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News Notes

Commemorative Area open to public 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.

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

For more information, call 608-388-2407.


Chapel sets Sept. 11 memorial service   [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Religious Support Office (RSO) will hold a memorial service marking the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attack at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11 in Chapel 1, building 2672.

For more information, call the RSO at 608-388-3528.


Supermarket of Veterans Benefits set for Sept. 11  [ back to top ]

A Supermarket of Veterans Benefits will be held at the Wisconsin Military Academy, building 90, at Fort McCoy Friday, Sept. 11.

The event will run from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and is open to eligible veterans, as well as family members of veterans and deployed servicemembers, The event is held in conjunction with Retiree Appreciation Day.

For more information, call County Veterans Service Officers, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs at 800-WIS-VETS (800-947-8387) or visit the Web site http://www.WisVets.com.


Tomah VAMC event Sept. 18    [ back to top ]
A program in honor of former prisoners of war and those missing in action will be held in the Chapel at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Tomah Friday, Sept. 18 at 1p.m. The event is open to the public.

Wisconsin native Kevin Hermening will be the guest speaker. In 1979, Hermening was a 20-year-old U.S. Marine guarding the U.S. Embassy when he and 51 other United States citizens were taken hostage and held for 444 days.


Commissary to hold case-lot sale Sept. 18-19  [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Commissary, building 1537, will hold a case-lot sale Friday, Sept. 18 and Saturday, Sept. 19 for authorized military patrons.

The sale will run from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. both days. Items can be viewed and paid for at the Commissary and picked up at the warehouse, building 2454.

Items also will be on sale throughout the store.

For more information, call 608-388-3542.


McCoy Day for Kids event to be held Sept. 19   [ back to top ]
The Fort McCoy Day for Kids event will be held from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19.

For more information, call 608-388-3505 or 608-388-2238.


Employment Interviewing workshop to be held at Army Community Service   [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Army Community Service (ACS) Spouse Employment Program is sponsoring an Employment Interviewing Workshop from 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, Sept. 24 at 2111 South 8th Avenue.

People attending the workshop will learn to anticipate commonly asked questions and prepare responses that impress future employers. Participants will demonstrate the link between their talents and an organization’s needs and effectively convey their skills, achievements and potential.

Attendees also will learn to ask appropriate questions during the interview and non-verbally communicate the qualities that employers seek.

The workshop is open to all in the Fort McCoy community. However, priority placement is reserved for military spouses who apply by the registration deadline.

Registration is requested no later than close of business Monday, Sept. 21 by calling ACS at 608-388-3505.


Outdoor Recreation to host 10-mile bicycle ride Sept. 26   [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Outdoor Recreation Department will host a 10-mile bicycle race, which begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Pine View Recreation Area.

The event is open to the public and will have a $10 entry fee. Bicycles can be rented for $5. Helmets must be worn when riding bicycles at Fort McCoy.

To promote a healthy environment, recyclable items will be collected and participants will receive tree saplings.

The top male and female finisher will receive awards.

To register or for more information, call the Rumpel Fitness Center at 608-388-2290 or Pine View at 608-388-3517.


Rear Detachment training set for Sept. 28-29 at ACS  [ back to top ]

Rear Detachment Commander Training will be offered by Fort McCoy’s Army Community Service (ACS) Monday, Sept. 28 and Tuesday, Sept. 29 at ACS, 2111 South 8th Ave.

Classes will run from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 28 and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Topics will include: ACS Overview, Family Readiness Group Leadership, Legal, Finance, Operational Security, Trauma in the Unit, Building a Resource Library, Overview of Army Regulation 608-1, TRICARE, Volunteer Management, Casualty Response Team, and Real Life Scenarios.

Registration is requested by Friday, Sept. 25 by calling 608-388-3505.


TV6: 'Keeping the Promise'  [ back to top ]
POW/MIA Graphic

In support of POW/MIA Recognition Day, Fort McCoy’s Command Access Channel — Channel 6 on the post cable television system — will be airing the video “Keeping the Promise” throughout September.

“Keeping the Promise” focuses on personnel accounting and personnel recovery operations.

