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September 10, 2010

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PHOTO: Command and community leaders re-sign the Army Community Covenant at the Aug. 25 Business Appreciation Event at Fort McCoy. Photo by Geneve N. Mankel

Community Covenant re-signing

Command and community leaders re-sign the Army Community Covenant at the Aug. 25 Business Appreciation Event at Fort McCoy. The covenant fosters and sustains partnerships between Fort McCoy and the surrounding communities. Pictured from left are Col. David E. Chesser, Fort McCoy garrison commander; Command Sgt. Maj. William T. Bissonette Jr., garrison command sergeant major; John Rusch, Tomah mayor; and John Sund Jr., Sparta mayor. Fort McCoy Senior Commander Maj. Gen. Glenn J. Lesniak also signed the covenant prior to the event.
(Photo by Geneve N. Mankel)    

Army designates September as National Preparedness Month  [ back to top ]

Fort McCoy has planned several activities to support “National Preparedness Month,” which the Department of the Army (DA) has announced will be observed in September.

Preparedness is an essential element of a resilient and a secure installation. Fort McCoy Emergency Management has made preparedness a top priority, said Quentin Graham of the Fort McCoy Emergency Management/Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive.

Staff members are working to ensure Fort McCoy stands ready to respond to any disaster or emergency from wildfires and tornadoes to terrorist attacks and pandemic disease. The goal is to ensure a resilient installation, one in which individuals and missions can adapt to changing conditions as well as withstand and rapidly recover from disruption due to emergencies.

The Fort McCoy Ready Army Campaign stresses three important preparation steps: get a kit, make a plan and be informed about the different types of emergencies that can happen.

Some of the recommended actions are to take time to prepare a 72-hour emergency supply kit, create a Family emergency plan, educate yourself and Family members about potential disasters, attend a First Aid CPR class, practice an emergency evacuation plan at work and at home and create an In Case of Emergency “ICE” contact in your cell phone(s).

Several events will be held at Fort McCoy including an emergency management display at McCoy’s, building 1571, Sept. 24-26.
To learn more about emergency preparedness visit the websites at http://www.ready.gov, http://www.citizencorps.gov or http://www.ready.army.mil.

More information about events/resources in the Fort McCoy community also is available by calling 608-388-5107.

(Submitted by Fort McCoy Emergency Management Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive ). 


Red Pin Bowling set for Saturdays in September  [ back to top ]

Red Pin bowling night is being held from 7 – 10 p.m. every Saturday in September at Thunder Bowl Bowling Center at McCoy’s, building 1571.

Bowlers who roll a strike when the head pin is red win a free game of bowling.

For information, call 608-388-7060. 


Basketball League registration due by Sept. 15 [ back to top ]

Team registration for Fort McCoy’s eight-team, five-on-five basketball league will be accepted through Sept. 15 at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

Teams will have five players with up to three substitutes. Players who sign up individually will be placed on a team.

Games will be played Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and noon Oct. 5 -Dec. 14 at Rumpel Fitness Center.

For more information, call 608-388-3200. 


Friends and Spouses of Fort McCoy luncheon, fashion show Sept. 16   [ back to top ]

A Friends and Spouses of Fort McCoy luncheon and fall fashion show will be held from 10:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 at McCoy’s, building 1571.

The luncheon is the group’s first meeting of the year and is open to Fort McCoy military and civilian personnel and Family members.

The cost of the luncheon is $9. Member dues are $12 for those interested.

RSVP is requested by Tuesday, Sept. 14 by calling Sarah Hughes at 608-269-2092 or by e-mail to sarahhughes@centurytel.net


Garrison, 88th RSC softball teams to meet in showdown game  [ back to top ]

A Fort McCoy Championship Softball Showdown between Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison and the 88th Regional Support Command will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23 at Constitution Park.

Everyone in the Fort McCoy community is welcome to attend.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

For more information, call 608-388-8698. 


SKIESUnlimited swimming classes to begin Sept. 25 at fitness center    [ back to top ]

Swimming lessons will be offered for youth registered in the Fort McCoy Child Youth & School Services, SKIESUnlimited program.

Classes begin Saturday, Sept. 25 and include parent/tot swim lessons for children 6 months to 3 years old and level 1-6 lessons for youth at least 4 years old and 42-inches tall to 18 years old.

Lessons will be held Saturday mornings. The registration fee is $15 per child.

For more information, including class descriptions, visit http://www.mccoymwr.com/soldier-family-programs/about-child-youth-school-services/skies.html, or call 608-388-8956. 


Wii Family Bowling Tournament begins Oct. 1 at ACS, CAC  [ back to top ]

A Wii Family Bowling Tournament will be held Oct. 1 – Nov. 30 at the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, building 2111, and the Community Activity Center (CAC), building 2000.

Families registered in the Family Focus program can bowl as many games as possible during their allotted time frame and record their scores on the score sheet provided. Score sheets will be turned into ACS and recorded in tournament categories. Prizes will be awarded.

Families must call ACS to schedule bowling times. Bowling times at ACS will be Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and at CAC Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Minimum attendance requirement is at least one adult and one child per Family.

Families will receive 50 Family Focus Franks for each Family member bowling. All score sheets are due at ACS by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8.

For more information or to register in the Family Focus program, call 608-388-3505. 


Hispanic Heritage Month observance set for Oct. 5 [ back to top ]

A Hispanic Heritage Month observance will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5 at McCoy’s, building 1571.

The guest speaker, Dr. Leigh Waggoner, was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She left school at 17 to dance professionally in Mexico City for a year.

She moved to Sparta in 2000. Within the year she began to reach out to the Hispanic community. Out of her efforts Lugar de Reunión (The Meeting Place) was established in 2007.

Lugar de Reunión is a free-standing resource center that serves the various needs of Latinos in Monroe County.

For more information about the event, call the Fort McCoy Equal Opportunity Adviser at 608-388-3246. 


Resumix Builder Workshop covers how to apply for civilian jobs  [ back to top ]
A Resumix Builder Workshop will be held from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6 at the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, building 2111.

The workshop will cover how to apply for Department of Army civilian employment vacancies, Resumix account set up, and tips on preparing resumes. This training, sponsored by the Spouse Employment Program, is open to the entire Fort McCoy community with priority placement given to military spouses.

Register by 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1 by calling ACS at 608-388-3505.


Strengthen, Stretch class Mondays, Wednesdays at Fitness Center  [ back to top ]
A new Strengthen and Stretch class is being offered from 4:30 – 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in September at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

The 30-minute class combines strength training exercises and stretching to help participants achieve a stronger and more-flexible body.

For information on all fitness classes, visit the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation website at http://www.mccoymwr.com  or call 608-388-2290.
Education resource materials available for check out at ACS   [ back to top ]
Educational resource materials available for check out are featured in September “spotlight” at the Army Community Service (ACS) Library.

Featured titles include, “One-Hour College Application Essay,” “Quick Guide to College Majors and Careers,” “Scholarship Handbook,” “Master the SAT,” and “The Real ACT Prep Guide.” Family Focus Franks can be earned for checking out September “spotlight” materials.

For more information on Family Focus Franks or educational materials in the Fort McCoy community, contact ACS, building 2111, at 608-388-3505.




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