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August 13, 2010

News Notes

 Congressional visit

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind visited Fort McCoy Tuesday, Aug. 3. Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser and Public Works Director Darrell Neitzel briefed Kind on the impact of just over $45 million Fort McCoy received through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. They later toured the installation to see examples like this renovated barracks of the projects funded with the stimulus money received.
(Photo by Lou Ann M. Mittelstaedt)



PHOTO: U.S. Rep. Ron Kind visited Fort McCoy Tuesday, Aug. 3. Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser and Public Works Director Darrell Neitzel briefed Kind on the impact of just over $45 million Fort McCoy received through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Photo by Lou Ann M. Mittelstaedt
Family Readiness Group class set for Aug. 18 at McCoy  [ back to top ]

An in-depth class outlining the Army’s policy on the running or being a part of a Family Readiness Group (FRG) will be held Wednesday, Aug. 18 from 8 – 11 a.m.

The class will offer new commanders or Family members information on how to properly start and sustain a successful FRG, and it also can serve as a refresher class.

Register no later than Monday, Aug. 16 by calling Army Community Service at 608-388-3505. 


BOSS sets meeting for Aug. 18,litter cleanup event for Aug. 25   [ back to top ]

Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) will meet Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 11 a.m. at the BOSS Center, building 1647. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month and include a pizza lunch.

The next BOSS event will be an Adopt-A-Highway Program litter clean-up on a two-mile stretch of Highway 21 Wednesday, Aug. 25 at 3:30 p.m.

The BOSS program is designed primarily for single Soldiers of all ranks to enhance quality of life/well-being, provide recreation and leisure activities and community service support. Membership is expanded to include geographically separated Soldiers (regardless of rank) and single Fort McCoy civilians.

Membership is not required to attend meetings or events. Anyone who is an authorized Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) patron can attend meetings and events because involvement at most BOSS functions is open to authorized MWR patrons.
For more information, contact the MWR program adviser at 608-388- 3944.


Deadline approaching to order Disney tickets at CAC, bldg. 2000  [ back to top ]

The last day to order Disney World Armed Forces Salute Tickets is Wednesday, Aug. 18. The tickets provide military members and up to five companions with discounted four-day passes.

Tickets can be ordered at the Fort McCoy Leisure Travel Services office, located inside the Community Activity Center, building 2000. Tickets must be used by Thursday, Sept. 30.

Leisure Travel Services also can help with vacation planning, to include all inclusive packages, cruises and discounted tickets for Mount Olympus and Noah’s Ark in Wisconsin Dells.

For more information, call 608-388-3213/3011.


Women’s Equality Day observance set for Aug. 26 at McCoy’s    [ back to top ]

A Women’s Equality Day Luncheon will be held Thursday, Aug. 26 at McCoy’s, building 1571.

The luncheon is at 11:30 a.m., with lunch on your own, and the program is from noon-1 p.m.

The event recognizes the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. The guest speaker is Brig. Gen. Marcia Anderson.

The 2010 Fort McCoy Excellence in Diversity Award also will be presented.For information, call Ernestine Robinson at 608-388-3106. 


Pine View Campground to host car show, open to the public  [ back to top ]

A car show will be held Saturday, Aug. 28 from 1 – 4 p.m. at Fort McCoy’s Pine View Campground. The event is free and open to the public.

Anyone with an old or interesting car, truck or bike is invited to enter the show. Prizes will be awarded for first- and second-place auto and motorcycle.

Registration f orms are available at the websitehttp://www.mccoymwr.com/Flyers/Car%20Show.pdf. Completed registration forms can be dropped off at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122 or mailed to: Sports and Fitness Branch, 2187 South J Street, Fort McCoy, WI 54656. There is no registration fee.

For more information, call 608-388-3200. 


Firewood permits available beginning Sept. 1 at McCoy   [ back to top ]

Permits to collect firewood in specific training areas at Fort McCoy will be available beginning Sept. 1.

A $10 calendar-day permit allows firewood cutting for one day. The $50 calendar-month permit allows cutting for an entire calendar month.

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

Permit holders are limited to one vehicle, with or without a trailer that is smaller than a semi tractor and trailer. Fort McCoy firewood permits are nontransferable and nonrefundable.

Monroe County remains in the Wisconsin gypsy moth area quarantine. Firewood cannot be moved outside of the quarantined area. All counties east of Fort McCoy also are in the quarantine.

Counties north, south and west of Fort McCoy are not in the quarantined area. Firewood from Fort McCoy cannot be moved to or accepted in these areas.

Permits (including maps of collection sites) are available through the Directorate of Public Works Natural Resources Branch located in building 2168. Office hours are from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

For more information, call 608-388-3337, or 608-388-5584.  


Retiree Appreciation Day activities Sept. 10 at Fort McCoy   [ back to top ]

Retirees from all branches of the armed forces and their Family members are invited to Fort McCoy’s Retiree Appreciation Day Friday, Sept. 10 from 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sign- in begins at 7 a.m.

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

The event will feature guest speakers from organizations that affect military retiree living and a benefits fair featuring display tables manned by representatives from a wide variety of military retiree and veteran-related organizations and activities.

Pre-registration for the event is required. Registration forms are available at: http://www.mccoy.army.mil/Retirees/documents/2010-RAD_Registration.pdf.
For more information, call 608-388-3716. 


Commemorative Area to be open from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sept. 10   [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Commemorative Area buildings and History Center will be open to the public from 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10.

The Commemorative Area consists of World War II-era buildings set aside to help tell Fort McCoy’s unique story. These facilities are representative of the types found in the cantonment area when it was constructed in 1942.

The History Center features displays of photographs and memorabilia that reflect the roles of the installation throughout its history.

For more information, call 608-388-2407.  


Family Focus program offering Our Family Time poster program   [ back to top ]
Family Focus Families can get creative by making a poster to display photos or write, draw etc., about their summer Family time. Entries must be on a 22-inch by 28 inch white poster board.

Families who turn in posters to Army Community Service (ACS) by 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10 will receive 100 Family Focus Franks. Families who turn in posters by 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31 will receive an additional 75 Family Focus Franks and have their projects displayed at the Sept. 18, Day for Kids event.

A “Family Time” prize basket will be given to the three Families who receive the most votes on their poster at the event.
Posters will be returned to each Family after Sept. 18.

For more information or to enroll in the program, call ACS at 608-388-3505 or stop by building, 2111 to sign up. 


Stock Market Simulation Game to meet at ACS Sept. 15-Dec. 8  [ back to top ]
A Stock Market Simulation Game workshop will meet Wednesdays from Sept. 15 – Dec. 8 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at the Army Community Service (ACS) center, building 2111. The workshop is presented by Professor Tom Krueger from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Finance Department, and is sponsored by the Fort McCoy ACS Financial Readiness Program.

This course will introduce beginning and intermediate investors to practical securities and investments, including strategies covering stocks, bonds, mutual funds and real estate.

The workshop is open to the entire Fort McCoy community. Participants are eligible to receive Family Focus Franks.

Register by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8 by calling ACS at 608-388-3505.




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