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News Notes

Haunted Halloween trails to be offered at Pine View [ back to top ]

Halloween will be celebrated in August at the Fort McCoy Pine View Recreation Area.

Kid Friendly and Haunted Trails will be held Friday, Aug. 21 and Saturday, Aug. 22.

Bonfires and S’Mores also are planned Aug. 21-22. All these activities are open to the public.

People staying at Pine View over the weekend also can participate in a number of other activities in keeping with the Halloween theme.

Pine View hosts a variety of summer activities and themed weekends, which will run through Labor Day this year.

For more information, visit the Fort McCoy Morale, Welfare and Recreation Web site at http://www.mccoymwr.com or call 800-531-4703.

Women's Equality Day luncheon set for Aug. 27   [ back to top ]

The Women’s Equality Day Celebration is in honor of the women who worked so hard to achieve the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which allowed women the right to vote. This celebration is in recognition of the 89th anniversary of that momentous event. This program will be held Aug. 27 at McCoy’s, building 1571. The guest speaker for this celebration is Rosemary Denman, Chief of Staff, 88th Regional Support Command.

The luncheon portion of the program will start at 11:30 a.m. Individuals are responsible for their own meal. The program will begin at noon and finish by 1 p.m.

An employee of the Fort McCoy Community will be presented with the 2009 Excellence Through Diversity Award during the celebration program.


Patriot Warrior exercise may cause traffic crossing delays  [ back to top ]

Motorists in the Fort McCoy area are advised to be aware they may need to slow down or stop and yield to military traffic crossing State Highway 21 during periods of heavy training because of the Patriot Warrior Exercise. Signs will be posted stating "Vehicles Crossing: Be Prepared to Stop."

The additional traffic is projected from now through Thursday, Aug. 20 because of convoy lane training. The Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) may assign an officer to direct traffic, depending on the volume of vehicles, during the heaviest training periods.

For more information about highway traffic on State Highway 21 or on Fort McCoy, call the DES at 608-388-2044.


DFMWR Customer Advisory Board to meet Sept. 9    [ back to top ]

The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) Customer Advisory Board will meet at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 in the conference room of building 2187.

Representatives of all directorates and tenant organizations at Fort McCoy are welcomed and encouraged to attend. These informal meetings are held quarterly to collect customer information and to assess customer satisfaction regarding DFMWR programs and services.

Topics of discussion typically include "What’s New in DFMWR," "Facility Highlights" and "Customer Feedback," and more.

For more information, call 608-388-2201.


Retiree Appreciation Day to be held Sept. 11 at Fort McCoy  [ back to top ]

FORT McCOY, Wis. – 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. 11. Sign in starts at 7 a.m. in building 905. The event will run from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is available at cost on 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. Photo identification is required by all personnel entering Fort McCoy.

Mail registration no later than Sept. 1 to: Retirement Service Office, 2187 South J. Street, Fort McCoy, WI 54656. For more information, call the Fort McCoy Retirement Services Office at 608-388-3716 or 800-452-0923 or visit the Honors Newsletter at http://www.mccoy.army.mil/Retirees/documents/Midwest_2009.pdf.

Retiree Appreciation Days sponsored by Fort McCoy RSO also are scheduled for Aug. 20 at Des Moines/Altoona, Iowa; Aug. 28 at Rosemount National Guard Training Facility, Rosemount, Minn.; Aug. 29 at Camp Ripley, Little Falls, Minn.; Sept. 18 at Twin Ports/Duluth, Minn.; Sept. 26 at Prior Lake, Minn.; Sept. 26 at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Selfridge, Mich.; Oct. 24 at Great Lakes, Ill.; and Oct. 31 at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill.


Fort McCoy Commemorative Area/History Center open Sept. 11    [ back to top ]

Fort McCoy’s Commemorative Area and History Center will be open to the public special hours Friday, Sept. 11. The area will be open from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. in recognition of Patriot Day, Retiree Appreciation Day and the installation’s 100th anniversary.

This area of the post has been set aside to help preserve pieces of the installation’s history and to help tell Fort McCoy’s unique story. The park-like setting includes:

• Five World War II-era buildings filled with period furnishings and displays;
     • A History Center with recently redesigned exhibits and displays depicting Fort McCoy’s Century of Service to America from the installation’s founding in 1909 to the present day;
     • An Equipment Park with more than 50 pieces of equipment, including helicopters, howitzers, tanks, trucks and trailers; and
     • Veterans Memorial Plaza, the latest addition to the area, which features a space for personal reflection.

Public Affairs Office staff members will be on site to answer questions.

For more information, call 608-388-2407.


Disabled hunters must apply by Aug. 24 for special Oct. 3-4 hunt   [ back to top ]

Disabled hunters still have time to apply for the Oct. 3-4 special hunt at Fort McCoy but are encouraged not to wait too long as the application deadline of Monday, Aug. 24 is fast approaching.

Individuals participating in this hunt must possess a Class A or Class C Permit issued by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and a valid State of Wisconsin Deer Gun License. Individuals with a Wisconsin Class B Permit also are eligible for the disabled hunt if their permit is issued for longer than one year and authorizes hunting from a stationary vehicle. Hunters cannot participate in more than one disabled gun-deer hunt within Wisconsin in the same calendar year.

Hunters will receive a Fort McCoy bonus tag allowing them to harvest an antlerless deer. Participants must use their regular Wisconsin Deer Gun carcass tag to harvest an antlered deer.

With the bonus tag, hunters can take up to two deer. Wisconsin bonus tags are not valid on Fort McCoy.

To receive a 2009 Fort McCoy Disabled Hunt Application, e-mail requests to usarmy.mccoy.imcom-northeast.mail.dpw-permit-sales@mail.mil, or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Directorate of Public Works, IMNE MCY PWEN (Permit Sales), 2171 South 8th Ave., Fort McCoy, WI 54656-5136.


Signup under way for fall leagues now at McCoy's Bowling Center   [ back to top ]

Fall bowling leagues now are forming at Fort McCoy. Competition will be held, beginning in October at McCoy’s Bowling Center, building 1571.

Mixed leagues will be held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights.

For details, call Steve Gilson after 2 p.m. Monday-Thursday at 608-388-7060.


Gridiron Challenge competition to begin at McCoy's soon  [ back to top ]

Authorized Fort McCoy personnel can compete in the Gridiron Challenge. Details will be available soon.

The competition will begin with the first week of regular National Football League games the week of Sept. 12. Weekly prizes will be awarded in the contest.


CYSS afterschool program accepting reservations for 2009-10  [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Child, Youth and School Services program is accepting enrollments in the afterschool program. Separate programs will be held for youths in grades kindergarten through fifth and grades 6 to 12. For more information, call 608-388-4373.


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