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October 12, 2012

News Notes

Thunder Bowl upgrade

Employees from DFX Sound Vision of New Jersey replace the lights and sound system at the Thunder Bowl Bowling Center, building 1571. The work was part of an extensive renovation to upgrade the area in time for the bowling league season, which began Oct. 1.

Photo by Rob Schuette 

PHOTO: The lights and sound system are replaced at the Thunder Bowl Bowling Center. Photo by Rob Schuette
Flu immunizations available at Health Clinic [ back to top ]
Flu immunizations now are available at the Health Clinic, building 2669, for Fort McCoy garrison Department of Defense civilian employees and tenant organizations. Personnel who would like the immunization are encouraged to visit the clinic as soon as possible.

Walk-ins are accepted Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Organizations that would like to schedule a group appointment can call the Health Clinic at 608-388-3025.

Common Access Cards are required to receive the immunization. The Adult Screening and Immunization Documentation Form must be completed prior to the vaccination. The form is available at the Health Clinic.


Cash-and-carry sales set for Oct. 16, 30 at McCoy  [ back to top ]
Cash-and-carry sales of surplus nonappropriated fund items will be held Tuesdays Oct. 16 and 30 at building 643 at Fort McCoy.

The sales open 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 sales will end 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 about the sales, call 608-388-4397.


Chili Cook-Off Oct. 19 at Community Activity Center  [ back to top ]

A Chili Cook-Off will be held Oct. 19 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Community Activity Center (CAC), building 2000. The competition is open to all CAC-authorized patrons.

Chili must be prepared from raw ingredients (no mixes, etc.) and cooked prior to the competition. Contestants must provide their own heated serving unit and serving utensil. The CAC will provide sample cups, spoons and napkins. One submission per contestant is allowed. Patrons with or without submissions in the competition can participate in the taste-testing and vote for their favorite chili. Prizes will be awarded to the two chili submissions with the most votes.

Register by 10:30 a.m. the day of the event at the CAC.  


Dodgeball tournament at fitness center Oct. 24  [ back to top ]

A five-on-five dodgeball tournament will be held Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

A minimum of five teams is required to hold the tournament. Prizes will be awarded. Teams must register by Oct. 22. There is no entry fee.

Register at the fitness center or by calling 608-388-2290. 


Disability Employment Awareness program Oct. 25 at McCoy’s  [ back to top ]
The Army Reserve Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Office will sponsor a Disability Employment Awareness Month program Thursday, Oct. 25 at McCoy’s, building 1571. The program is open to everyone in the Fort McCoy community.

Lunch will be on your own from 11:30 to noon, with the guest-speaker presentation beginning at noon.

The guest speakers are Commander Charles Gesvain and Adjutant Curtis Gibeaut of the Monroe County Chapter 27, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization. Gesvain and Gibeaut will discuss DAV services designed to assist disabled veterans and their Families, to ensure the benefits they’ve earned are available when needed.

The DAV Wisconsin State Headquarters is located in Green Bay, Wis., and announces the Monroe County Chapter 27 DAV is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. The National DAV Headquarters is in Cincinnati, with Legislative Headquarters in Washington D.C. The DAV focuses strictly on serving veterans and their Families and is a nonpolitical organization, has no political action committees, and endorses no political candidates.

This is a training opportunity. Official time may be allowed to attend when coordinated with supervisors. For more information about this event or if you need special services/accommodations due to a disability, contact the Army Reserve EEO Office at 608-388-3106/3107.


TSP Getting Started workshop set for Oct. 30  [ back to top ]
A Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Getting Started workshop will be offered Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 8-11:30 a.m. at the Army Community Service center, building 2111.

The workshop is designed for beginning investors who are interested in learning how to open a TSP account, make TSP investment choices and develop an investment strategy based upon financial goals and needs.

Workshop topics include general savings and investing concepts, enrolling and logging into the TSP website, setting up contribution allocations, making interfund transfers, navigating the website, and reviewing TSP investment choices and composition. Register by Oct. 26 by calling 608-388-3505.


Safety Day, Health Benefits Fair Oct. 31 at building 905  [ back to top ]

The Installation Safety Office (ISO) will host the Fort McCoy Safety Day in conjunction with the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center’s (CPAC) Health Benefits Fair Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m., at building 905.

