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July 23, 2010

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PHOTO: Maj. Thomas C. Akerlund (left) assumed command of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort McCoy from Maj. Michael W. Sharp (right) during a July 12 ceremony.  Photo by Allan Harding

HHC, USAG change of command

Maj. Thomas C. Akerlund (left) assumed command of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort McCoy from Maj. Michael W. Sharp (right) during a July 12 ceremony. Akerlund comes to Fort McCoy from Fort Bragg, N.C., where he served as deputy chief, Reserve Personnel Division at the U.S. Army Special Operations Command. Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser (center) presided at the ceremony.

Photo by Allan Harding
Range Branch offices relocating, consolidating operations  [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Range Branch is operating at a reduced capacity through July 28. Customers may experience temporary service delays.

Offices within the Range Branch are moving to buildings 2954/2955 to consolidate operations.

Range Maintenance has relocated to building 2786.

The moving schedule is:
July 22 - 23 - Range Safety, Land Rehabilitation and Maintenance, Geographical Information Systems, Range and Training Land Assessment, Range Inspectors, Home Station Training Complex Team.
July 26 - 27 - Range and Transient Billeting Scheduling.
July 28 - Range Officer, Integrated Training Area Management Coordinator.

Phone numbers will remain the same.

For more information, call 608-388-5110.


NASCAR Night activities set for July 29 at McCoy’s   [ back to top ]

NASCAR Night is Thursday, July 29 at 6:30 p.m. at McCoy’s, building 1571.

Food and beverage specials, contests and race car displays will be featured. Authorized patrons also can enter to win a La Crosse Speedway Family package. No federal endorsement is implied.

For more information, call 608-388-2065.


Family Strong event set for July 30 at McCoy’s [ back to top ]

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

The program is scheduled to begin at noon. Family is one of the five dimensions of 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, Suicide Prevention Awareness Campaign will sponsor the luncheon as part of a campaign targeting military and civilian permanent-party personnel.

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


American Red Cross Blood Drive set for Aug. 5 at Rumpel Fitness Center    [ back to top ]

An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5 at Fort McCoy’s Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

The event is open to anyone in the Fort McCoy community who is eligible to donate blood. To schedule an appointment, visit the Web site http://www.redcrossblood.org or call 800-GIVE-LIFE (800-4483-5433).


Sponsorship program set for Aug. 10 at ACS  [ back to top ]

Sponsorship Training will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10 at the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, 2111 South 8th Ave., at Fort McCoy.

Sponsorship is a commander’s program that assists Soldiers, civilian employees, and Families during the permanent-change-of-station or reassignment process.

For more information or to register by close of business Aug. 3, call ACS at 608-388-3505.


AFAP issues, volunteer nominations due by Aug. 13    [ back to top ]

Issue and volunteer nominations for the Fort McCoy Fiscal Year 11 Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Conference will be accepted through Friday, Aug. 13.

The AFAP Conference will be held Oct. 20-21 at building 905 at Fort McCoy.

The AFAP is a grass-roots program that begins at installation level and seeks input regarding quality-of-life concerns that affect the well-being of Soldiers, civilians, Family members and retirees.

Anyone in the Fort McCoy community wishing to submit an issue or volunteer to be part of the conference may do so by going to the Army Community Service (ACS) Academy at the Web site http://www.mccoymwr.com/ACS/AFAP.htm or by calling the AACS AFAP program manager at 608-388-3540.


Diversity Award nomination forms due by 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.


Big Kahuna 5K walk/run Aug. 14 at Pine View Campground   [ back to top ]
A Big Kahuna 5K walk/run will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14 at Fort McCoy’s Pine View Campground.

Participants are encouraged to wear their craziest Hawaiian gear to the luau-themed event.

The event is open to the public and has a $10 fee. The first 25 registrants will receive a free T-shirt.

Registration forms are available online at http://www.mccoymwr.com/Flyers/kahuna_run.pdf, or at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122, or Pine View Campground.

For more information, call 608-388-3200.


Smoking cessation class begins Aug. 18 at Occupational Health   [ back to top ]
A free, six-week smoking-cessation class will be offered by the Fort McCoy Occupational Health Clinic (OHC) to all employees at the installation.

The class will meet from 1 – 2 p.m. each Wednesday. The next session will be held Aug. 18-Sept. 22 at the OHC, building 1679. Registration is open until Aug. 13.

A registered nurse at the OHC will lead the class, which covers smoking and health, addiction, strategies for quitting and motivation. This class will not provide medication but will offer information and guidance for individuals who have medication prescribed by their primary-care providers.

To register for the class or for more information, call 608-388-2414.


Women’s Equality Day luncheon Aug. 26 at Fort McCoy   [ 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.


Soldier Show performance at McCoy set for Sept. 11   [ back to top ]

The U.S. Army Soldier Show will perform at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept., 11 at Fort McCoy’s Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

Doors will open one hour before the performance begins. The event is free and open to the public.

Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, call 608-388-3200.


Applications due by Sept. 24 for deer hunt for disabled hunters [ back to top ]
Disabled hunters can apply now to participate in a deer hunt Oct. 2 - 3 at Fort McCoy.

The hunt is open to individuals with Wisconsin Category A and C disabilities. Individuals with a Wisconsin Category B disability authorized to hunt from a vehicle are eligible to apply for this hunt.

Hunters cannot participate in more than one disabled gun-deer hunt within Wisconsin in the same calendar year. Participants also must possess a valid Wisconsin gun-deer license.

Individuals who are interested in this hunt can contact the Fort McCoy Permit Sales office, building 2168, at 608-388-3337 or by sending an e-mail to usarmy.mccoy.imcom-northeast.mail.dpw-permit-sales@mail.mil for an application and more information. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 24.



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