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August 24, 2012

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Retirement briefings

Rickie Larson (standing) of the State of Wisconsin Work Force Development/Job Center introduces a panel of local employers who talked about the hiring process and what they look for in employees. The panel participated in the Transition Assistance Program, which is part of the Army Career and Alumni Program for military personnel who are nearing retirement or separation from active duty. The next Army Career and Alumni Program session at Fort McCoy is scheduled for Nov. 5-8. For more information, call 608-388-7941.

Photo by Rob Schuette

 

PHOTO: Rickie Larson (standing) of the State of Wisconsin Work Force Development/Job Center introduces a panel of local employers. Photo by Rob Schuette
  
Annual ACOE survey for garrison begins Sept. 4  [ back to top ]
The Fort McCoy garrison will conduct a self-assessment survey Sept. 4-28. The survey is a component of the Installation Management Command (IMCOM) annual Army Communities of Excellence competition.

Soldiers and government civilian employees from all levels of the garrison — senior leaders, supervisory and non-supervisory — will be asked to participate in the assessment.

Maximum employee participation is essential to ensure the validity of the results. Individual responses and comments will remain anonymous.

This year IMCOM will use the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence self-assessment tool “Are We Making Progress?” to evaluate each garrison’s status.

The garrison Plans, Analysis, and Integration Office (PAIO) will provide self-assessment guidance to the garrison work force before the Sept. 4 start date.

The link to the online assessment will be provided to garrison personnel via e-mail.

Contacts at PAIO are Laura La Marche or Debi Waterman-Antone. La Marche can be reached by e-mail at laura.k.lamarche.civ@mail.mil or by calling 608-388-2062; Waterman-Antone can be reached by e-mail at debra.j.watermanantone.civ@mail.mil or by calling 608-388-5485.

 

AT/Mob Barracks ribbon-cutting ceremony set for Sept. 6  [ back to top ]

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new $6.8 million Annual Training/Mobilization Barracks facility will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 in the 2800 block, near the corner of West K Street and West 12th Avenue.

The event is open to members of the Fort McCoy work force/community.

Parking will be available in the lot on West K Street.

The project is the first barracks facility built to support transient training at Fort McCoy since 1942.
Refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

Questions can be directed to the Directorate of Public Works at 608-388-7992. 

 

Commemorative Area open to public 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.

 

Case-lot sale being held at McCoy Commissary Sept. 7-8  [ back to top ]
The Fort McCoy Commissary will hold a case-lot sale Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8 in building 1879. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

Sale items may include canned vegetables, canned fruit, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, snacks, cereals, juice, water and more. Items are subject to change due to availability.

Fresh meat, produce and frozen-food items will be available at the Commissary, building 1537. The sale is available for authorized Commissary patrons with a valid ID card.

For more information, call the Fort McCoy Commissary at 608-388-3542 or visit the website www.commissaries.com.

 

McCoy versus Sparta softball set for Sept. 9 in Sparta [ back to top ]
A Fort McCoy versus Sparta Chicago-style softball game will be held Sunday, Sept. 9 at Memorial Park in Sparta.

Pre-game events begin at 11 a.m. with a live band performance, followed by a comedy act and the game beginning at 1:30 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The game marks the seventh game between the two teams. The McCoy team currently has four wins over the Sparta team.

For more information about the game or participating on the Fort McCoy team, contact Capt. Matthew Wright at 608-388-2109 or by e-mail at matthew.h.wright.mil@mail.mil

 

Rear Detachment Commander, FRG training offered Sept. 10-11  [ back to top ]

Rear Detachment Commander and Family Readiness Group (FRG) training will be held Sept. 10-11 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, building 2111.

Topics include an ACS overview, volunteer management, the roles and responsibilities of the rear detachment commander and FRG leader, Army Family Team Building, working with Families, overview of Army Regulation 608-1/Appendix J, TRICARE and legal overview, building a resource library, working with a Family Support Network, and real-life scenarios.

Register by Sept. 8 by calling 608-388-3505.

 

Register now for Sept. 12 Roadkill 5K run, walk   [ back to top ]
A Roadkill 5K run will be held Sept. 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122. Walkers also are encouraged to participate.

Prizes will be awarded to the first- and second-place male and female finishers. The registration fee is $10. The first 25 participants to register will receive a Roadkill T-shirt.

To register or for more information, visit the fitness center or call 608-388-2290.