Check the TV6 schedule on the Fort McCoy Corporate Network or Extranet for specific show times.


Hispanic Heritage Month observance set for Oct. 1  [ back to top ]
Fort McCoy will hold a Hispanic Heritage Month observance from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 at McCoy’s, building 1571.

The guest speakers for the event are Raquel Paraíso, Enrique Rueda, and Francisco López. Together they form the group Cuicani.

The members of Cuicani are deeply committed to their Latin American heritage and to promoting an awareness of Latin American peoples and cultures through their music and presentations.

The three members of Cuicani play a variety of instruments. Paraíso (from Spain) was trained as a classical musician; and plays the siku, mandolin, violin, and percussion. Rueda (from Colombia) is both a talented musician and a sound sculpture artist. He plays quena, quenacho, and percussion. López (from Mexico), the founding member of the group, plays guitar, charango, and siku.

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept. 15-Oct. 15. For more information about the event, call the Fort McCoy Equal Opportunity Adviser at 608-388-3246.


Army Family Team Building training to be offered by ACS  [ back to top ]
Fort McCoy’s Army Community Service (ACS) will offer Army Family Team Building instructor training Tuesday, Oct. 6 through Thursday, Oct. 8.

Classes will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.

Topics include: The Adult Learner, Classroom Management, Speaking on Your Feet, Instructor Roles and Skills, and Group Dynamics.

For more information or to register, contact ACS at 608-388-3505.


ChalleNGe Academy to host American Red Cross blood drive  [ back to top ]
The Fort McCoy ChalleNGe Academy will host an American Red Cross blood drive in building 751 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9.

Anyone who is eligible to donate blood may participate in the drive.

For an appointment, call 608-269-9000, visit http://www.givebloodgivelife.org or call 800-GIVE-LIFE.


Small-game, archery season permits available on ALIS  [ back to top ]
Hunters interested in the Fort McCoy archery or small game hunting seasons can purchase their permits through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Automated License Issuance System (ALIS).

The Fort McCoy archery season starts Sept. 12 and will continue through the end of December.

The Fort McCoy small game season is under way and will run through Feb. 28.

Hunters can purchase these permits at any authorized ALIS agent including the Fort McCoy Post Exchange and Pine View Campground. Archery and small game permits are not sold at the Fort McCoy Permit Sales Office. Hunting regulations are available at the Main Gate Welcome Center and the Permit Sales Office, building 2168.

For more information in the Fort McCoy community, call the Permit Sales Office at 608-388-3337.


Department of Defense has new home page  [ back to top ]
The Department of Defense (DoD) launched a new home page, http://www.Defense.gov, designed to invite participation from the public and make military news and information more accessible.

The new Web site will provide quick access to those sites that are most sought by Web site visitors, including DoD social media sites, the Pentagon Channel and DoD news stories.

Prominent on the new home page is a new “We Want to Hear From You” feature that will give users the opportunity to ask questions of Defense Department leaders, vote on policy issues they want explained, and explore frequently asked questions and answers.

The new site, http://www.Defense.gov, replaces http://www.DefenseLink.mil as the department’s main Internet entry portal.

DefenseLink will remain a news Web site and may be accessed from at the site http://www.defense.gov.

(From American Forces Press Service.)


McCoy fire chief selected to represent Army on federal board  [ back to top ]
The Fort McCoy fire chief has been elected to serve a two-year term as the Department of the Army representative for the Federal and Military Fire Services Section Board of Directors of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

Dave Biondi, Fort McCoy fire chief, said the mission of the Federal and Military Fire Services Section is to promote and support regulations and legislation that will result in greater safety to life and property and for better and safer working conditions for fire and emergency services personnel.

The organization works to provide federal and military fire and emergency services personnel with state-of-the-art technology, training, education and information to reduce the loss of life and property for fire safety hazards in communities. The board meets quarterly.

The U.S. Army has 125 major fire departments with more than 3,700 personnel worldwide.

The departments provide building, aircraft, vehicle, wild land, hazardous materials and emergency medical services and protection to military and civilian personnel and their families.


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