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August 27, 2010

News Notes

RTS-Maintenance change of command

U. S. Army Brig. Gen. Tim Williams, second from left, passes the flag to Regional Training Site-Maintenance Commander Maj. Matt Jenkins at the Change of Command Ceremony for Regional Training Site (RTS)-Maintenance. Williams is the commander of the 80th The Army School System, to which RTS-Maintenance is aligned. (Photo by Val Hyde)  


PHOTO: U. S. Army Brig. Gen. Tim Williams, second from left, passes the flag to Regional Training Site-Maintenance Commander Maj. Matt Jenkins at the Change of Command Ceremony for Regional Training Site (RTS)-Maintenance. Photo by Val Hyde
New Command Judge Advocate at Installation Legal Office [ back to top ]

Lt. Col. Richard L. Todd assumed duties as Fort McCoy Command Judge Advocate at the Installation Legal Office (ILO) this month.

Todd comes to Fort McCoy from Darien, Ill., where he served as the deputy staff judge advocate for the 416th Theater Engineer Command. He also served at Fort McCoy in 2003-2004 as the mobilization chief of Legal Assistance and the mobilization chief of Military Justice.

Todd has served in the Army for more than 23 years.

Todd can be reached by calling ILO at 608-388-2165. 


Publication Warehouse returns to building 2161 [ back to top ]
The Directorate of Human Resources Publications and Forms Warehouse has resumed operations in building 2161.

The phone number is 608-388-4141.


Chapel 1 reopens after renovations completed  [ back to top ]
Renovations for Chapel 1, building 2672 at Fort McCoy, have been completed and the facility has reopened for worship.

Protestant Services are held at 9:30 a.m. Sundays in the facility.

For more information about worship schedules in the Fort McCoy community, call the Religious Support Office at 608-388-3528.


CYS Services after-school program to begin Sept. 1 at Fort McCoy   [ back to top ]

Fort McCoy Child, Youth and School (CYS) Services will provide after-school care for youth in the Fort McCoy community beginning Monday, Sept. 1.

School Age Services, building 1751, an after-school program for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, is accredited by The National AfterSchool Association.

The Middle School/Teen program provides after-school opportunities for youth in sixth through 12th grade.

Both programs offer many activities at the local Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities and are affiliated with the Boys & Girls Club and 4-H Club.

The programs are available from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during the school year. Youth are bussed by CYS Services from designated schools in Tomah and Sparta. The programs also are available on non-school days and when school is let out due to inclement weather or early dismissal.

For more information or registration, call Parent Central Services at 608-388-8956. 


Strong Beginnings class has openings for 2010-11 school year  [ back to top ]

The Strong Beginnings Program at the Fort McCoy Child Development Center has openings for the 2010-2011 school year.

The program is designed to prepare pre-kindergartners for kindergarten. It focuses on classroom management skills, as well as math and literacy. Children must turn 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 to be eligible for the program. The Strong Beginnings class is from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. with wrap-around care available.

For more information, call 608-388-2238 or to register call, Parent Central Services at 608-388-8956.  


McCoy Flag Football League play to begin in September  [ back to top ]

Team registration for Fort McCoy’s flag football league will be accepted at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122 through Sept. 7.

Each team will have seven players and can have two substitutes. The league is limited to eight teams.

The league will play at 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, from Sept. 9 – Nov. 18 at the Rumpel Fitness Center.

For more information, call 608-388-3200. 



Hunter Education Course to be held beginning Sept. 9  [ back to top ] 

A six-session Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Hunter Education Course will be held at the Army Reserve Readiness Training Center, building 50 at Fort McCoy, from 5:15 – 8 p.m. Thursdays Sept. 9, 16, and 23, and in Sparta from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 11, 18, and 25.

The course is open to the public, and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis for up to 25 students. The registration fee is $10.

Through lectures, demonstrations, group discussions, practical exercises, individual study and activity assignments, students will learn the cause and prevention of hunting accidents, and hunter responsibility and safety.

Graduates of the course will be Wisconsin DNR Hunter Education Certified. Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1973 must have the certification to purchase any hunting license in Wisconsin. The certificate is valid in all 50 states, Canada and Mexico.

For more information contact Patrick Koehler at 608-388-9157 or Dennis Schaller at 608-388-7147.


Retiree Appreciation Day event to be held Sept. 10 at Fort McCoy  [ back to top ] 

Registration for Fort McCoy’s Retiree Appreciation Day ends Tuesday, Aug. 31. Registration forms are available at: http://www.mccoy.army.mil/Retirees/documents/2010-RAD_Registration.pdf.

Retirees from all branches of the armed forces and their Family members are invited to attend the event 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.
For more information, call 608-388-3716. 