Safety Day activities include the Wheel of Safety game, a fireman’s obstacle course, a fire- extinguishing station, Simulated Impaired Driving Experience, THE REF (Transportable High-End Rider Education Facility), vehicle tire inspections, and various information booths to include Operation Lifesaver. For more information, call the ISO at 608-388-3403.

The Health Benefits Fair will feature information from representatives from organizations that provide coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program including Blue Cross Blue Shield, and VSP Vision. For more information, call the CPAC at 608-388-2722.

Food will be available for purchase at the event from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 


Halloween run/walk relay Oct. 31 at fitness center  [ back to top ]
A No Treats Just Tricks one-mile run/walk team relay will be held Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 11:30 a.m. at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

Each member of each three-person team will run/walk one mile of the three-mile race. Participants must wear Halloween costumes to compete. Prizes will be awarded to the running/walking teams with the fastest combined times and for the top-three costumes.

Register online at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/mccoyrectrac.html or by calling 608-388-2290. Registration ends at 11 a.m. the day of the race. There is no registration fee.


First Sergeant Spouse seminar set for Oct. 31  [ back to top ]

An Enlisted Spouse Series: First Sergeant Spouse Seminar will be held Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 8-4 p.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

Spouses of first sergeants who attend will gain information about the Army and the role of first sergeants within it. Options for cultivating roles as the spouse of a first sergeant will be discussed. The goal of the seminar is to help prepare spouses for the challenging and rewarding role of a first sergeant spouse.

To register, call 608-388-3505. Participants must be registered by Oct. 17 


Pre-retirement, ACAP, TAP briefings Nov. 5-8 at McCoy’s  [ back to top ]

Pre-retirement, Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP), and Transition Assistance Program (TAP) briefings will be held Nov. 5-8 at McCoy’s, building 1571.

The pre-retirement portion will be held Nov. 5 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The briefing will cover benefits and issues related to military retirement.

The ACAP portion will be held Nov. 6 from approximately 8-10:30 a.m. The ACAP briefing is mandatory for those who will be retiring or separating from the military.

The TAP portion will be held Nov. 6 from approximately 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and Nov. 7-8 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The briefing will include information about resume writing, interviewing skills, job access and other job-search issues. The briefings are open to servicemembers who will retire or separate within 12 months of the briefings. Spouses are welcome to attend.

For more information or to request a registration form, contact Tom Kunz, ACAP counselor, at 608-388-7941 or by e-mail at thomas.m.kunz.ctr@us.army.mil.
Registration must be received by Oct. 30. 


Veterans Day prayer luncheon Nov. 8 at McCoy’s  [ back to top ]
The Religious Support Office (RSO) will host a Veterans Day prayer luncheon Thursday, Nov. 8 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at building 905.

Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Ret. Cecil R. Richardson, a former Air Force Chief of Chaplains, will be the guest speaker.

A free lunch, compliments of the Chaplain Tithes & Offering Fund, will be offered.

The event is limited to the first 150 people who RSVP.

For more information or to RSVP, call the RSO at 608-388-3528 or e-mail Eve Bean at eve.e.bean.civ@mail.mil


McCoy Fed Ex Ship Store closes, Post Office relocates   [ back to top ]
The Fed Ex Ship Store located in the Shipping Services Center, building 1649, has closed permanently.

The contract U.S. Post Office has moved from the Shipping Services Center to the north end of building 1654. The Post Office is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m., excluding federal holidays.

The Post Office offers regular mail services including the sale of stamps, stamped envelopes, shipping/packing materials, package mailing, money orders, and express, insured, registered and certified mail. The facility is open to the public. Call 608-388-3825.


Fort McCoy preschool has openings [ back to top ]
The Fort McCoy Child Development Center (CDC) has openings for preschool children.

Breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack are provided. Developmentally appropriate activities are available for children.

A sliding fee scale, based on household income, is used to determine rates.

For more information, call Parent Central Services at 608-388-8956 or the CDC at 608-388-2238.


Amnesty Program accepts turn ins at ASP [ back to top ]
The Fort McCoy Ammunition and Explosives (A&E) Amnesty Program accepts turn-ins Monday-Friday from 6 a.m.–3:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m.–2:30 p.m. at the Ammunition Supply Point (ASP), building 9036.

The program is intended to ensure maximum recovery of military A&E items outside the supply system.

For more information, call 608-388-2820.



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