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May 28, 2010

News Notes

Case Lot Sale

Commissary patrons check out their purchases at the Fort McCoy Commissary Case Lot Sale, which was held May 14-15. A Case Lot Sale also is scheduled for June 13 in Duluth, Minn. For more information about the Fort McCoy Commissary, call 608-388-3542.

Photo by Jessica Pfaff


PHOTO: ommissary patrons check out their purchases at the Fort McCoy Commissary Case Lot Sale, which was held May 14-15. Photo by Jessica Pfaff
Free concert admission vouchers available to military June 1-17 [ back to top ]

Active-duty servicemembers from any branch including Guard and Reserve, are eligible to get vouchers for free attendance at the Saturday, Aug. 7 Army Concert Tour performance at Fort McCoy. Vouchers can be obtained in person from June 1-17 at the Fort McCoy Community Activity Center, building 2000. The facility is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Servicemembers must show their military ID.

Military members who obtain the general admission voucher also can purchase tickets for Family members for $30 from June 1-17 at the Community Activity Center. This offer is good only for those servicemembers who obtain the free-admission voucher.

Otherwise, anyone can purchase tickets for $30 at the June 18 kickoff event, $40 for advance and $45 for day of the show.
On the night of the concert, voucher holders must use a special designated entrance. Servicemembers must provide the general admission voucher and a valid military ID (Common Access Card — CAC) to gain entry to the grounds. Military IDs (CAC) will be scanned that evening to ensure they are valid.

Any questions about the free, general- admission vouchers can be directed to Sheila Peterson, Community Activities, 608-388-4161 or via e-mail to sheila.peterson@us.army.mil


Mandatory vehicle insurance law takes effect June 1  [ back to top ]

Effective Tuesday, June 1, all motorists who enter or drive on Fort McCoy must have proof of vehicle liability insurance and be prepared to show it if asked.

Sgt. Domenic Modica, Fort McCoy Traffic Sergeant, said State of Wisconsin law will require motorists to have proof of insurance. Wisconsin will be the 49th state to require mandatory vehicle insurance, with only New Hampshire not requiring vehicle insurance.

Proof of vehicle insurance likely will be in the form of a card or letter insurance companies issue to an insured motorist. Motorists who are asked and cannot present proof of mandatory insurance may face fines.

At Fort McCoy, personnel should be prepared to show proof of insurance when: getting a vehicle guest pass; involved in a traffic stop, such as for speeding or another traffic infraction; and obtaining and/or updating vehicle registration information, Modica said.

More information about mandatory vehicle liability insurance is available in the Wisconsin Statutes and Annotations, which are available at the Web site http://www.legis.state.wi.us/rsb/Statutes.html. At the Web site, go to Chapter 344 Vehicles – Financial Responsibilities, and then to Subchapter VI, Mandatory Liability Insurance, Sections 61-67.

For more information about the policy in the Fort McCoy community, call 608-388-2044.  


Free fishing weekend observed June 5-6 in Fort McCoy waters  [ back to top ]

Fort McCoy will participate in Wisconsin’s Free Fishing Weekend, Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6. No permits or licenses will be required to fish in Fort McCoy waters during this weekend event.

All Fort McCoy and state of Wisconsin fishing regulations and any bag limits still will be in effect.

For more information about the free fishing weekend, Fort McCoy fishing regulations/bag limits or the inland fishing season, visit the Web site http://www.mccoy.army.mil/RecreationOpportunities/Fishing%20&%20Hunting/H_F_Overview.asp?id=overview
 or call the Permit Sales Office, building 2168, at 608-388-3337, or visit the Pine View Recreation Area campground office, building 8053. 


McCoy vs. Sparta softball game at Constitution Park June 6, 1 p.m.    [ back to top ]

Softball teams from Sparta and Fort McCoy will compete for bragging rights in a Sunday, June 6 matchup at Fort McCoy.

The game, which will begin at 1 p.m. at a Constitution Park ball field, will carry several twists, said 1st Sgt. David Huskey of Regional Training Center-Central, the Fort McCoy team manager. It will be played with a 16-inch circumference Chicago-style softball, instead of the more usual 12-inch softball. Players in the field for both teams won’t use gloves, but will catch the ball with their bare hands.

