|By Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
of two Fort McCoy families participating in the Rumpel Fitness Center’s
Family Connections program use it as a fun way to stay involved in the
installation community and keep physically fit. The program also is part
of the installation’s effort to support the Army Family Covenant and
strengthen families by having them do events together.
The families of Master Sgt. Misty
Brown (left) and Master Sgt. Leslie Guttenberg (right) and Lt.
Col. John Halvorson (back row, center) are participants in the
Family Connections program.
Family Connections is open to authorized people — both families and
individuals — in the Fort McCoy community and requires participants to
complete a specific number of recreational, educational and physical
fitness events/activities to earn credits.
At the end of a month and a quarter, individuals and families
successfully completing the necessary events enter a drawing to win Fort
McCoy Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation prizes.
Jobi Spolum, Fort McCoy Marketing director, said authorized personnel
can do the events at Fort McCoy and/or in their home community.
The purpose of the program is to get people to do things together as a
“This is one of the programs we designed to support the Army Family
Covenant,” Spolum said.
The Army Family Covenant helps the installation build a partnership with
families that enhances their strength and resilience.
Master Sgt. Leslie Guttenberg of the 2nd, 411th Logistical Support
Battalion of the 181st Infantry Brigade said participating in the
program helped her children learn that Fort McCoy is not just a place
where she and her husband work, but a community where there are many
events going on.
“As soon as a new schedule comes out my sons are looking at it to see
what’s going on at Fort McCoy and what events they can do,” she said.
“It helps them to keep the initiative to do something.”
The family participated in the 5K (July 4) and Family Fun Day (July 11)
events, which were held at Pine View Recreation Area, she said. Pine
View offers a number of events during the summer season that are
eligible for the Family Connection program.
Guttenberg said her family also earns credits for such things as
attending fitness classes at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122,
or riding a bicycle or walking a dog in their home community.
Master Sgt. Misty Brown of the U.S. Army Reserve Pay Center, which is
located at Fort McCoy, said she and her children first heard about the
program from the Guttenberg family and all the great prizes they were
eligible to win just by competing.
“I asked her how they did it,” Brown said. “Leslie said she just filled
out a Family Connections Card from all the different activities she and
her family completed together.”
“My daughters were in Arkansas at the time so I made a commitment to
start right away,” Brown said. “They came back in August, and when I
told them about the prizes we could win just by exercising (and
attending events) together, they were hooked.”
Her family began walking and jogging at night to get ready for a run in
Whitehall, Wis. The two families competed together and had a lot of fun.
“My daughters also started playing tennis with me,” Brown said.
“Although it can be extremely slow, it’s awesome to see them excited
about fitness. They keep me in check about filling out the card, too. It
More information about the program and eligible events/activities are
available at the MWR Web site
http://www.mccoymwr.com/Index/Event%20Calendar.htm or can be
obtained by calling the Rumpel Fitness Center at 608-388-2290.
People who want to register and pick up the Family Connections Card and
official rules can stop at the Fitness Center during business hours.