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News Notes

Fort McCoy announces Army Ten-Miler Team  [ back to top ]

      A four-member Reserve Mixed Team will represent Fort McCoy in the Army Ten-Miler Oct. 5 in Washington, D.C.

      The quartet was led by David Zeichert, who finished in one-hour, eight-minutes and 44 seconds (1:08:44).

      Scott Trost (1:10:33), Leslie Guttenberg (1:15:27) and Misty Brown (1:16.16)  round out the team.

      Guttenberg and Brown are holdovers from last year's Fort McCoy team, which finished first in the Reserve Women's Division. Guttenberg will serve as team captain.

      The Fort McCoy team was chosen from personnel who competed in tryouts April 4, with the goal being to select the most competitive team.       

     All team members must be on active-duty orders the day of the race.


National Prayer Day luncheon May 1   [ back to top ]

      Fort McCoy will observe the National Day of Prayer Thursday, May 1, with a Prayer Luncheon at McCoy's, building 1571.

      The event will run from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., and is open to members of the Fort McCoy community. As a component of Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser's Command Master Religious Plan, garrison military and non-contractor federal service civilian personnel may attend this event, with their supervisor's approval and consistent with mission support requirements, in an administrative time capacity.  

      A luncheon buffet will be provided by the Religious Support Office (RSO), building 2675.

      Garrison Chaplain (Col.) Steven M. Colwell will be the featured speaker/presenter.

      The National Day of Prayer was made official in 1952, when President Harry S. Truman signed a bill proclaiming the National Day of Prayer into law. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill into law decreeing the National Day of Prayer be held the first Thursday of May.

      The National Day of Prayer is a day designated by the U.S. Congress as a day when all Americans, regardless of faith, are asked to come together and pray in their own way.

      For more information about the event, call the RSO at (608) 388-3528.


Child Safety Seat Checks April 30  [ back to top ]

      Child car safety-seat inspections will be held Wednesday, April 30 for members of the Fort McCoy community.

      The April 30 event will be held in the parking lot of the Fort McCoy Child and Youth Services building in the 1700 block.

      Sessions will be offered from 7-9 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. The inspections are free to parents and members of the Fort McCoy community.

      Another safety-seat inspection event is planned for Safety Day. (See related story above.)

      Eligible personnel attending one of the sessions can earn 200 Family Focus Franks.

      Nationwide, experts say more than 80 percent of child car safety seats are installed incorrectly. In addition, many children are placed unrestrained in vehicles.

      The use of child car safety seats has reduced the risk of fatal injuries by 71 percent, according to national studies. Motor vehicle crashes are the No. 1 killer of children.

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


Pet clinics set for Fort McCoy May 1-3  [ back to top ]

      The Great Lakes, Ill., Veterinary Treatment Facility will offer pet vaccination clinics for pets of military personnel at Fort McCoy Thursday, May 1-Saturday, May 3. A building number will be announced when known.

      The clinics will run from 2-4 p.m. May 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 2 and 9 a.m.-noon May 3. No appointments are necessary.

      Among the services available will be annual vaccinations, heartworm testing and fecal testing for internal parasites. Flea- and tick-control products and heartworm preventatives will be available for purchase.

      All active-duty military personnel, active-duty reservists, retirees and family members with valid identification cards are eligible. 

      Charges will apply for all services. Children younger than 12 will not be allowed in the clinic for safety reasons. Owners must have their pets under control at all times.

      For more information, contact the Great Lakes Veterinary Treatment Facility at DSN 792-5740 or commercial at (847) 688-5740.


Commissary to begin daily service May 4    [ back to top ]

      The Fort McCoy Commissary, building 1537, will be open seven days a week, beginning Sunday, May 4 as part of its extended summer hours schedule.

      The Commissary is open only to authorized military personnel and family members.

      The hours will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays. Early bird, self-service is available from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday for self checkouts only. The hours are expected to run through Sunday, Aug. 31.

      Currently, the Commissary is open Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., with early bird, self-service available 9-10 a.m.

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


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. May 10 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 11.

      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.

      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.

      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.


Military speakers needed for Speaker's Bureau   [ 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 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 


Smoking banned in GSA vehicles  [ back to top ]

      Personnel who smoke or use other tobacco-based products in General Services Administration (GSA) vehicles run the risk of having their organizations billed for the cleanup costs.

      Directorate of Logistics Installation Transportation Officer Jane Schmidt said the tobacco prohibitions are listed in the GSA policy and Fort McCoy Regulation 58-1, Installation Use and Management of Motor Vehicles. Both drivers and passengers cannot use any tobacco-based products while they are in a GSA vehicle that is parked or moving.

      The installation turns the GSA vehicles back to GSA on a predetermined basis for replacement, Schmidt said. GSA cleans the vehicle at that time to prepare it for auction.

      If it's determined that tobacco smoke/odor or other tobacco product residue remains in the vehicle, the DOL is charged for the additional cleaning, Schmidt said. This cost is passed along to the organization that used the vehicle.

      For more information, call Schmidt at (608) 388-6549.


BOSS community garden plots available for rent  [ back to top ]

      The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS)  program is renting community garden plots to eligible members of the Fort McCoy community.

      Plots will cost $20 for a 20-foot-by-20-foot area and will be issued Monday, April 28 and Monday, May 5 from 4-6:30 p.m.

      The entire garden is fenced, plots are tilled and water and gardening tools are available.

      Priority will be active-duty military, Reserves, National Guard, military retirees, Department of Defense (DoD) civilian employees and DoD contractor employees.

      Interested personnel can meet at the garden plot site on South Post.

      For more information about the garden plots, call BOSS at (608) 388-6588.




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