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Supervisory safety training courses set  [ back to top ]

A two-day Supervisory Safety Training class for Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians will be available Sept. 16-17 and Oct. 15-16 at Fort McCoy.

 The training, which is sponsored by the Installation Safety Office, will run from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. both days of a session.

The training will encompass the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s 10-hour General Industry Course with an emphasis on supervisory responsibilities per Army Regulation 385-10, The Army Safety Program.

Topics include Ergonomics, Electrical Safety, Hazard Communication, Fire Protection and Prevention and Accident Investigation and Reporting.

Nonsupervisory personnel may attend the course as space permits.

For more information or to register, call Deb Heise-Clark at (608) 388-6450 or e-mail her at debra.1.heise@us.army.mil.

Army Concert Tour tickets available at gate   [ back to top ]

Tickets for the Saturday, Aug. 9 Army Concert Tour stop at Fort McCoy will be available at the gates for $40.

The concert, which begins at 7 p.m., is open to the public.

The Scorpions and Alice Cooper are the co-headliners. Hip Kitty will be the opening act.

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


Diversity award nominations due Aug. 15  [ back to top ]

Nominations for the Fort McCoy, Excellence Through Diversity Award are being accepted through Friday, Aug. 15.

This award recognizes individuals on the installation who have made outstanding contributions in the support and advancement of women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities at Fort McCoy.

All military and civilian members on Fort McCoy are eligible to be nominated for this award.

Nominations must be submitted in narrative format and address the applicable criteria.

Members of the Fort McCoy community may submit sealed nominations to the Army Reserve Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Office, building 2187, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The award will be presented at the Women’s Equality Day observance set for Tuesday, Aug. 26, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McCoy’s, building 1571. A guest speaker will be announced.

For more information about the Excellence Through Diversity Award, contact the EEO office at (608) 388-3106/3107, FAX (608) 388-5058, or e-mail at usar-eeo@usar.army.mil.


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

Anyone in the Fort McCoy community who wishes to volunteer or to 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.


Spousal employment workshop Aug. 19  [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Army Community Service (ACS) Spouse Employment Program is sponsoring a Job Search Letter Writing workshop Tuesday, Aug. 19.

The workshop will run from 9 a.m.-noon in the ACS training room at 2111 South 8th Ave.

Priority will be given to military spouses who apply by the deadline.

Among the workshop topics covered. will be: identifying the key principles of cover letters that get results, ensuring that cover letters satisfy five critical objectives, 10 strategies for creating impressive cover letters, three primary formatting styles and production tips, cover letters that are unique marketing tools in six steps, and common cover letter errors.

Seating is limited. Registration is requested by Thursday, Aug. 14 by calling ACS at (608) 388-3505.


Fort McCoy NAF sale set for Aug. 20  [ back to top ]

A nonappropriated fund (NAF) sale will be held at Fort McCoy Wednesday, Aug. 20. All items must be paid for and picked up at the time of purchase.

The sale will be held in two sessions in building 759. Military and military retirees can shop the items from 9-11 a.m. From 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., everyone, including members of the general public, can shop the items. Items will be offered in limited numbers and are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Among the items for sale will be an air cleaner, VCRs, Toro Outdoor Lighting, Window Air Conditioners, vertical blinds/veins, vacuum cleaners, ice machine, ironing centers, DVD/VCR racks, micro-fridges, garage door openers, children’s furniture, bedspreads, and key-drop boxes and more.

No early callers will be accepted.

Questions can be directed to (608) 388-4397.


ChalleNGe Academy to celebrate 10 years   [ back to top ]

The Wisconsin National Guard ChalleNGe Academy program, which operates out of Fort McCoy facilities, will celebrate its 10th year on the installation Wednesday, Aug. 27.

The program will host an open house in a tent behind building 639 from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., with a ceremony at 11 a.m. Everyone in the Fort McCoy community is welcome to attend the event.

The ChalleNGe Academy, which provides academic and life-skills assistance to youth at risk of not graduating from high school, has graduated more than 1,600 cadets from its Fort McCoy program, according to Pete Blum, deputy director of the ChalleNGe Academy.

