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News Notes

Red Cross blood drive set for Oct. 3 at McCoy  [ back to top ]

An American Red Cross ChalleNGe Academy blood drive will be held Friday, Oct. 3 at building 751 at Fort McCoy.

The blood drive will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Donors must be at least 17-years-old (16 with parents’ consent in Wisconsin and Iowa) and weigh at least 110 pounds.

Appointments can be made by going to the Web site http://www.givebloodgivelife.org or by calling the ChalleNGe Academy at (608) 269-9000.

Family Readiness Group classes Oct. 17-18   [ back to top ]

 Family Readiness Group (FRG) leader training will be held Friday, Oct. 17 and Saturday, Oct. 18 at Army Community Service (ACS) 2111 South 8th Ave.

Sessions will run from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. both days.

Topics will include: Building and Running Your FRG, ACS Overview, TRICARE, Legal, Finance, Volunteer Management, Battle Mind Training, Working With Families, Real Life Scenarios, and Building a Resource Library.

Registration is requested by Friday, Oct. 10 by calling ACS at (608) 388-3505.


Family Calendar Workshop Oct. 18  [ back to top ]

Army Community Service (ACS) will host a Family Calendar Workshop session from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 18, to help families in the Fort McCoy community make 2009 calendars.

The Family Focus program event will run from 9 am.-1 p.m. at 2111 South 8th Ave.

Parents and children are requested to bring their own photos.

All supplies will be provided. Class size will be limited.

The workshop will give parents and children an opportunity to increase their interactive skills while having a good time accomplishing a goal.

Registration can be made by calling ACS at (608) 388-3505 by Friday, Oct. 10.


ACS to hold TSP workshop Oct. 23    [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Army Community Service (ACS) Financial Readiness Program is offering a workshop Thursday, Oct. 23 to help employees understand and manage their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) accounts.

The workshop will run from 9 a.m.-noon at ACS 2111 South 8th Ave.

Information will be presented about Life Cycle funds, TSP and Individual Retirement Account investment maximums and investment performance to ensure sufficient funds in retirement.

Registration is requested by Friday, Oct. 17, and can be made by calling (608) 388-3505.


Rear Detachment courses set for Oct. 27-28  [ back to top ]

Rear Detachment Commander training will be held Monday, Oct. 27 and Tuesday, Oct. 28 at Army Community Service (ACS), 2111 South 8th Ave. Both sessions will run from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Topics include ACS Overview, Army Family Team Building Level III modules, Legal, Finance, Operational Security, Trauma in the Unit, Building a Resource Library, TRICARE, Battle Mind Training, Working with Families and Real Life Scenarios.

Registration is requested by Friday, Oct. 24 by calling (608) 388-3505.


Job Search-Interviewing Workshop Nov. 13    [ back to top ]

The Job Search-Interviewing Workshop is set for 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, Nov. 13 at Army Community Service (ACS) 2111 South 8th Ave.

The event is sponsored by the ACS Spouse Employment Program and priority will be given to military spouses.

Kathleen Olson, an employment and training specialist, will present the workshop.

Among the topics she will present are: identifying and demonstrating the key characteristics employers are looking for; understanding communications through important messages to others; developing a 60-second "commercial" to sell your experience and qualifications; anticipating interview questions and developing powerful responses; learning to ask the right questions to determine if this is the most suitable job and setting; and closing the interview and following through for success.

Seating is limited.

Registration is requested by Friday, Nov. 7 by calling ACS at (608) 388-3505.


Family Holiday Cards Workshop Nov. 15   [ back to top ]

A Family Holiday Card Workshop will be held Saturday, Nov. 15 at building 1130 South S. Street at Fort McCoy.

All supplies will be furnished.

The sessions will run from 9-11:30 a.m. or 1-3:30 p.m. Registration is requested by Friday, Nov. 7 by calling Army Community Service at (608) 388-3505.


Gridiron Challenge seeks NFL predictions   [ back to top ]

The Gridiron Challenge for the National Football League (NFL) is running for another season at Fort McCoy.

Entry forms are available at McCoy’s, building 1571, and the Community Activity Center, building 2000. Eligible personnel must be 18 years old and a military, Department of Defense civilian or contractor identification card holder.

Weekly prizes will be awarded. Entry forms must be submitted by the close of business the night before the first NFL game of the week.

All qualified weekly winners will be eligible for the grand-prize drawing, which will be conducted at McCoy’s on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009.

For more information, call the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Events Line at (877) 864-4969.


Pine View announces fishing contest winners  [ back to top ]

Winners have been announced for the 2008 Fort McCoy Pine View Recreation Area fishing contest.

Four categories were open to the competition, with prizes awarded by weight and length being used to break any ties. First-place finishers received a $50 gift certificate from Gander Mountain, and second-place finishers received a $25 gift certificate from Gander Mountain. No federal endorsement is implied.

The results were:

Large mouth bass: 1) Otto Peterson, 6.1 pounds, 23 inches; 2) Kyle Spivey, 1.9 pounds, 14 inches.

Blue gill: 1) Pete Calhoun, 13 ounces, 9.75 inches; 2) Robert Bertzyk, 13 ounces, 9.125 inches.

Crappie: 1) Gene Zahrte, 1 pound, 5 ounces, 14.25 inches; 2) William Kapas, 14 ounces, 11.75 inches.

Rainbow trout: 1) Tom Walgren, 3 pounds, 3 ounces, 19 inches; 2) Tyler Wolosek, 2 pounds, 14 ounces, 19.75 inches.

For more information about recreational programs at Pine View, call (608) 388-3517/2619 or visit the Web site http://www.mccoymwr.com and click on Pine View Recreation Area.


Movie 'Fort McCoy' filmed at installation  [ back to top ]

Scenes for the upcoming movie "Fort McCoy" were shot on location at the installation in mid-September.

The Hollywood film company, Marzipan Entertainment, also has been shooting scenes at various locations in the area. The movie is based on a true story written by writer/producer Kate Connor, which presents the lives of her grandmother’s family who lived next to Camp McCoy in the 1940s during World War II.

The script tells about the interactions of the family with German and Japanese prisoners of war. It is part love story, part coming-of-age story and part drama.

Actors appearing in the film include Eric Stoltz (Pulp Fiction, Mask), Camryn Manheim (Ghost Whisperer, The Practice), Seymour Cassel (White Fang, ER), Brendan Fehr (CSI: Miami), and Lyndsy Fonseca (Desperate Housewives, The Young & the Restless).

The independent film is scheduled to be marketed next year, with a special showing planned for the 100th anniversary of Fort McCoy in the summer of 2009.


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