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April 27, 2012

News Notes


2nd, 426th Change of Command

Lt. Col. Andrew Ratzlaff (right) assumed command of the 2nd Battalion, 426th Regiment (Modular) during a change -of -command ceremony. Other ceremony participants included outgoing 2nd, 426th Regiment (Modular) Commander Lt. Col. Trevor Vannieuwenhoven (left) and 426th Regiment Commander Col. Richard Borkowski. The ceremony was held April 15 at the Wisconsin Military Academy facility.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Keith Walley

PHOTO: Lt. Col. Andrew Ratzlaff (right) assumed command of the 2nd Battalion, 426th Regiment (Modular) during a change-of-command ceremony.
The Daily Grind coffee shop open at the Exchange  [ back to top ]
The Daily Grind coffee shop is open at the Fort McCoy Exchange, building 1538. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Everyone in the Fort McCoy community is authorized to make purchases at The Daily Grind.

For more information, call 608-388-2618.


Arts and Crafts submissions accepted beginning May 1  [ back to top ]

The Army Arts and Crafts Contest will accept submissions from May 1-June 30.

Submission must be entered in Group I (novice) or Group II (accomplished), based on the experience level of the artist. Categories include ceramics, drawings, fibers and textiles, glass, metals and jewelry, digital art, mixed media, paintings and wood.

All authorized Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons with an Army Knowledge Online e-mail account are eligible to enter the contest.

For more information, including eligibility, rules, and submission guidelines, visit the website https://apps.imcom.army.mil/APPTRAC


Spring Clean-Up Day set for May 2  [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Spring Clean-Up Day is Wednesday, May 2.

This day is designated for garrison and tenant organizations to clean and beautify the interior and the exterior of facilities and areas.


My Army Benefits training set for May 7 at ACS Center  [ back to top ]
My Army Benefits training is scheduled for Monday, May 7 at the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, building 2111.

The training will provide information on how to access state and federal benefits, retirement pay, deployment pay, survivor benefits pay, disability entitlements, and death gratuity entitlements.

For more information or to register, call ACS at 608-388-3505. Registration is required by Thursday, May 3.


Patriot Warrior Riders meets every other Tuesday  [ back to top ]
The Fort McCoy Motorcycle Mentorship Program, Patriot Warrior Riders meets every other Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at McCoy’s, building 1571. The next meeting is Tuesday, May 8.

Mentorship activities, initiatives and ride planning are discussed at each meeting.

Everyone in the Fort McCoy community interested in safe motorcycling is encouraged to attend. There is no membership fee to participate.

For more information, call Command Sgt. Maj. William Bissonette, at 608-388-3605.


May 9 Wellness Fair activities promote health and wellness  [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Wellness Fair is Wednesday, May 9 at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

The main portion of the event, from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., will showcase health- and wellness-related products and services provided by Fort McCoy and area businesses. Food also will be available for purchase.

BlueCross, BlueShield mobile mammography service will offer free mammograms from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. for BlueCross BlueShield Service Benefit Plan subscribers.

Other insurance carrier members can participate, however charges will apply. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 608-392-6237.

The Red Cross also will host a blood drive from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the fitness center.

A 5K run and two-mile walk will be held at 10:15 a.m. Participants must be registered by 9:30 a.m. the day of the event. Register online at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/mccoyrectrac.html or at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122. Prizes will be awarded for the run portion only.

A Three-point Shoot Out and Lightning Competition will be held from 11 a.m.-noon at the outdoor basketball courts behind the Fitness Center. Prizes will be awarded for each event.

For more information about the Wellness Fair, call 608-388-2290. 

Open Mic Nights begin May 9 at the CAC  [ back to top ]
Open Mic Nights begin Wednesday, May 9 at Fort McCoy. They will be held the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. from May through September at the Community Activity Center (CAC), building 2000. Open Mic Nights are a chance for performers to share a song, read poetry, or perform comedy.

The events are open to eligible CAC patrons and their guests.

An acoustic, electric and bass guitar, and drums will be available. Additional musical instruments will not be provided.

Each participant is limited to 10 minutes. Performances may not include profanity or obscene gestures.

For more information, call 608-388-3213.


Three-gun shooting competition May 12 at Sportsman’s Range  [ back to top ]

A three-gun shooting competition will be held Saturday, May 12 at 11 a.m. at Fort McCoy’s Sportsman’s Range.

Each participant will shoot targets in three different stages. Two stages will consist of using all three guns — rifles, shotguns and pistols — to complete the stage. One stage will be a shotgun only stage. Official rules will be available at a later date.

The entry fee is $20. Register at the Sportsman’s Range or at Pine View Campground, building 8053. Prizes will be awarded to the top finisher in each of the four divisions. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

For more information, call 608-388-3200. 


Recruiter Spouse Seminar being held May 16  [ back to top ]

An Enlisted Spouse Series: Recruiter Spouse Seminar will be held Wednesday, May 16 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

The seminar will help equip spouses of recruiters with the tools and information needed for a successful tour while their Soldier is on recruiting duty. The goal is to encourage self-reliant, informed, empowered and proactive spouses by helping the spouse and Family prepare for the assignment.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-3505. Participants must be registered by Friday, May 11. 


New garrison chaplain begins Fort McCoy tour  [ back to top ]
Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Allen Raub is the new Fort McCoy garrison chaplain.

Raub, a native of Oshkosh, Wis., came to Fort McCoy March 26 from U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, N.C. where he served as the chaplain reserve-component integrator. He said he is excited about not only his new role at Fort McCoy, but his recent (April 13) promotion to lieutenant colonel.

Raub brings a well-rounded background to the position, including 25 years of military service. He enlisted in the military in 1987 and served for 10 years in Army Reserve or National Guard positions.

After graduating with a master of divinity degree from the Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., Raub served as a pastor of a rural church in Wisconsin for three years.

He served as an active-duty chaplain from 1997 until 2005, when he became an Active Guard/Reserve chaplain.

Raub, a protestant, is ordained by the Evangelical Church Alliance.

For more information about the Fort McCoy Religious Support Office and worship programs, call 608-388-3528.



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