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Gypsy moth

Charles Mentzel, a forestry technician for the Fort McCoy Directorate of Public Works, places a gypsy moth trap near the Fort McCoy Fire Department. Fort McCoy personnel set about 100 traps annually to help the state of Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection monitor the movement of the moth across the state. 
(Photo by Rob Schuette)


Photo: Charles Mentzel, a forestry technician for the Fort McCoy Directorate of Public Works, places a gypsy moth trap near the Fort McCoy Fire Department. Fort McCoy personnel set about 100 traps annually to help the state of Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection monitor the movement of the moth across the state. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Army Concert Tour tickets on sale  [ back to top ]

      Tickets for the Army Concert Tour performance at Fort McCoy Aug. 9 are on sale.

      A ticket kickoff will be held Friday, June 27, with tickets costing $30 this day only.

      The ticket kickoff event will be held at the following times and locations.

  • 8 a.m.-8 p.m. The Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Events Line (toll-free) (877) 864-4969 or the MWR Web site at http://www.mccoymwr.com.

  • 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. McCoy's, building 1571, Fort McCoy.

  • 10 a.m.-6 p.m. MB Audio, Tomah; and the following Kwik Trips: Sparta (Black River Street); La Crosse (Rose Street); Onalaska (Highways 16 and 35); Mauston (Highway 82) and Wisconsin Rapids (Grand Avenue).

      Tickets purchased Saturday, June 28-Friday, Aug. 8 will cost $35.

      Tickets the day of the performance will cost $40.

      All ticket sales are subject to availability.

      Beginning June 28 tickets can be purchased at the following locations: MB Audio, Tomah; Market Bar, Sparta; Ace Hardware, La Crosse; and at Fort McCoy, Pine View Campground, building 8053, McCoy's, building 1571, and the Community Activity Center, building 2000.

      The concert will feature the German hard rock group, the Scorpions, and Alice Cooper as the co-headliners. The opening act will be Hip Kitty.

      More information about the Scorpions can be found at the Web site http://www.the-scorpions.com.

      More information about Alice Cooper can be found at the Web site http://www.alicecooper.com.

      For more information or updated concert information, visit the MWR Web site or call the Fort McCoy Morale, Welfare and Recreation Events Line.

Army Concert Tour seeks volunteer help   [ back to top ]

      Volunteers are needed to help support the Army Concert Tour stop at Fort McCoy Saturday, Aug. 9.

      The following areas need volunteers and include ticket takers, wristbanding, beverage servers, ticket sellers, parking attendants, will call and cleanup.

      Those volunteering will receive a concert volunteer T-shirt and an invitation to the Volunteer Recognition Night Friday, Aug. 22 at McCoy's, building 1571.

      The volunteers will receive a meal, beverages and a free concert.

      All proceeds from the event will be used to benefit the Fort McCoy Morale, Recreation and Welfare fund and quality-of-life projects.

      For more information, call Karla Miller at (608) 388-4226.


CAC to host "Salute to Soldiers" event July 4  [ back to top ]

      Soldiers are welcome to attend a free Salute to Soldiers event Friday, July 4 at the Fort McCoy Community Activity Center, building 2000.

      The event will run from 4-6 p.m. and includes games/tournaments, door prizes and brats and hamburgers with fixings (while supplies last.)

      The Mobile United Services Organization Canteen also will be on site.

      The United Services Automobile Association, Reinhart Foods and the Morale, Welfare and Recreation program are sponsoring the event. No federal endorsement is implied.

      For more information, call (608) 388-3213.


Fort McCoy Commissary to be open July 4    [ back to top ]

      The Fort McCoy Commissary, building 1537, will be open special hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, July 4. Only military authorized personnel can shop at commissaries.

      The Fort McCoy Commissary is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays. Early bird self-service checkout is available 9-10 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

      For more information about the Fort McCoy Commissary, call (608) 388-3542 or visit the Web site 


Marriage Bootcamp set for Wednesdays July 9, 16, 23  [ back to top ]

      Strategies to enrich marriages will be presented at a Marriage Bootcamp set for Wednesday nights July 9, 16 and 23.

