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May 27, 2011

News Notes

Casting a line

An angler tries his luck at Squaw Lake at Fort McCoy. Fort McCoy will participate in the Wisconsin Free Fishing Weekend June 4-5. While no permits are necessary, all other regulations and bag limits are in effect.

Photo by Rob Schuette


PHOTO: An angler tries his luck at Squaw Lake at Fort McCoy. Photo by Rob Schuette
The Real McCoy Online receives IMCOM award [ back to top ]
The Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office has been recognized with a Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Installation Management Command (IMCOM) Public Affairs award in the Web publications category.

The Real McCoy Online took second place in the category. The U.S. Army War College Community Banner of Carlisle Barracks, Pa., was awarded first place.

Fort McCoy along with Carlisle Barracks and the Herald Union Online of Wiesbaden, Germany, which finished third, represented IMCOM in the Army level competition.

The competition recognizes excellence in achieving the objectives of the Army Public Affairs Program. The Office of the Chief of Public Affairs conducts the competition annually in order to recognize, cultivate and inspire excellence within the Army Public Affairs community.


Pine View Campground begins summer season May 27  [ back to top ]

Pine View Campground begins its summer season Friday, May 27. That weekend’s activities include a tailgating party, barbecue cooking contest, a sand volleyball tournament and more. Pine View is open to the public.

Beach hours are 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily. Camp Store hours are from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday-Thursday. For a listing of themed weekends held throughout the summer season, and special events and activities, visit the website http://www.mccoymwr.com/rec-a-fitness/campground.html.

For more information, call 608-388-3517. 


ARRTC flag-casing ceremony set for June 3 at building 50  [ back to top ]

A flag-casing ceremony for the Army Reserve Readiness Training Center (ARRTC) will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 3 at building 50.

The ceremony will mark the end of the ARRTC’s 35 years of service at Fort McCoy and is open to members of the Fort McCoy community. The organization is relocating to Fort Knox, Ky., as directed by of the Base, Realignment and Closure process of 2005.

For more information about the ceremony, call Maj. Thomas Fillgrove at 608-388-6715, Master Sgt. Angela Plowden at 608-388-8145 or Master Sgt. Efrain Goire at 608-388-7136. 


86th Training Division sets change of command for June 5  [ back to top ]
mbined change-of-command and change-of-responsibility ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 5 at Parade Field No. 1. The inclement weather site is the auditorium in building 60.

84th Training Command Commanding General Maj. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley will preside over the change-of-command ceremony. Brig. Gen. Daniel L. York will assume command from Brig. Gen. Alton G. Berry. York currently is the commander of the 104th Training Division (Leader Training), headquartered at Fort Lewis, Wash. Berry is transferring to the 88th Regional Support Command, where he will become deputy commander.

Immediately after the change of command, York will preside over a change-of-responsibility ceremony. Command Sgt. Maj. Harold P. Estabrooks will assume the role from Command Sgt. Maj. Knute K. Weick.

Units affected by the change of command are the 2nd, 70th Operations Brigade; 3rd, 329th Support Battalion; Regional Training Center-Central; and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 86th Training Division.

Everyone in the Fort McCoy community is welcome to attend the event.


Ribbon-cutting ceremony June 9 for Boundless Playground  [ back to top ]
The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Boundless Playground at Pine View Campground is Thursday, June 9 at 10 a.m.

Refreshments will be available. Families in the Family Focus program will receive 100 Franks for attending.

For more information, call 608-388-3505.


Woodshop class schedule announced for June  [ back to top ]

Pen Turning and Coin Rack Display Case classes will be held in June at the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) Woodshop, building 1133.

The Pen Turning class is offered June 15 or 28 from 6-9 p.m. The three-hour course will teach participants to turn a pen. The cost is $10 and includes materials.

The Coin Rack Display Case class is offered June 9 or 22 from 6-8 p.m. Participants of the two-hour class will make a walnut display case that holds 25-30 military coins. The cost is $12 per person and includes materials.

A Woodshop Safety class is held select Mondays from 6-9 p.m. Participants learn to use hand tools, hand power tools and shop equipment, including table saws, planers, drill press, band saws, lathes, and much more. 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. Register for classes by calling 608-388-6588. Class sizes are limited.

Michael Napsey, DFMWR Woodshop manager, is looking for individuals that are experienced in woodworking to volunteer at the Woodshop to assist patrons with their projects and instruct classes. The Woodshop, run exclusively by volunteers, is seeking experienced woodworking volunteers. If interested, call the Army Volunteer Corps Coordinator at 608-388-6507.


Army Birthday events set for June 14 at Fort McCoy  [ back to top ]
Fort McCoy’s Army Birthday celebration is Tuesday, June 14.

The day’s events start with a Commander’s 5-K Run at 7 a.m. at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

A drive-thru breakfast will be available at McCoy’s, building 1571 from 7-9 a.m. Offerings include free donuts, breakfast bars, coffee, juice and T-shirts, while supplies last.

A free lunch will be served at Constitution Park from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., while supplies last, with the official cake-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m.

Additional specials include free automatic car washes at the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Car Wash from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and free bowling at McCoy’s from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The events and specials are open to the entire Fort McCoy community.


Swimming lessons for youth begin June 20 at Rumpel  [ back to top ]

Swimming lessons for youth 4-18 years old, who are at least 42 inches tall, are available at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

Classes are held Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays at 8:45 or 9 a.m. for levels 1-4 and 10:15 a.m. for levels 1-3, 5-6.

The first session is June 20 – July 8 (no class July 4). The second session is July 11 – 26. Each session is $20 per participant.

To register, call 608-388-8956 or visit the website https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/mccoycyms.html. The participants’ swim level will be required when registering. 


BOSS plans July 30 bus trip to Military All-Stars game  [ back to top ]

The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program at Fort McCoy is hosting a night out to watch the U.S. Military All-Stars versus the La Crosse Area All-Stars Baseball Game Saturday, July 30 at the La Crosse Loggers stadium.

The cost is approximately $30 per person and includes transportation, game entrance, private cabin seats and all you can eat and drink. Minimum attendance of 20 people and advanced purchase by June 15 is required.

A van will depart Fort McCoy at 4:30 p.m. from BOSS Headquarters, building 1647, and return at approximately 11 p.m.
The event is open to all single and geographically separated Soldiers and Department of Defense civilians.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact the BOSS president, Staff Sgt. Juliet Koeppl, at 608-388-0795 or by e-mail at Juliet.koeppl@us.army.mil.  


Women’s Equality Day Aug. 25; Diversity Award nominations open  [ back to top ]
A Women’s Equality Day Luncheon will be held Thursday, Aug. 25 at McCoy’s, building 1571. The event begins at 11:30 a.m., with lunch on your own, followed by the presentation from noon-1 p.m.

The event honors the women who worked for women’s suffrage and celebrates the 91st anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. The guest speaker is Gloria Dippen.

The Fort McCoy Excellence in Diversity Award will be presented at the end of the program.

Nominations for the Excellence in Diversity Award must be submitted by Aug. 12. For a copy of the nomination form contact Ernestine Robinson at 608-388-3106/3107.

Nomination forms also are available on the Corporate Network.



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