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August 12, 2011

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Aviation mission

Members of the 1st Battalion, 106th Aviation fly Blackhawk helicopters as part of a mission during two-week training at Fort McCoy. The Illinois National Guard unit conducted flight operations, which included door gunnery, night vision, and sling loading during its training.

Photo by Rob Schuette

Members of the 1st Battalion, 106th Aviation fly Blackhawk helicopters as part of a mission during two-week training at Fort McCoy. Photo by Rob Schuette
  
Resumix Builder workshop set for Aug. 23 at ACS  [ back to top ]
A Resumix Builder workshop will be held Tuesday, Aug. 23 from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

The workshop will assist those seeking Department of the Army employment with finding position descriptions for job announcements, avoiding common fatal mistakes, filling out the supplemental data section and getting status credit, inputting personal information without disqualifying the application, Resumix resume content and reading job announcements and identifying key job criteria in the announcements.

To register, call 608-388-3505 by Friday, Aug. 19.

 

Strong Relationships workshop set for Aug. 25 [ back to top ]

A Building Strong Relationships workshop will be offered Thursday, Aug. 25 from 8 a.m.-noon at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

Workshop topics include communicating in a confident, clear and controlled manner; responding to others to build strong relationships and using praise to build motivation, optimism and winning streaks.

Register by Aug. 19 by calling 608-388-3505.

 

Aug. 25 event set for Women’s Equality Day   [ back to top ]

A Women’s Equality Day Luncheon will be held Thursday, Aug. 25 at McCoy’s, building 1571.

The event begins at 11:30 a.m., with lunch on your own, followed by the presentation from noon-1 p.m.

The event honors the women who worked for women’s suffrage and celebrates the 91st anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote.

The guest speaker is Gloria Dippen.

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

 

Defense Travel System offers classes in August  [ back to top ]
Defense Travel System (DTS) classes will be offered by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service Lead Defense Travel Administrator at Fort McCoy in August at building 50, Distance Learning classroom 3.

The class schedule is:
Aug. 17-18: DTS Temporary Duty Documents, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Aug. 24: Approval Process and Travel Policy, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Classes are open to military and Department of Defense civilian personnel.

To register, e-mail name, unit, phone number, and class choice to mary.j.richmondstremcha.civ@mail.mil.
Class sizes are limited. For more information, call 608-388-6299.

 

Pine View Campground summer season wrapping up  [ back to top ]
There are still three weekends left to enjoy activities at Pine View Campground before the summer season wraps up.

Pine View campsite rentals and activities are open to the public.

The Dog Days of Summer weekend from Aug. 19-21, will feature a Mutts on the Move 5-K run/walk Saturday, Aug. 20 at 9:30 a.m. Other activities include a Master and Mutt obstacle course, talent or best trick contest, a hot-dog-eating contest and much more.

The annual Haunted Trails weekend is Aug. 26-28. Aug. 27 will feature crafts, a costume contest, trick or treating, haunted trails and more.

Campers who mention the word “spooky” when making their campground reservation for this weekend will receive a special discount.

The Country Bash weekend is Sept. 2-4. Activities include a trail ride on bikes, crafts, wagon ride and campfire and s’mores.
Campers also can enjoy a movie and popcorn each Friday night at 9 p.m.

For more information about any of the events or for campground reservations, call 608-388-3517 or 800-531-4703.

 

ACS Instructor Trainer course offered Aug. 30-Sept. 1  [ back to top ]

The Army Community Service (ACS) Instructor Trainer course will be held Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at the ACS center, building 2111.

The course is from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 30-31 and from 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 1.

Skills needed to become an effective instructor will be taught, and those completing the course will be qualified instructors for the Army Family Team Building program. Topics include introduction to effective instructors, platform skills, the adult learner, managing the learning environment, methods of instruction, the preparation process, and speaking extemporaneously.

Participants will give a 10-minute presentation as part of this course.

Register by Friday, Aug. 26 by calling 608-388-3505.

