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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.

Army Concert Tour tickets on sale   [ back to top ]

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

      A total of 3,300 tickets were sold June 27 during the Army Concert Tour kickoff event.

      Tickets purchased until Friday, Aug. 8 will cost $35, while those purchased  the day of the performance (Aug. 9) will cost $40. All  ticket sales are subject to availability.

      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.

      For more information about ticket sales or updated concert information, visit the MWR Web site at http://www.mccoymwr.com or call the Fort McCoy Morale, Welfare and Recreation Events Line at (877) 864-4969.


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.


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 ID card.

      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).


Pine View Area road work to begin week of July 21 [ back to top ]

      The access road to the Fort McCoy Pine View Recreation Area will be rerouted to accommodate the future location for additional cabins at the facility.

      The project is expected to begin the week of Monday, July 21.

      Mike Napsey, Directorate of Human Resources/Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation project manager, said Mathy Construction of Onalaska will do the work.

      The project includes rerouting Pine View patrons from the current access road to a previously used access road for the duration of the project. Napsey said the project is scheduled to be completed by Labor Day.

      Pam Budda, Fort McCoy Outdoor Recreation manager, said all lodging/camping and recreational activities will remain open and accessible during the work.

      Personnel wishing to use the Pine View recreational facilities/activities still will enter the facility from State Highway 21, and signs will direct them to the access route.

      The cabins planned for the new location are scheduled to arrive in the near future.

      Budda said the additional structures will help increase the number of lodging opportunities for personnel using Pine View. The facility is open to the public.

      For more information, contact Budda at (608) 388-6461 or (800) 531-4703.


Rear Detachment training set for July 30-31   [ back to top ]

      Rear Detachment Commander training will be held Wednesday, July 30 and Thursday, July 31 at Fort McCoy Army Community Service (ACS), 2111 South 8th Avenue.

      Training will run from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  both days. Topics include Army Community Service overview, Operational Security, Finance, Legal, Battle Mind Training, Working with Families, Leadership Styles, TRICARE, Supporting Families During Combat Deployment, Supporting the Unit When a Casualty Occurs, Dealing with Trauma Reactions, Family Readiness Group Leadership, and Building a Resource Library.

      Registration is requested no later than Friday, July 25 by calling ACS at (608) 388-3505.


Air cards, laptops for rent at CAC   [ back to top ]

      Air cards and laptop computers now are for rent at the Fort McCoy Community Activity Center (CAC), building 2000, with hourly and daily rates available. The facility is open to authorized patrons.

      Personnel who have their own laptops can rent the air cards, which provide Internet service. The CAC has Dell 830 Laptops that can be rented for use with the air cards. The laptops/air cards can be used in the CAC or off site.

      Rental payments can be made via cash, check or credit card, but personnel must present a credit card as a security deposit. For more information, call the CAC at (608) 388-3213.


CYS to offer amnesty to unregistered care givers    [ back to top ]                                               

      The Fort McCoy Child and Youth Services (CYS) program, with support from the garrison commander, will sponsor the Family Child Care (FCC) Amnesty Program during the month of July.

      Individuals who are providing care for children other than their own for more than 10 child care hours a week in government quarters will be allowed to register with the FCC Program without penalty from the command.

      CYS is initiating the amnesty program to address the issue of unlicensed/underground child care. CYS does not view the unlicensed/underground caregiver as providing bad care; however, care provided on the installation that is not approved by the garrison commander puts the command unit at great liability.

      Any caregiver who contacts FCC/CYS during the amnesty period will be allowed to continue caring for the children while completing the certification process.

   For additional information, contact Loree Peterson, FCC director, at (608) 388-2238 or Jan Fink, CYS coordinator, at (608) 388-8959.


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