Supermarket of Veterans Benefits to be held Sept. 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  [ back to top ]

A Supermarket of Veterans Benefits will be held from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10 at the Wisconsin Military Academy, building 90, in conjunction with Fort McCoy’s Retiree Appreciation Day.

Veterans can receive information about and applications for state and federal benefits, programs and services including health care, loans, education, employment, state veterans’ cemeteries, assisted-living and nursing-home care. Assistance in obtaining military medals and records also will be provided.

Family members of veterans and deployed service members are encouraged to attend.

For more information call the Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs at 1-800-WIS-VETS or visit http://www.WisVets.com.


Commemorative Area buildings to be open 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.


Tomah VA to host open house, run   [ back to top ]
The Tomah VA Medical Center will host an open house and a “Heroes Freedom Run” Saturday, Sept. 11. The events are open to the public.

During the open house, which will run from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., VA employees and volunteers will provide guided tours of almost $15 million in construction projects, which will be completed in 2010, and a new urgent care clinic, which will be complete in July 2011.

Registration for the run begins at 8 a.m. A 5K run begins at 9 a.m., a three-person 5K relay at 9:15 a.m., and a one- mile fun run, walk at 9:45 a.m. The event honors Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom veterans.

For more information about the open house, call 608-372-7759 or for the run, call 608-372-3971, Ext. 67783.


2 interview workshops set for September at McCoy ACS  [ back to top ]
An employment interviewing workshop will be held Thursday, Sept. 16 from 8:30 -11:30 a.m. at the Army Community Service (ACS) center, building 2111. Registration is required by 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10.

This workshop will help attendees interview with poise and confidence, anticipate commonly asked questions and prepare responses, demonstrate the link between individual talents and an organization’s needs, effectively convey skills, achievements and potential, and much more.

A mock interviewing workshop will be held Thursday, September 23 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Registration is required by 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16.

Participants will gain interviewing experience and feedback from Kathleen Olson, employment and training specialist. Olson has developed and conducted educational workshops and seminars related to resume writing, job seeking and interviewing for more than 10 years.

The workshop will allow attendees to see other participants face commonly-asked interview questions to learn from their skills, strategies and styles and can have their own interview recorded for a personal critique and review. A copy of participant resumes is requested prior to the session.

These workshops, sponsored by the ACS Spouse Employment Program, are open to the entire Fort McCoy community. Participation in both workshops is encouraged but not required. Priority placement is given to military spouses who apply by the registration deadline. Participants are eligible to receive Family Focus Franks. Register by calling ACS at 608-388-3505.


MWR Golf Tournament to be held Sept. 17 at Hiawatha Golf Club  [ back to top ]
A four-person-team golf tournament will be held Friday, Sept. 17 at the Hiawatha Golf Club in Tomah. The event will start at 11 a.m.

The tournament is open to active, reserve and retired military personnel and their Family members, DoD civilians and Family members, commercial sponsors of this event, and Fort McCoy contract employees.

The event includes door prizes, awards and dinner. Participants who make a hole-in-one will win a 2010 Scion xD.

Registration forms and fees must be submitted to the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122 by Monday, Sept. 6.

Registration forms are available at http://www.mccoymwr.com/images/stories/Flyers/RegistrationForm.pdf.

The event is being conducted by the Fort McCoy Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Sponsors include Delta, Carlson Wagonlit Travel SatoTravel, Best Western, Case Construction, Games People Play, Oshkosh Defense, TCI, Mathy Construction Co., Cranberry Country Lodge, Super 8 - Sparta, Competitive Edge and All American Do it Center.

No federal endorsement is implied.

For more information, call 608-388-6461/2290.


McCoy Day for Kids set for Sept. 18     [ back to top ]
The Fort McCoy Day for Kids event will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18 in building 905.

The event will feature inflatable games, Wii activities and games, funny family photos, a free hot dog lunch, booths by Operation Military Kids, Army Community Service, and 4-H Club, and much more.

The event is sponsored by Econo Lodge, CDW-G, McDonald’s, Reinhart Food Service, Ho-Chunk Cinema, Pizza Hut, River City Ready Mix and Frito Lay.

No federal endorsement is implied.

For more information, call 608-388-4373.


Instructor/Trainer Course Sept. 28-30 at Army Community Service Center   [ back to top ]
An Instructor Trainer Course will be held from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sept. 28-29 and 8 a.m. – noon Sept. 30 at the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, building 2111.

The course teaches skills needed to be effective instructors and qualifies participants as Army Family Team Building program instructors.

Topics presented include Introduction to Effective Instructors, Platform Skills, The Adult Learner, Managing the Learning Environment, Methods of Instruction and The Preparation Process.

Participants also will be required to give a 10-minute presentation.

Registration is requested by 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17 by calling the ACS Center at 608-388-3505.




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