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September 14, 2012

News Notes


Team building

Cadets in the Challenge Academy at Fort McCoy traverse the low ropes station at the team-building facility. The event helps teach discipline and build confidence.  

Photo by Rob Schuette

PHOTO: Cadets in the Challenge Academy at Fort McCoy traverse the low ropes station at the team-building facility. Photo by Rob Schuette
Commissary Rewards Card available now at McCoy  [ back to top ]
The Fort McCoy Commissary, building 1537, is among the first to use the new Commissary Rewards Card.
The card now is available in the Fort McCoy Commissary to authorized commissary patrons, and it is being tested in select commissaries worldwide. The card’s rollout to all commissaries comes later this fall.

After picking up a Commissary Rewards Card, patrons can register cards online from a link on the commissary website. Digital coupons then can be downloaded on the spot to the card and redeemed in the commissary.

The free card allows customers to reduce the number of paper coupons they clip and carry — saving them time and money. New offers typically will be posted online every two to three weeks.

Visit the commissary website at https://www.commissaries.com/rewards/index.cfm or call the Fort McCoy Commissary at 608-388-3542 for more information.


Cash-and-carry sale set for Sept. 18, 25 at McCoy  [ back to top ]

A cash-and-carry sale of surplus nonappropriated fund items will be held Tuesdays Sept. 18 and 25 at building 643 at Fort McCoy.

The sale opens at 8 a.m. to Common Access Card holders, military personnel and military retirees with a valid ID, and at 9 a.m. to the general public. The sale ends at noon.

Sale items include furniture, micro-fridges, coffee makers, TVs, and much more.

Items are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, must be paid for by cash or check and must be picked up at the time of purchase.

For more information, call 608-388-4397.


Big Buck Contest at McCoy Sept. 17-Jan. 8  [ back to top ]

A Big Buck Contest will be held from Sept. 17-Jan. 8 at the Fort McCoy Sportsman’s Range. The contest is being held in tandem with the bow and gun hunting seasons. The contest is open to the public.

The entry fee is $5 for Sportsman’s Range members and $10 for non-members. Boone and Crockett Club standards will be used to determine the score of the antlers. More information about the scoring standards is available at http://www.boone-crockett.org/pdf/SC_whitetail_typical.pdf.

Deer entered do not have to be from Fort McCoy but must be registered at Pine View Campground within 48 hours of the kill.
Cash and prizes will be awarded to the top entries Jan. 8.

For more information, call 608-388-3517.


Army Family Advocacy Program briefing offered Sept. 26  [ back to top ]
An Army Family Advocacy Program briefing will be offered Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 9-11 a.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

Army Regulation 608-18 mandates that all commanders and command senior noncommissioned officer advisors receive a Family Advocacy Program briefing within 90 days of assuming command and annually thereafter.

Register by Sept. 19 by calling 608-388-2412.


Protestant Women of the Chapel Bible study begins Oct. 3   [ back to top ]
A Protestant Women of the Chapel Bible study will be held Wednesdays, starting Oct. 3, from 9-11 a.m. at the Religious Support Office (RSO), building 2675. The title of the study is “Seeking Him: Experiencing the Joy of Personal Revival.”

Child care will be available for preschool-aged children.

Registration for the study and child care is Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. at the RSO.

For more information, call Julie Raub at 608-269-0467/804-384-8800 (cell) or Shawn Mosley at 608-366-1349.


Community Bible study offered Wednesdays at South Post  [ back to top ]

A community Bible study will be offered Wednesdays from Oct. 3-Nov. 21 from 6-8 p.m.

The study will be held at South Post Housing 6104 Upton Avenue.

The study is an opportunity to not only enjoy the Bible, but a chance to experience it within a community of believers. A potluck dinner will be held at each meeting.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-3528.


Absentee voters encouraged to mail ballots Sept. 27-Oct. 4  [ back to top ]
The Federal Voting Assistance Program’s Absentee Voting Week is Sept. 27-Oct. 4. During this week absentee voters are encouraged to return their completed ballot immediately upon receiving it or using the back-up Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot.
States and territories begin mailing ballots at least 45 days before an election. Those who have requested an absentee ballot but have not received it can vote by using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot.

More information about absentee voting and federal voting procedures is available at the website www.fvap.gov.

Applications, forms and handouts are available to personnel in the Fort McCoy community through the Voting Assistance Office located in building 2187 or by calling 608-388-4889.


Love & Logic parenting workshop begins Oct. 2   [ back to top ]

A Parenting with Love & Logic workshop will be offered in October at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

Modules 1-3 will be held Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 8:30-11:30 a.m.; modules 3-5, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 8:30-11:30 a.m.; and modules 5-7, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 8 a.m.-noon.

The workshop aims to put the fun back into parenting and helps parents raise children who are self-confident, motivated and ready for the real world. Parents will learn how to establish healthy control without resorting to anger, threats, nagging or exhausting power struggles.

Love & Logic is a philosophy founded in 1977 by Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline, M.D. It is the approach of choice among leading educators, parents, and other professionals worldwide.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-3505. Registration must be completed by Tuesday, Sept. 25.


Facilitator Trainer course set for Oct. 3  [ back to top ]
An Army Family Team Building Facilitator Trainer course will be held Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

Topics include facilitation and the facilitator, facilitating the group, the ABCs of facilitation, and practical application. Participants will be required to give a 15-minute presentation. Register by Friday, Sept. 28 by calling 608-388-3505.


Soldier Show cast, crew applications due Nov. 1  [ back to top ]

Recruitment for the 2013 U.S. Army Soldier Show cast and crew is under way. Applications for performers (vocalists, dancers, musicians and specialty acts) and technicians (lighting, audio, video, costuming and stage) must be received by Army Entertainment by Nov. 1.

Recruitment is open to all Soldiers — active, Reserve and Guard — with sufficient time in service remaining and who can be deployed worldwide. For more information or to submit an application visit the website http://www.armymwr.com/recleisure/entertainment/seeking.aspx.


Exchange Shuttle Program increases selection   [ back to top ]
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is delivering increased selection, savings and service with its Shuttle Program.

To ensure military Families living and working near Fort McCoy enjoy the same selection as those at Scott Air Force Base, for example, merchandise can be shuttled in based on specific customer requests.

Everything from furniture to tactical gear can be transferred through the program, meaning shoppers everywhere are guaranteed the largest-possible selection of competitively-priced goods.

“If you don’t see what you’re looking for, just ask a manager if it can be brought in from another location,” said the Exchange’s General Manager, Steve Ard. “If another nearby Exchange stocks it, chances are we’ll be able to get it to the closest Exchange.”
To use the program, shoppers can go to any Exchange Customer Service area and ask to speak to a manager. After recording the request and checking availability, shoppers will be advised of a projected arrival date.

The Shuttle Program is a free service at all Exchanges, Troop Stores and Expresses around the world.



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