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August 10, 2012

News Notes

House construction

Employees from W. Gohman Construction of St. Joseph, Minn., work on the foundation of a house in the Military Family Housing Area at Fort McCoy. The firm is building two houses with funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as stimulus funds. The two housing units, which are expected to be completed by December, will bring the number of houses the firm has built to 10. A total of 33 housing units have been built with stimulus funding.

Photo by Rob Schuette

PHOTO: Work is done on the foundation a house in the Military Family Housing Area. Photo by Rob Schuette
Nonappropriated fund cash-and-carry sale Aug. 15  [ back to top ]
A cash-and-carry sale of surplus nonappropriated fund (NAF) items will be held Wednesday, Aug. 15 at building 2119 at Fort McCoy.

The NAF sale opens at 8 a.m. to military personnel and military retirees with a valid ID, and at 9 a.m. to the general public. The sale ends at 3 p.m.

Sale items include DVD/VHS players, recliners, fans, spreads/blanket, furniture, beds, micro-fridges, pictures/mirrors, coffee makers, irons and more.

Items are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, must be paid for by cash or check and must be picked up at the time of purchase.

For information, call 608-388-4397/2232.


Aug. 17 deadline set for AFAP issues, volunteer forms  [ back to top ]

Volunteer nominations and issue forms for the fiscal year 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.


Haunted Trails event Aug. 18 at Pine View Campground  [ back to top ]

The annual Haunted Trails event at Fort McCoy’s Pine View Campground will be held Saturday Aug. 18. The event is free and open to the public.

Activities include a bonfire and s’ mores starting at 8 p.m. and a scary haunted trail starting at about 9 p.m.

Other activities for campers include a costume contest, trick-or-treating, a campsite decorating contest and more.

For more information or to make a camping reservation, call 608-388-3517.  


Learn how to save money during ACS class Aug. 21  [ back to top ]
A How to Save Money on Nearly Everything class will be held Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 1-4 p.m. at the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, building 2111.

The class will teach participants the secrets of couponing pros, how to combine offers to maximize savings, grocery cycles, the best months to make various purchases, coupon organization, and tips for seasonal, clearance and online shopping.

Register by Wednesday, Aug. 15 by calling ACS at 608-388-3505.


Women’s Equality Day luncheon set for Aug. 23  [ 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.


Pine View’s first ever Mud Run offers unclean fun Aug. 25   [ back to top ]

Fort McCoy’s Pine View Campground will host its first Mud Run, Saturday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. The event is open to the public.
The two-mile course includes a mud pit, river crossings, a hay-bale climb, a tubes, low crawl, and over-and-under log obstacles. The course is designed for runners of all abilities.

The registration fee is $10 per person. Participants will receive a free T-shirt and a complimentary beverage. Participants are encouraged to wear funny, interesting or creative costumes. Register at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122; the Pine View Campground Office, building 8053; or online at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/mccoyrectrac.html. Registration will be accepted until 9 a.m. the day of the event at Pine View Campground.

Division categories are kids (abbreviated course), male, female, and team/unit. Prizes will be awarded for first- and second-place finishers in each division. A special prize will be awarded for best costume.

For more information, call 608-388-3200 


ISFAC committee meets at McCoy Sept. 6  [ back to top ]
An Inter-Service Family Assistance Committee (ISFAC) will hold a quarterly committee meeting Thursday, Sept. 6 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at McCoy’s banquet room, building 1571. The meeting is open to all current and prior military members and their Families along with all service providers.

ISFAC is a voluntary military-community cooperative/partnership organized to allow service providers to engage in networking and connects servicemembers, Families, veterans, and wounded warriors with local military and community resources.

The meeting will allow attendees to learn more about the service providers around Wisconsin such as Army Community Service, Military OneSource, Army OneSource, American Red Cross, Military Families Connect, Operation Camo Quilt, and various Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legions.

The committee meets every three months at various locations throughout the state, with Fort McCoy being the host every September.

For more information, call ACS at 608-388-3505.


Firewood-cutting permits available Sept. 1 for select areas  [ back to top ]

Firewood-cutting permits will be available starting Sept. 1 for selected training areas. A daily permit is $10, and a monthly permit is $50. The firewood-cutting season is from Sept. 1-April 15.

Permit holders can collect and haul an unlimited amount of wood during daylight hours. Fort McCoy firewood permits are nontransferable and nonrefundable.

Permit holders are limited to one vehicle. Trailers smaller than a semi tractor and trailer may be used.

Firewood can be collected only in designated areas when there is no military training in the area. For information about areas closed to firewood-cutting, call the GAME Line at 608-388-GAME (4263).

Permits can be purchased through the Directorate of Public Works Natural Resources Branch, building 2168.

Office hours are from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Maps of designated harvesting and quarantined areas also are available.
For more information, call 608-388-3337/5584. 


Instructor Trainer Course to be held Sept. 5-7  [ back to top ]

Fort McCoy Army Community Service (ACS) will offer an Instructor Trainer Course Sept. 5-7 at building 2111.

Course hours will be Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 6 and Friday, Sept. 7 from 8 a.m.-noon.

Course topics will include introduction to effective instructors, platform skills, the adult learner, managing the learning environment, methods of instruction and speaking on your feet. Participants will be required to give a 10-minute presentation.

The course is open to eligible members of the Fort McCoy community.

Register by Wednesday, Aug. 29 by calling ACS at 608-388-3505. 


Commemorative Area to be open Sept. 7 for Patriot Day  [ back to top ]
The Fort McCoy Commemorative Area will be open to the public Friday, Sept. 7 from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for Patriot Day.

Patriot Day is observed annually to remember the men and women injured or killed during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.

The Commemorative Area, located in the 800-900 block, includes the History Center, five World War II-era buildings, an Equipment Park and Veterans Memorial Plaza.

Public Affairs staff will be on site to answer questions. For details, call 608-388-2407.


McCoy Retiree Appreciation Day set for Sept. 7  [ 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 post.

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.


Disabled hunter applications accepted through Sept. 10  [ back to top ]
Hunters now can apply for permits for the Oct. 6-7 gun-deer hunt for disabled persons at Fort McCoy. Applications will be accepted until Monday, Sept. 10.

The annual hunt is open to individuals with Wisconsin Category A, B and C disabilities.

For an application or more information, call the Fort McCoy Permit Sales office, building 2168, at 608-388-3337 or visit the website http://www.mccoy.army.mil/Visitors/FishHuntInfo.asp.



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