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June 25, 2010

News Notes

Chapel renovations

An employee of Capaul’s Floor Covering Inc., of Tomah, Wis., installs carpeting at the newly renovated Chapel 1, building 2672, at Fort McCoy. Arteaga Construction of Milwaukee is the contractor for the project, which is scheduled to be completed by mid-to-late July and turned over to the Religious Support Office for use. Photo by Rob Schuette


PHOTO: An employee of Capaul’s Floor Covering Inc., of Tomah, Wis., installs carpeting at the newly renovated Chapel 1, building 2672, at Fort McCoy. Photo by Rob Schuette
Family Fun Day July 10 at McCoy Pine View Campground  [ back to top ]

Fort McCoy’s Pine View Campground is hosting a Family Fun Day Saturday, July 10 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Activities include Family Fun Inflatables, Grandpa Nick’s Petting Farm, Family Olympics, face painting, and visits from the Fort McCoy Police/Fire Smokehouse and McGruff.

The event is free and open to the public.

Camping also is available. Call 608-388-3517 or 800-531-4703 for more information or camping reservations. 


Family Focus features free mini-golf play July 17, 24   [ back to top ]

Families who participate in the Family Focus program at Fort McCoy can receive one free game of miniature golf Saturday, July 17 or July 24 anytime between 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at Pine View Campground.

Each Family must call Army Community Service (ACS) at 608-388-3505 by 4 p.m. the Wednesday before the date they would like to golf. A minimum attendance of one adult and one child is required.

Scorecards can be taken to ACS, 2111 South 8th Avenue Fort McCoy, to receive 75 Family Focus Franks per Family.

Family Focus is open to Fort McCoy Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, Retirees, DoD, NAF, contract employees, registered volunteers and Family members. Families who would like to participate in the Family Focus program can call ACS at 608-388-3505 to register. 


Rear Detachment Courses set for July 19-20 at Fort McCoy ACS  [ back to top ]

A Rear Detachment Commander and Family Readiness Group (FRG) training seminar will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, July 19 and Tuesday, July 20 at Army Community Service (ACS) Center at 2111 South 8th Avenue, Fort McCoy.

Topics will include ACS Overview, Volunteer Management, The Roles and Responsibilities of the Rear Detachment Commander and FRG Leader, Army Family Team Building, Working with Families, Overview of Army Regulation 608-1 Appendix J “Family Readiness Group Operations,” Supporting the Unit when a Casualty Occurs, TRICARE & Legal Overview, Building a Resource Library, Working with a Family Support Network, How to be an effective FRG Leader, and Real Life Scenarios.

To register, call ACS at 608-388-3505 no later than Friday, July 16. Go to the website http://www.mccoymwr.com/ACS/Upcoming%20Events.htm to view a flier.  


Newcomer Orientation to be held July 21    [ back to top ]

A Fort McCoy Newcomer Orientation will be held from 8 a.m.-noon Wednesday, July 21 at 60 South O St.

The orientation is open to all new installation personnel and their spouses.

Newcomer Orientations provide briefings by representatives from various installation activities regarding the services they offer and includes a tour of the installation. Childcare may be provided on a space-available basis for authorized patrons with a one-week advance notice.

Registration can be made online at http://www.mccoymwr.com by clicking on the ACS Academy link or by calling 608-388-3505. Go to the website at http://www.mccoymwr.com/ACS/Upcoming%20Events.htm to view a flier.  


What freedom means essays forms available for Family Focus  [ back to top ]

During July, the Fort McCoy Family Focus program is offering Families an opportunity to create a keepsake journal that reflects what freedom means to them.

Family Focus Families can pick up a journal at Army Community Service (ACS), 2111 South 8th Avenue. Families can write, draw, display photos, etc., to explain their concept of freedom.

Family journals brought into ACS by 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13 will receive 150 Family Focus Franks. Journals will remain property of the Families.

For more information or to enroll in the program, call ACS at 608-388-3505 or stop by building, 2111 to sign up. 


National Security Personnel System transitioning to GS system    [ back to top ]

The 2010 National Defense Authorization Act requires the termination of the National Security Personnel System (NSPS) by January 2012. As a result, more than 220,000 Department of Defense employees will be transitioned back to the General Schedule (GS) system. All Installation Management Command NSPS employees will transition Aug. 15. At Fort McCoy, this will affect approximately 115 NSPS personnel assigned to the U.S. Army Garrison. The transition will not impact other garrison employees.

Garrison NSPS employees will receive transition information through a variety of media including transition presentations, e-mail messages, and postings on the NSPS pages located in the Command Group (From the Commander) area of the Fort McCoy Corporate Network. NSPS personnel assigned to other organizations at Fort McCoy should seek information regarding transition dates and procedures through their chain of command.

Additional information regarding the impending transition may be found at http://www.cpms.osd.mil/nsps and http://cpol.army.mil/library/general/nsps/. Online training on the General Schedule System may be found at http://www.cpms.osd.mil/nsps/gs101/index.htm.

For additional information, contact your supervisor or Debi Waterman-Antone at 388-5485 or debi.watermanantone@us.army.mil.


Diversity Award nominations forms now available, due Aug. 13   [ back to top ]

Nomination forms for the 2010 Excellence in Diversity Award are available.

The award recognizes members of the Fort McCoy work force (military and federal civilian) who contribute to diversity through their career field, personal life, and/or community activities, and strive to improve the status of women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

Nomination forms can be submitted by all military and federal civilians of the installation work force.

Nominations must be submitted by Friday, Aug. 13. Nomination forms are available on the Corporate Network or by contacting Ernestine Robinson, at 608-388-3106/3107. 


Women’s Equality Day Luncheon observance set for Aug. 26   [ back to top ]

A Women’s Equality Day Luncheon will be held Thursday, Aug. 26 at McCoy’s, building 1571. The luncheon is at 11:30 a.m., with lunch on your own, and the program is from noon to 1 p.m.

The event recognizes the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. The guest speaker is Brig. Gen. Marcia Anderson.

The 2010 Fort McCoy Excellence in Diversity Award also will be presented. For information, call Ernestine Robinson at 608-388-3106. 

New program helps Families find in-home care  [ back to top ]
A new Department of Defense (DoD) program offers to help all military Families find in-home care. All Army, Marine, Navy, and Air Force Families, (active, Reserve and Guard) now are eligible for memberships to Sittercity, which are paid by the DoD.

DoD offers this premium membership to military families at no cost. This is a web-based self-service solution, where participants make all arrangements including hiring decision and payment of caregivers.

Sittercity is the nation’s largest and most-trusted website for finding quality local babysitters, nannies, elder-care providers, dog walkers, housekeepers and tutors. Military Families now can visit http://www.sittercity.com/dod to activate their paid membership.

The Sittercity program provides military Families with instant access to more than 1 million nationwide comprehensive caregiver profiles, which include background checks, references, reviews, pictures and much more.

Sittercity’s proprietary matching technology helps Families hand-select the perfect caregiver for their Family. In addition, military Families will be able to connect with military certified care-providers on Sittercity including Child Development Homes and Family Child Care as well as caregivers who are military subsidized and authorized access to a military installation.

This new program can help participants find child caregivers for a number of situations, including after-school, hourly care, school vacations, respite care during deployment, planning for a Permanent Change of Station, extended duty hours, weekend care, special needs children, etc. The Sittercity program also can offer other services.

For more information in the Fort McCoy community, call 608-388-4124.

(Submitted by Fort McCoy Child, Youth & School Services.)



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