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July 27, 2012

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Bishop visits

Bishop F. Richard Spencer presents his homily during the July 22 Catholic Mass at Fort McCoy’s Catholic Chapel. Spencer is the vicar for all military units and U.S. embassies in Europe and Asia. Spencer was commissioned in 1973 and began his military service in 1974. Following Military Police Officer Basic Course and Airborne training, Spencer was assigned as the first active- duty Provost Marshal since 1954 at Fort McCoy and also served as commander of the Military Police Detachment at Fort McCoy until summer 1977, when he was assigned to serve with the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Casey in South Korea. Currently he periodically deploys as a mobilized Army chaplain to forward areas of battlefields.

Contributed photo by Tom Michele


PHOTO: Bishop Richard Spencer presents his homily during the July 22 Catholic Mass at Fort McCoy. Contributed photo by Tom Michele
Auto Skills Center has new hours in effect  [ back to top ]
The Fort McCoy Automotive Skills Center, building 1763, has new hours. The facility is open Thursdays and Fridays from 1-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The center offers eight bays, including maintenance bays, lift bays, a welding bay, and a tire-changing bay. Do-it-yourselfers can perform tire mounting/balancing, injector service, transmission service, and more. Auto repair manuals and individual instruction also are available.

For a listing of fees, visit the Auto Skills section of the website www.mccoymwr.com. For information, call 608-388-3013.


2012 Honors retiree newsletter now available online  [ back to top ]

The 2012 edition of Honors, the Retirement Services newsletter, is available online at http://www.mccoy.army.mil/Services/ACAP_Documents/HONORS_2012.pdf.

The annual publication is a source of noteworthy information concerning military retiree benefits and information.

The printed version of the publication is mailed to Army retirees and also is available at the Retirement Services Office, building 2187 or by e-mailing Bill Walters at william.g.walters4.civ@mail.mil.

Call 608-388-3716 or 1-800-452-0923.


Pre-retirement, ACAP, TAP briefings Aug. 6-9 at McCoy’s  [ back to top ]

Pre-retirement, Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP), and Transition Assistance Program (TAP) briefings will be held Aug. 6-9 at McCoy’s, building 1571.

The pre-retirement portion will be held Aug. 6 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The briefing will cover benefits and issues related to military retirement.

The ACAP portion will be held Aug. 7 from 8-10:30 a.m. The ACAP briefing is mandatory for those who will be retiring or separating from the military.

The TAP portion will be held Aug. 7 from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and Aug. 8-9 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The briefing will include information about resume writing, interviewing skills, job access and other job-search issues.

The briefings are open to servicemembers who will retire or separate within 12 months of the briefings. Spouses are welcome to attend.

For more information or to request a registration form, contact Tom Kunz, ACAP counselor, at 608-388-7941 or by e-mail at thomas.m.kunz.ctr@us.army.mil. Registration must be received by July 31.


Three-gun shoot Aug. 11 at Sportsman’s Range  [ back to top ]
A three-gun shoot will be held Saturday, Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. at Fort McCoy’s Sportsman’s Range.

Each participant will shoot targets in three different stages. Two stages will consist of using all three guns — rifles, shotguns and pistols — to complete the stage. One stage will be a shotgun-only stage. Rifles and shotguns will be available for use. Participants must provide their own pistol.

The entry fee is $20. Register at the Sportsman’s Range; Pine View Campground, building 8053; or online at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/mccoyrectrac.html. Prizes will be awarded. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Call 608-388-3200.


Aug. 17 deadline set for AFAP issue, volunteer forms  [ back to top ]
Volunteer nominations and issue forms for the 2013 Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Conference will be accepted through Friday, Aug. 17.

The Fort McCoy AFAP Conference will be held Oct. 24-25.

The AFAP program is a grass-roots process 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 alerts Army leadership on areas of concern that need attention and gives them the opportunity to put plans into place to work toward resolution.

To submit an issue or volunteer form, visit the Army Community Service section at the website www.mccoymwr.com or call the AFAP manager at 608-388-3540.


Women’s Equality Day Aug. 23; Diversity Award nominations open  [ back to top ]

The Women’s Equality Day Luncheon will be held Aug. 23 at McCoy’s, building 1571. The celebration will honor women who worked for the passage of womens’ right to vote and recognizes the 92nd anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the constitution.
The pay-as-you-go luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by the presentation from noon-1 p.m. The guest speaker for this celebration is Cindy Zahrte, Tomah Area School District superintendent.

The Fort McCoy Excellence in Diversity Award will be presented at the end of the program.

Nominations for the Excellence in Diversity Award must be submitted by Aug. 10. For a copy of the nomination form, contact Ernestine Robinson at 608-388-3106/3107. Nomination forms also are available on the Fort McCoy Corporate Network.


Retiree Appreciation Day set for Sept. 7 at Fort McCoy  [ back to top ]
Retirees from all branches of the armed forces and their Family members are eligible to attend a Retiree Appreciation Day at Fort McCoy, Friday, Sept. 7.

The event will run from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sign in starts at 7 a.m. in building 905 for the morning session then moves to building 90 for the afternoon portion. Lunch is available for purchase at McCoy’s.

Photo identification is required for all personnel to access the installation.

Retiree Appreciation Day is an opportunity for all armed forces retirees, spouses, widows and/or guests to receive updated information about retiree entitlement programs.

Attendance at the Fort McCoy Retiree Appreciation Day is free, but registration is required. Registration forms must be received by Aug. 30.

Mail registration forms to the Retirement Service Office, 2187 South J Street, Fort McCoy, WI 54656.

Registration forms and information about the Fort McCoy Retiree Appreciation Day are available by calling 608-388-3716 or from the Fort McCoy public website at http://www.mccoy.army.mil/Services/ACAP_Documents/HONORS_2012.pdf

Retiree Appreciation Days sponsored by Fort McCoy also are scheduled for Aug. 15 at Des Moines/Altoona, Iowa; Aug. 24 at the National Guard Armory & Community Center, Rosemount, Minn.; Aug. 25 at Camp Ripley, Little Falls, Minn.; Sept. 14 at Black Bear Carlton Casino, Twin Ports/Duluth, Minn.; Sept. 22 at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Selfridge, Mich.; Sept. 22 at Mystic Lake Casino - Hotel, Prior Lake, Minn.; Oct. 6 at Great Lakes Naval Museum, Great Lakes, Ill.; and Oct. 27 at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill.


DTS to offer classes for approval process, TDY documents  [ back to top ]

The Defense Travel System (DTS) Approval Process class is taught the first Wednesday of each month at Fort McCoy. This one-day class explains the sources of Department of Defense (DoD) Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel Policy and details the common rules to assist in the Review/Approval process.

The DTS TDY Documents class is taught the third Wednesday and Thursday of each month at Fort McCoy.

This two-day class covers Travel Policy; DTS Users; Navigating DTS; and how to create authorizations and vouchers in DTS.
Classes are open to military and DoD civilian personnel.

To register, e-mail name, unit, phone number, and class choice to mary.j.richmondstremcha.civ@mail.mil.

For information, call 608-388-6299.


Amnesty Program accepts ammunition, explosives at ASP  [ back to top ]

 The Fort McCoy Ammunition and Explosives (A&E) Amnesty Program accepts turn-ins Monday-Friday from 6 a.m.–3:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m.–2:30 p.m. at the Ammunition Supply Point (ASP), building 9036.

The program is intended to ensure maximum recovery of military A&E items outside the supply system.

For more information about turn-ins, call the ASP at 608-388-2820.



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