 

Sept. 13 workshop to cover Employment Interviewing   [ back to top ]

An Employment Interviewing Workshop will be offered Sept. 13 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

The workshop will help participants learn to anticipate commonly-asked questions and prepare responses that impress employers, demonstrate the link between talents and an organization’s needs, and effectively convey skills, achievements and potential. Participants also will learn to ask appropriate questions during the interview and non-verbally communicate the qualities that employers seek.

To register by Sept. 7, call 608-388-3505. 

 

McCoy Golf Scramble set for Sept. 14 in Wyeville  [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation four-person Golf Scramble is Friday, Sept. 14 at 11 a.m. The tournament is at the Holiday Lodge Golf Resort in Wyeville.

The tournament is open to the entire Fort McCoy community and their Family members.

At least two team members must be either military (active, reserve, retired), a Family member, Department of Defense civilian, Fort McCoy contract employee, or a commercial sponsor of the event.

The registration fee is $16 per person plus greens and cart fees. Dinner is included. Prizes will be awarded, and a chance to win two $400 travel vouchers will be offered. Registration forms and fees must be submitted to the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122, by Aug. 31. For more information, call 608-388-4161/2290.

Event sponsors are All American Do it Center, A.L.M Charities, Best Western – Sparta Trail Lodge, Case Construction, Carlson Wagonlit SatoTravel, Competitive Edge, Delta Airlines, Identity Works, TCI Architects Engineers Contractor, and USAA. No federal endorsement is implied.

 

McCoy Day for Kids set for Sept. 15 at Fort McCoy  [ back to top ]
The annual Fort McCoy Day for Kids event is Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at building 905.

The event is open to all military Families as well as youth with parents in the Fort McCoy community. All youth must be accompanied by a parent or adult.

Activities at the event include carnival-inspired games, inflatables, door prizes and informational booths. A complimentary lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., or while supplies last.

A Kids’ Run will be held at 10:30 a.m. for youth 5-18 years old. Registration begins at 10 a.m.

For more information, call 608-388-4373.

 

3-gun shoot Sept. 15 at Sportsman’s Range [ back to top ]
A three-gun shoot will be held Saturday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. at Fort McCoy’s Sportsman’s Range.

Each participant will shoot targets in three different stages. Two stages will consist of using three guns — rifle, shotgun and pistol — to complete the stage. One stage will be shotgun only. Rifles and shotguns will be available for use. Participants must provide their own pistol.

The entry fee is $20. Register at the Sportsman’s Range; Pine View Campground, building 8053; or online at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/mccoyrectrac.html. Prizes will be awarded. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Participants who register by Sept. 13 are eligible for a two-night stay for the price of one at Pine View Campground from Sept. 14-16.

For more information, call 608-388-3517 or visit www.mccoymwr.com.  

 

VA Heroes Freedom Run Sept. 15 in Tomah  [ back to top ]
The Tomah Veteran Affairs Medical Center will host a Heroes Freedom Run Saturday, Sept. 15, as a welcome-home celebration for all veterans who served in Operation Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom or New Dawn.

Participants may preregister for the free run/walk event at the website http://www.active.com/5K-race/tomah-wi/heroes-freedom-run-2012 or by calling the Tomah VA until the day before the event.

Same-day registration will be available at the event beginning at 7:30 a.m.

The 5K run will begin at 9:15 a.m. A three-person 5K relay will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by a 1-mile fun walk/roll, beginning at 9:45 a.m. Chip timing is being used in both running events.

For details, contact Cindy Graham, OEF/OIF/OND Program Outreach coordinator, at 608-372-7783 or mary.graham2@va.gov.

 

Bowling special available Sundays in September [ back to top ]
The Thunder Bowl Bowling Center, located inside McCoy’s, building 1571, will have $1 per game bowling from 5-8 p.m. Sundays in September. Shoe rental is an additional $1.

Thunder Bowl offers eight lanes, automatic scoring, bumper bowling, and state-of-the-art equipment.

For more information, call 608-388-7060.

 

Stress & change training Sept. 19  [ back to top ]

Stress Management and Acknowledging Change training will be presented by the Army Family Team Building program Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 8-11 a.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

The stress-management portion defines stress and identifies symptoms and sources of stress. Participants, through self-assessment, will determine how they manage personal stress and discuss stress-management techniques.

The acknowledging change portion will define change and discuss the four phases of change.

Participants will examine strategies to overcome tendencies to resist change.

Register by Sept. 13 by calling 608-388-3505.     

 

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