 

Firewood permits available Sept. 1 for selected training 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.

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

Firewood only can be collected in designated areas when there is no military training in the area.

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

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.  

 

Feds Feed Families donations accepted at ACS  [ back to top ]

Federal employees nationwide are stepping up to the challenge of gathering 2 million pounds of non-perishable food items for Families in need, said Lori Enghusen, Fort McCoy Army Community Service (ACS) Information & Referral Program manager.

The Fort McCoy community can help by contributing to the Fort McCoy Feds Feed Families food drive campaign through Aug. 31.

Non-perishable food items can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Army Community Service (ACS), 2111 South 8th Avenue.

Items collected will be donated to the Neighbor for Neighbor Food Pantry in Tomah and the Couleecap Food Pantry in Sparta.
Families enrolled in the Family Focus program will receive 25 Franks per item up to 250 Franks per Family.

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

(Submitted by Fort McCoy ACS.)

 

Fall turkey permits still available for Fort McCoy hunt  [ back to top ]

Applications still are being accepted for the Fort McCoy fall turkey season. Individuals who did not apply for a Wisconsin turkey hunting zone, or were not selected for a Wisconsin turkey hunt, can apply for a Fort McCoy permit. Applications are available on the Fort McCoy website under Recreational Opportunities or from the Permit Sales Office.

Fort McCoy hunting and fishing permits can be purchased from any authorized Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Automated License Issuance System agents or the DNR Online Licensing Center available through http://dnr.wi.gov/.

Archery bonus tags will be available starting Sept. 12 and gun-deer bonus tags Oct. 24.

For more information, call the Permit Sales Office, building 2168, at 608-388-3337.

 

Disabled hunters: Apply now for Oct. 1-2 deer hunt  [ back to top ]
Applications are being accepted until Sept. 26 for the annual gun-deer hunt for disabled hunters.

The Oct. 1-2 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.

 

Share career milestones with hometown media  [ back to top ]
One reason Fort McCoy is an Army Community of Excellence is its employees. The knowledge, experience and customer focus the work force possesses is evident in the day-to-day operations.

The Public Affairs Office administers a Hometown News Release program as a means for both civilian and military personnel to submit their career milestones and accomplishments to hometown media outlets.

Information for Hometown News Releases can be provided by completing a DD Form 2266 for military or Fort McCoy Form 319 for civilians.

Forms are available through the Fort McCoy Corporate Network or through administrative sections.

For more information, call the Public Affairs Office at 608-388-2407.

 

Tomah VA to host Sept. 17 Heroes’ Freedom Run events  [ back to top ]
TOMAH, Wis. (Veterans Affairs Medical Center) — The Tomah Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center will welcome home Veterans — those who have served in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) — at the 4th Annual Heroes’ Freedom Run Saturday, Sept. 17. The Heroes’ Freedom Run is free and open to the public. A one-mile run/walk and roll also is planned. All routes will circle the main buildings on the VA campus.

Same-day registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by the 5-K cross-country run at 9 a.m., a three-person 5-K relay at 9:15 a.m. and the one mile walk and roll at 9:30 a.m. The event also will feature live music.

To recognize the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the Honorary Chairman for this year’s event is Jason Thomas. Thomas was at ground zero on the morning of Sept. 11, and along with other Marines, dug through the rubble and saved the lives of two Port Authority officers. He later served in Iraq and Afghanistan and became the founder of Heroes helping Humanity, heroeshelpinghumanity.org, a non-profit organization striving to improve the standard of living and quality of life for underprivileged servicemen and women, veterans of the U.S. armed services, and America’s youth through partnerships focusing on providing goods and services to the military, and scholarships to economically challenged students.

All OEF/OIF veterans who attend, whether participating in the run or not, will be entered into a special drawing for some great prizes.

To register early, visit http://www.tomah.va.gov/Heroes_Freedom_Run.asp or contact Cindy Graham at 608-372-7783 or e-mail mary.graham2@va.gov.

 

 

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