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News Notes

Army Ten-Miler team finishes second  [ back to top ]

The four-member Fort McCoy Army Ten-Miler team finished second in its division at the annual event held Oct. 5 at Washington, D.C.

Misty Brown, Scott Trost, David Donze and Leslie Guttenberg finished in a combined time of 4 hours, 43 minutes and 10 seconds (4:43:10) in the Reserve Mixed Division. Their time was a little more than 4 minutes behind the 4:39:06 posted by the winning team, the Pacific Warriors.

More in-depth coverage will follow in a future The Real McCoy.


Family Readiness Group  [ 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.

Preregistration is requested by calling ACS at (608) 388-3505.

Openings still exist in MOPS, FPU programs  [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Religious Support Office (RSO) program still is accepting registration for the Mothers of Preschool (MOPS) aged children and Financial Peace University (FPU) programs.

The FPU program next meets Tuesday, Oct. 14, and the MOPS program next meets Tuesday, Oct. 21.

Because the programs have set agendas, personnel who want more information or to be considered for registration must call the RSO before the next meetings at (608) 388-3528.


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.


Health Benefits Fair set for Oct. 28   [ back to top ]

The 2008 Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Open Season Health Fair at Fort McCoy is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 28, at building 905, from 8-11:30 a.m.

The 2008 FEHB program open season will run from Monday, Nov. 10 through Monday, Dec. 8. New enrollments or changes in insurance will be effective in January 2009.

Supplemental dental and vision insurance plans again will be offered.

Updates about the health, dental and vision programs can be viewed at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Web site at http://www.opm.gov/insure.

FEHB enrollment or changes must be made online at the Army Benefits Center-Civilian (ABC-C) Web site https://www.abc.army.mil.

Personnel who wish to speak to a counselor at ABC-C should call the toll-free number at (877) 276-9287.

Any federal civilian employee who encounters problems contacting the ABC-C, should speak to their activity’s administrative personnel.

Personnel in the Fort McCoy service area can contact the Fort McCoy Civilian Personnel Advisory Center at (608) 388-5334.


Disability Awareness Month event Oct. 28  [ back to top ]

 The Army Reserve Equal Employment Opportunity Office at Fort McCoy will sponsor a Disability Awareness Month event Tuesday, Oct. 28 at McCoy’s, building 1571.

The event will run from noon-1 p.m. Kris Valest of the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center will be the guest speaker.

Valest will speak about traumatic brain injuries, back injuries and hearing loss.

All three conditions are common medical concerns that have been reported by military personnel who are returning from Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom theaters.

Members of the Fort McCoy community are welcome to attend the event. For more information, call Bob Shinn at (608) 388-3106.


AFTB Level II training event set for Oct. 29    [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Army Community Service (ACS) will offer the Army Family Team Building (AFTB) Know Your People II workshop from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29.

The workshop will be held at ACS, 2111 South 8th Ave., and is open to members of the Fort McCoy community.

Topics will include communications, coaching, meeting and managing group conflict.

The modules are based on concepts discussed at previous workshops.

Registration is requested by Tuesday, Oct. 28. Free child care is available for those registering by Tuesday, Oct. 14.

For more information, call ACS at (608) 388-3505.


Whitetail Ridge to offer Haunted Chalet event   [ back to top ]

The Whitetail Ridge Ski Area chalet will host a free haunted chalet event from 4:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at Fort McCoy.

The event will begin with a bonfire and s’mores, a scarecrow-making contest, a costume contest and a movie.

The Haunted Chalet will be open from 8-9:30 p.m.

The events are open to the public.

For more information, call (608) 388-3517.


DES/DPTMS now separate directorates   [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Directorate of Emergency Services (DES)/Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS) have split into two separate directorates, effective Oct. 1.

Mark Fritsche is the DES director. The organization’s general administrative telephone number is (608) 388-2266, which is the police desk and is manned 24 hours daily, and the general administrative building is 1681.

The DES includes the Public Safety Center, building 1681; the Fire Department, building 1680; the Intrusion Detection System, building 1757; the Vehicle Registration, building 35; and the Airfield Fire Station (Fire Station 2), building 6055.

The phone numbers and building numbers for DES personnel will remain the same.

Bill Kasten is the DPTMS director. The organization’s general administrative telephone number is (608) 388-2203, and the building number is 110.

The organization includes the Training Division, building 110; Management Support Division, building 110; the Plans, Operation and Security Division, building 102; and the Airfield Division, building 6058.

The phone numbers and building numbers for DPTMS personnel will remain the same.

The organizations were formed as part of the final phase of a Standard Garrison Organization transition in accordance with Installation Management Command guidance.


McCoy gets new post Equal Opportunity advisor  [ back to top ]

A new Equal Opportunity (EO) adviser has begun her tour of duty at Fort McCoy.

Sgt. 1st Class Claudia R. Simpson comes to Fort McCoy from the 1st Brigade, 75th Division of Houston. Simpson served as a Senior Human Resources sergeant, who also handled EO duties there.

Simpson has 20 years of military service. She graduated from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute in Florida in August 2005.

Simpson can be contacted at Fort McCoy by calling (608) 388-3246.


'A Different Kind of Courage' video airing  [ back to top ]

"A Different Kind of Courage," a video about mental health and resilience, is running on Fort McCoy TV-6 to highlight issues in depression.

Personnel who are affected by depression also are encouraged to take advantage of the National Depression Screening Day Friday, Oct. 10.

A listing of the sites that are offering screening on Oct. 10, the 18th annual depression screening day, is available at the Web site http://www.MentalHealthScreening.org.

For more information in the Fort McCoy community, call (608) 388-2441.


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