For more information about the ChalleNGe Academy or the ceremony, call (608) 269-9000.


Rear Detachment training Aug. 27-28   [ back to top ]

Rear Detachment Commander Training will be held Wednesday, Aug. 27-Thursday, Aug. 28 at Army Community Service (ACS), 2111 South 8th Ave.

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

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


Retiree Appreciation Day set for Sept. 5 at McCoy  [ back to top ]

Retirees from all branches of the armed forces and their family members are invited to attend a Retiree Appreciation Day at Fort McCoy, Friday, Sept. 5.

The event will begin with arrival and a sign-in period beginning at 7 a.m. at building 905, and will conclude at the Wisconsin Military Academy (WMA), building 90, at 3 p.m.

Photo identification is required for all people entering Fort McCoy.

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

Highlights will include a keynote speaker and other briefings about retiree benefits in the morning and a benefits fair, to be held at the WMA, in the afternoon.

Attendance at the Retiree Appreciation Day is free, but registration is required. Lunch can be purchased at McCoy’s, building 1571.

Registration forms must be received by Aug. 29. Mail registration forms to the Retirement Service Office, 2187 South J. Street, Fort McCoy, WI 54656.

Retiree Appreciation Days also are scheduled for Aug. 22 at the National Guard Armory in Rosemount, Minn.; Aug. 23 at Camp Ripley in Little Falls, Minn.; Sept. 26 at the Holiday Inn in Duluth, Minn.; Sept. 27 at the Mystic Lake Casino-Hotel in Prior Lake, Minn.; Sept. 27 in Selfridge, Mich.; and Oct. 25 at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill.

For registration forms or more information about Retiree Appreciation Days at other locations, go to HONORS, the retirement services newsletter at http://www.mccoy.army.mil/Retirees/documents/Midwest_2008.pdf.

Registration forms and information about the Fort McCoy Retiree Appreciation Day are available by calling (608) 388-3716 or by e-mail at bill.g.walters@us.army.mil.


Children’s play to be performed at building 905 Aug. 23  [ back to top ]

Youths who participate in or are eligible to participate in the Fort McCoy Child and Youth Services School Age Services (SAS) program are welcome to audition Monday, Aug. 18 for the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) performance of Rumpelstiltskin.

The MCT will be in residence at the SAS program facilities from Aug. 18-23, courtesy of the Army Family Covenant. The performance of Rumpelstiltskin will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. Members of the Fort McCoy community are welcome to attend the Saturday performance in building 905.

About 50-60 youth will be involved in the play so all youths who audition for a part in the play will not automatically be guaranteed a role. Practice and dress rehearsals for the play will be held during the week.

All youths who are selected for a role in the play must attend SAS from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 18-22. Youth in the play must also be at dress rehearsal at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23.

Parents whose children are interested in participating in the play should call Cori Yahnke at (608) 388-4373 to ensure their children are enrolled in Summer Camp for that week.

Parents whose children are not registered for SAS, can call (608) 388-2238 to get registered. Fees apply.


Fitness Center classes moving, floor to be replaced  [ back to top ]

Many fitness classes at the Fort McCoy Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122, have been moved to buildings 1117 and 1118 (behind the Fitness Center) in preparation for a gymnasium floor replacement project set to begin shortly.

For more information, call the Fitness Center at (608) 388-2290/2625.


Workers compensation courses to be offered  [ back to top ]

The Supervisory Safety and Workers Compensation Orientation will be offered Aug. 19 or Sept. 11 for directors and managers and Aug. 21 or Sept. 9 for supervisory personnel.

The directors/managers sessions will run from 8-10 a.m.

The supervisory sessions will run from 8-11 a.m.

Training is open to federal appropriated fund employees at Fort McCoy.

The courses are sponsored and offered by the Army Reserve Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, the Installation Safety Office, Occupational Health Nursing Office and the Fire Department.

The training is a onetime requirement per Installation Policy 08-028, Supervisory Action for Initiation of Workers Compensation Eligibility Policy.

Personnel interested in registering or seeking more information can call Deb Heise-Clark at (608) 388-6450 or e-mail her at debra.1.heise@us.army.mil.


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