobs. Companies are hiring and they are looking for veteran experience. ACAP can assist Soldiers in putting their best foot forward right in their doorways.

Leaders are encouraged to help their transitioning Soldiers by encouraging them to take advantage of the transition planning services offered by the ACAP program.

After U.S. Army Reserve or National Guard Soldiers complete 180 days of active duty and for up to six months following REFRAD (release from active duty), they are eligible to receive transition-assistance information.

Active Guard/Reserve or active-component Soldiers who are within two years of eligibility for retirement or within one year of separation also are eligible to receive transition-assistance information.

Any Soldier in one of these categories who would like to attend the TAP workshop can call Ken Quade at 608-388-2318 to register.

For more details about how the Fort McCoy ACAP office can assist Soldiers, call Mitzi Hinton at 608-388-7941 or stop by the Soldier Readiness Center, building 2643, room 103.


First-class stamp cost to increase May 11  [ back to top ]

Personnel in the Fort McCoy community are encouraged to take steps to ease the transition of having the price of first-class stamps increase from 42 cents to 44 cents, effective Monday, May 11.

One of the most effective ways to reduce costs is to ask for Forever stamps when purchasing first-class stamps, said Cathy Junker, a management analyst for the Fort McCoy Directorate of Human Resources.

Forever stamps can be purchased at the current cost of first-class postage until the rate changes May 11. Purchasing a book of forever stamps before May 11 will cost $8.40, but on May 11 the book will cost $8.80. Forever stamps do not require a customer to purchase 2 cents in additional postage stamps to cover the additional postage needed like the old 42-cent stamps will when the rate changes.

Stamps can be purchased at various locations: the Fort McCoy Post Office, building 1649; Post Exchange, building 1538; Post Offices in Sparta, Tomah, Black River Falls, La Crosse, etc. Customer-service areas in selected department and grocery stores also may sell stamps. Stamps also can also be ordered online from the convenience of home, with a $1 fee being charged.

The U.S. Postal Service Web site is: 
http://shop.usps.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/TopCategoriesDisplay?storeId=10001&catalogId=10152. A list of postage costs is available at the Web site http://www.usps.com/prices/pricechanges.htm.

For more information in the Fort McCoy community, call the Fort McCoy Post Office at 608-388-3825.


Armed Forces Day Open House May 16  [ back to top ]

Fort McCoy will host its annual Armed Forces Day Open House Saturday, May 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine.

The event is open to the public. Admission and parking are free.

This year’s open house will feature a mix of time-tested favorites and new activities.

Fort McCoy is marking an important milestone in 2009 — its 100th anniversary. 

The buildings and parklike setting of Fort McCoy’s Commemorative Area will serve as the hub for all activities. The History Center, Commemorative Area Buildings and Equipment Park will be open throughout the day. Items on display at the History Center include artifacts and photographs depicting the installation’s history from 1909 to the present day.

The five World War II-era commemorative buildings help tell Fort McCoy’s unique story through the use of period furnishings and displays. These facilities, which have not undergone significant renovation and are representative of the types of buildings found in the cantonment area when it was constructed in 1942, help to depict Soldier life during the 1940s. The Equipment Park is an outdoor static display of more than 50 pieces of historic and present-day military equipment, ranging from helicopters and howitzers to trucks and trailers.

Highlights include guided bus tours of the installation, personalized dog tags, camouflage face-painting, an interactive marksmanship gallery, an obstacle course for children, and historical military re-enactors. Many informational exhibits and displays of modern military equipment and clothing also will be on site. Food and refreshments will be sold at a concession stand throughout the day.

Open House visitors must use Gate 15 (Tomah Gate) to access the Open House grounds from off post. Adult visitors must be prepared to show photo identification upon entering.

For more information, call the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office at 608-388-2407.


U.S. Army Soldier Show to perform May 30 at Rumpel Fitness Center  [ back to top ]

The U.S. Army Soldier Show will perform at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30 at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122, at Fort McCoy. Admission is free.

Doors will open one hour before the performance begins. The event is open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, call 608-388-6461.


Locations, times announced for concert ticket kick off  [ back to top ]

A ticket kickoff sale has been set for Friday, July 10 for the Army Concert Tour event at Fort McCoy.

Tickets to the Aug. 28 concert featuring country artists Brooks & Dunn and classic-rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd will cost $40 on July 10.

The tickets will be on sale from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the following Kwik Trips: Sparta (Black River Street); La Crosse (Rose Street); Onalaska (Highway 16); Onalaska (Highway 35); Mauston (Highway 82); and Wisconsin Rapids (Grand Avenue); as well as MB Audio in Tomah.

At Fort McCoy, tickets will be on sale at McCoy’s, building 1571, from 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m., and via the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Event Line and Web site from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

For up-to-date information about the concert, call the Fort McCoy Morale, Welfare and Recreation Event Line at 877-864-4969 or visit the Fort McCoy MWR Web site at http://www.mccoymwr.com.


Army Ten-Miler team to compete Oct. 4 in Washington, D.C.  [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Army Ten-Miler Team has been announced and will compete Oct. 4 at Washington, D.C., in the Army Reserve Mixed category.

The team consists of two female and two male Soldiers, with an alternate Soldier who would replace a team member who couldn’t compete.

The team is comprised of Maj. Ricky Utley (1:08), Master Sgt. Leslie Guttenberg (team captain, 1:13:34), Master Sgt. Misty Brown (1:13:35), Sgt. 1st Class Jon Fredach (1:15) and Sgt. 1st Class Marisol Hernandez (1:18:24). All five team members will go to Washington, D.C.


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