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July 09, 2010

News Notes

IMMA recognized for maintenance excellence

Representatives from Fort McCoy, the Installation Materiel Maintenance Activity (IMMA) and the Logistics Solution Group (LSG), the contractor for IMMA, accept the trophy that the Fort McCoy IMMA received for winning the Department of the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence in the medium category for Installation Management Command Directorate of Logistics organizations for fiscal year 2009. The award was presented in June at the Combined Logistics Excellence Award Ceremony hosted by the Chief of Staff of the Army in Richmond, Va. Standing from left to right are: Lt. Col. Rob Humphrey, Fort McCoy Garrison Deputy Commander; Eric Fox, alternate project manager for IMMA; Bill Kaurudar, chief, Maintenance Division Directorate of Logistics (DOL), Fort McCoy; Dawn Sharp, contract officer representative, Maintenance Division DOL; Wayne Yonning, contract manager, LSG Corporate Office; and George Williams, projects manager, LSG Corporate Office. Contributed photo
PHOTO: Representatives from Fort McCoy, the Installation Materiel Maintenance Activity (IMMA) and the Logistics Solution Group (LSG), the contractor for IMMA, accept the trophy that the Fort McCoy IMMA received for winning the Department of the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence. Contributed photo
Dodgeball grudge challenge to be held July 14 at Fitness Center  [ back to top ]

A dodgeball grudge match will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 14 at Fort McCoy’s Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

Authorized patrons are encouraged to form their own five-member teams to compete. Walk-ins also are welcome to attend and join with other walk-ins to form teams. No entry fee is required.

Sign up is requested by 5:15 p.m. the day of the match. For more information, call 608-388-2290. 


Patriot Warrior Riders to hold next membership meeting July 15   [ back to top ]

Fort McCoy Patriot Warrior Riders will meet at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, July 15 at McCoy’s, building 1571. Patriot Warrior Riders plans to hold membership meetings the third Thursday of each month.

Everyone in the Fort McCoy community interested in safe motorcycling and interacting with other personnel with the same interests is welcome to attend, said Fort McCoy Garrison Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. William T. Bissonette Jr. Currently, there is no membership fee.

Members are planning events and already have held two rides, including one to the High Ground in Neillsville and a ride/dinner to Badger Crossing in Cashton.

For more information, call the Patriot Warrior Riders President Sgt. Maj. Randall Boss of Regional Training Site-Maintenance at 608-388-3242 or Bissonette at 608-388-3605. 


Family Focus program to offer 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. Families must have a minimum attendance of one adult and one child to participate.

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

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


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. Child care 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. 


NASCAR drawing to continue through July 28 at McCoy’s  [ back to top ]

McCoy’s, building 1571, is offering food and beverage specials to authorized patrons during all NASCAR Sprint Cup Races.

McCoy’s patrons also can enter to win a Family Package to the La Crosse Speedway by printing their name and phone number on their McCoy’s receipt and dropping it into the drawing box. No federal endorsement is implied.

Entries must be received by July 28; multiple entries are allowed. For more information, call 608-388-2065. 


Suicide Awareness event set for July 30 at McCoy’s   [ back to top ]

A Suicide Awareness event is set for Friday, July 30 at McCoy’s, building 1571.

The topic for the program, which is scheduled to begin at noon, is “Family Strong” as it fits into the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program.

The guest speaker will be Laura Stultz, the spouse of Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, Chief, Army Reserve. She will speak about her personal experience and challenges as the spouse of a senior Army leader.

Spouses and Family members in the Fort McCoy community are encouraged to come early and attend this training opportunity. Seating for the event will begin at 11:15 a.m. Overflow seating will be available.

The U.S. Army Garrison, Fort McCoy, will sponsor the luncheon as part of a Suicide Awareness Campaign targeting military and civilian permanent-party personnel.

For more information about the event, call 608-388-2109.


Army suicide prevention website has new, easy-to-remember name   [ back to top ]

The Army Suicide Prevention Program has a new website domain, with an easily remembered name to provide assistance for or information about suicide prevention, risk reduction or health promotion.

The new website is http://www.preventsuicide.army.mil. Army officials note the old website http://www.armyg1.army.mil/hr/suicide still is active, and anyone who has bookmarked this website will continue to have access.
Scott Zaehler, Fort McCoy Suicide Prevention Program manager, said Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli sent a message stating that suicide prevention rests on everyone’s shoulders.

From Chiarelli’s visits to posts around the world, he has come to realize that combating suicide means more than prevention. It requires promoting a holistic approach to address the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of taking care of Soldiers, civilians, their Families, and communities. It’s everyone’s job to build and maintain a resilient Army Family.

In addition to the websites, assistance/information is available by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for crisis intervention, and Military OneSource at 1-800-342-9647.

In the Fort McCoy community more information about suicide awareness is available by calling Zaehler at 608-388-2441. 


Volunteers sought for Aug. 7 Army Concert Tour event at McCoy   [ back to top ]

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 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. 


Summer discount tickets available at Community Activity Center   [ back to top ]
The Fort McCoy Leisure Travel Services has discount tickets for summertime getaways. Discounted tickets for Mount Olympus and Noah’s Ark in Wisconsin Dells are available. Walt Disney World Armed Forces Salute Tickets will be available until Aug. 31.

Leisure Travel Services also can help with vacation planning, to include all-inclusive packages and cruises.

For more information, stop at the Leisure Travel Services office located inside the Community Activity Center, building 2000, or call 608-388-3011/3213.


Free cellular phone calls available for mobilizing Soldiers  [ back to top ]

Soldiers mobilizing or demobilizing at Fort McCoy can make free morale calls home.

U.S. Cellular has provided the Community Activity Center, building 2000, with cell phones Soldiers can use to place calls anywhere in the continental U.S. No federal endorsement is implied.

For more information, call 608-388-3213.


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