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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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      Tickets also can be purchased at the MWR Web site at http://www.mccoymwr.com or by calling the Fort McCoy Morale, Welfare and Recreation Events Line at (877) 864-4969. Concert updates also are available at those points of contact.

Sponsorship training set for July 29, Aug. 5   [ back to top ]

      Fort McCoy Army Community Service (ACS) will conduct Sponsorship Training sessions from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 29 and Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the ACS training room 2111 South 8th Ave.

      The Sponsorship Program is open to Soldiers and civilian employees in the Department of the Army who are making a permanent change of station move.

      Commanders should ensure that a trained pool of sponsors exists to respond to incoming personnel in efforts to comply with Army Regulation 600-8-8.

      Registration can be made by calling ACS at (608) 388-3505.

      Units with groups of 20 or more can register by going online to the Web site http://www.mccoymwr.com and clicking on ACS Schoolhouse and the Training or Briefing Request link.


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 Ave.

      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 can be made by calling ACS at (608) 388-3505.


AFAP volunteers/issues due by Aug. 15    [ back to top ]

      Anyone in the Fort McCoy community who wishes to volunteer or submit an issue for the upcoming Army Family Action Plan (AFAP)  Conference must do so by Friday, Aug. 15.

      The forms to do this can be found at the Web site http://www.mccoymwr.com by clicking on ACS Schoolhouse or personnel also can call the Fort McCoy AFAP manager at (608) 388-2359/3505 for more information.

      The fiscal year 2009 Fort McCoy AFAP Conference will be held Wednesday, Oct. 22 and Thursday, Oct. 23. AFAP is a grass-roots program that begins at the installation level and seeks input regarding quality-of-life concerns that affect the well-being of Soldiers, civilians, family members and retirees.


AFAP process celebrates its 25th anniversary  [ back to top ]

      During the Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) General Officer Steering Committee meeting in June, Secretary of the Army Pete Geren announced that this year is the 25th Anniversary of AFAP.

      The initial AFAP planning conference was first held in 1983, and fully developed in 1984, in what is known as the Year of the Army Family, which was designed to highlight the importance of Army Families.

      AFAP uses representatives of the Army Family from around the world to identify issues that will improve the quality-of-life for Soldiers, retirees, Department of the Army civilian employees, and all their family members.

      It also provides an avenue for policy change by helping the Army address the needs and concerns of family members.

      As of 2008, the Army has championed 102 legislative changes, achieved 152 Department of Defense or Army policy/regulatory changes, and improved 168 programs and/or services funding.

      Currently, 91 issues remain active.

      For more information about AFAP, go to http://www.myarmylifetoo.com and click on "Getting Involved."


CYS to offer amnesty to unlicensed 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 caregivers 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.


Disabled deer hunters sought for October hunt   [ back to top ]

     Fort McCoy again will sponsor an annual deer hunt for disabled persons.

      Disabled hunters still have time to apply for the Oct. 4-5 special hunt but are encouraged not to wait too long as the application deadline of Aug. 25 is fast approaching.

      Individuals participating in this hunt must possess a Class A or Class C Permit issued by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and a valid State of Wisconsin Deer Gun License. Hunters cannot participate in more than one disabled gun-deer hunt within Wisconsin in the same calendar year.

      Hunters will receive a Fort McCoy bonus tag allowing them to harvest an antlerless deer. Participants must use their regular Wisconsin Deer Gun carcass tag to harvest an antlered deer.

      With the bonus tag, hunters can take up to two deer. Wisconsin bonus tags are not valid on Fort McCoy.

      To receive a 2008 Fort McCoy Disabled Hunt Application, e-mail requests to usarmy.mccoy.imcom-northeast.mail.dpw-permit-sales@mail.mil, or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Directorate of Public Works, IMNE MCY PWEN (Permit Sales), 2171 South 8th Ave., Fort McCoy, WI  54656-5136.

      Questions can be directed to the Fort McCoy Permit Sales Office at (608) 388-3337.

      Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications received after the Aug. 25 deadline will be returned.


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