      The sessions will run from 6-8 p.m. each night and feature Ted Stein of Stein Counseling and Consulting services, LTD. The Fort McCoy Army Community Service (ACS) Family Advocacy Program is sponsoring the event.

      Attendees will learn marriage basic training, advanced intimacy training and will create their own marriage standing operating procedure (SOP). Attendance is open to both military and civilian personnel in the McCoy community.

      Registration is requested by Thursday, July 3 by calling ACS at (608) 388-3505.


Family Fun Day July 12 at Pine View    [ back to top ]

      The Fort McCoy Pine View Recreation Area will host a Family Fun Day Saturday, July 12.

      The event is open to the public and will begin with a petting farm from 9 a.m.-noon. Crafts will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

      Inflatable games will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and include monster trikes, a water bucket battle, a Velcro wall and human bowling. Family games will begin at 2:30 p.m. and include a GPS campfire Race and oversized volleyball.

      A five-event food olympics family relay race will begin at 3:30 p.m. and includes an egg race, banana run, food smashing, a balloon run and a pie-eating contest.

      Free paddle boat and canoe rental and mini-golf will be available at 5 p.m. A popcorn and movie event "The Goonies" will be held at 9 p.m.

      Other events include an appearance by Freddie the Fox and food for sale throughout the day.

      For more information, call Pine View at (608) 388-3517/2619 or (800) 531-4703.


Education Fair at Fort McCoy set for July 15   [ back to top ]

      The Fort McCoy Education Center is hosting an "Education Fair" from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, July 15 in building 50, room 123 (the ARRTC building). 

      Representatives from at least eight post-secondary schools are expected to be available and will talk to prospective students about educational opportunities and attendance at their respective schools.

      The colleges selected allow the most credit for military and civilian education and experiences. 

      It is important to note the Education Fair is open to everyone who wishes to attend from Fort McCoy and the surrounding communities.

      Interested personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to meet and talk face-to-face with representatives of one or more of the schools that are "military and community friendly."

      Education Fair organizers say this exceptional opportunity will give Soldiers and all other prospective students the best value for their "education dollar."

      For more information about the event, call the Education Center at (608) 388-5072.


AFTB concept workshop at Fort McCoy July 15   [ back to top ]

      An Army Family Team Building (AFTB) concept workshop will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, July 15 at Army Community Service (ACS), 2111 South 8th Ave. at Fort McCoy.

      The concepts discussed will focus on getting to know people you work with or supervise better. The topics covered will be enhancing relationships, understanding needs, building cohesive teams, personality traits, and communication skills for leaders.

      Registration is open to members of the Fort McCoy community who call ACS by Monday, July 14 at (608) 388-3505. Free child care will be available for those who register by Monday, June 30.


American Red Cross blood drive July 17  [ back to top ]

      The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Thursday, July 17 at the Wisconsin Military Academy (WMA), building 90, at Fort McCoy.

      The blood drive will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the WMA's breakroom. It is open to both military and civilian personnel. Participants must have a donor I.D.

      Walk-ins are welcome, appointments are encouraged. To schedule an appointment, visit the Web site at http://www.givebloodgivelife.org or call (800) GIVE LIFE (4483 5433).

      Federal employees, including civilian and military, may be granted an excused absence to cover time for travel to and from the destination, the act of donating blood and recovery. Immediate supervisors may authorize up to four hours of excused time off for donating blood.

      This provision is not intended to cover an employee whose donations will require a recurring absence over an extended period or for situations in which employees are storing blood for their own use.

      For more information about this provision, visit the Web site http://cpol.army.mil/library/permiss/5012b.html.


Soldiers can make morale calls at CAC  [ back to top ]

      U.S. Cellular is sponsoring free morale calls for mobilizing and demobilizing Soldiers at the Fort McCoy Community Activity Center, building 2000.

      Each Soldier will be allowed 15 minutes to make calls (or longer if no waiting list.)  Calls must be to support morale.

      Questions can be directed to (608) 388-3213.


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