The winner will receive a traveling trophy. Huskey said the intention is for the game to become an annual event to promote camaraderie between the two communities.

Tony Angelini of Angelini’s Pizzaria and Restaurant of Sparta is organizing the Sparta squad.

Attendance at the game is free. People coming from off post should come through the Main Gate and be prepared to present photo identification.

Anyone who wants more information about the game can stop at Angelini’s in Sparta or call Huskey at 636-734-8476. 


Rear Detachment Commander course to be held at ACS  [ back to top ]
A Roles and Responsibilities of a Rear Detachment Commander and Family Readiness Group Leader class will be held Monday, June 7 from 8 – 10 a.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

The class will explain the expectations of all Rear Detachment Commanders and Family Readiness Group Leaders. Topics also include determining which volunteer positions are needed within units and the Army Volunteer Corps Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.

This interactive class will allow attendees to practice real-life pre-mobilization through post-mobilization scenarios.

Registration is required by close of business Thursday, June 3. Administrative leave may be granted at a supervisor’s discretion.
For more information or to register, call 608-388-3505.


Newcomers orientation to be held June 9 at McCoy   [ back to top ]
The next Newcomers Orientation is scheduled from 8 a.m.-noon Wednesday, June 9 at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

Registration is requested by 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 2.

The briefing is open to all Fort McCoy personnel and their Families. The orientation covers the services and facilities available at Fort McCoy and includes a bus tour of the installation. For more information or to register, call 608-388-3505.


Army Birthday observance set for June 11 at McCoy   [ back to top ]

Fort McCoy will observe the Army’s birthday with events Friday, June 11. Activities begin at 7 a.m. with a Commander’s Run at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122. A drive-through breakfast, including free donuts or breakfast bar, coffee and juice, and free T-shirts (while supplies last) will be offered at McCoy’s, building 1571, from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.

A free lunch will be available at Constitution Park from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. with an official cake-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m.

Other offerings will be free automatic car washes at the MWR car wash from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and free bowling at McCoy’s from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Events and specials are open to the entire Fort McCoy community.

For more information, call 608-388-7400. 


SKIESUnlimited Courses to begin June 14 at Fort McCoy     [ back to top ]

The School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration, and Skills Unlimited, now is accepting registration for swimming, tumbling and soccer classes.

Swimming classes will be available for levels 1-6, (Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays) from June 14-29. Children must be 4-years-old and 42 inches tall. The registration fee is $15 per child. When calling to register, parents must know the swim level of their child.

Soccer classes will be offered to children ages 5-7 years, (Tuesdays and Thursdays) from June 15-Aug. 12. The registration fee is $15 per child.

Tumbling classes will be offered to children ages 2-5 years (Wednesdays) from June 16 – July 21.

The registration fee is $13 per child.

All participants must be registered with Child, Youth & School Services. Payments for classes are due at the time of registration.

Call Parent Central Services at 608-388-8956 to register or register online at: www.webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/mccoycyms.html.  


Additional 2010 Area Guides available at Fort McCoy   [ back to top ]

The 2010 Fort McCoy Area Guide is available in hardcopy form and also in an online version.

Individuals wanting one or several hardcopies can get them at various post locations, including McCoy’s, building 1571; the Post Exchange, building 1538; the Commissary, building 1537; and the Community Activity Center, building 2000.

Organizations seeking copies in larger quantities should call the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office, building 100, at 608-388-2407 to arrange a time and pickup location.

The most up-to-date version of the Fort McCoy Area Guide is available in a printable Portable Document Format (Adobe Acrobat) and can be accessed at the Web site http://www.mccoy.army.mil/ReadingRoom/Newspaper/AreaGuide/index.htm.  


Volunteers sought for Army Concert Tour  [ back to top ]
The Fort McCoy Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation is seeking volunteers for the 2010 Army Concert Tour Saturday, Aug. 7.

Volunteer ticket takers, wrist-band issuers, beverage servers, ticket sellers, parking attendants, will-call workers and clean-up crews are needed.

As appreciation for their support, volunteers will receive a T-shirt and an invitation to the Volunteer Recognition Night Friday, Aug. 13 at McCoy’s, building 1571.

For more information or to become a volunteer, call Karla Rynes, concert volunteer coordinator, at 608-388-4226.





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