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October 22, 2010

News Notes

New training site

Employees from Alacran Contracting LLC of Rockford, Ill., are constructing a hotel structure as part of a Combined Arms Collective Training Facility at Fort McCoy’s South Post. The facility will have 25 buildings and related infrastructure, which will train Soldiers and servicemembers on urban combat tactics.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)


PHOTO: Employees from Alacran Contracting LLC of Rockford, Ill., are constructing a hotel structure as part of a Combined Arms Collective Training Facility at Fort McCoy’s South Post. Photo by Rob Schuette
Health Benefits Fair set for Oct. 26 at Fort McCoy  [ back to top ]

The 2010 Health Benefits Fair at Fort McCoy will be held from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26 at building 1255.

Representatives from several organizations that provide coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, including BlueCross and BlueShield, are scheduled to be present and answer questions and provide hardcopy material.

The event is hosted by the Fort McCoy Civilian Personnel Advisory Center. For information, call 608-388-2722. 


Pen-turning class to teach basic skills Oct. 27   [ back to top ]

A pen-turning class will be held Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 6-8 p.m. in building 1132.

Participants will learn the basic skills needed to make a pen. The registration fee is $10 and covers the cost of materials and shop time.

To register, call Frank Paronish at 608-388-4985. Class size is limited. 


Halloween Party Oct. 28 at Community Activity Center  [ back to top ]

A Halloween Party will be held Thursday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. at the Community Activity Center, building 2000.

Games and activities include a candy corn guessing contest, black cat hunt, pin the nose on the witch, feed the monster, and pumpkin crafts. A contest for cutest, scariest and most original costume also will be held. Refreshments will be provided.

Authorized Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation personnel of all ages are welcome to attend the event.

For more information, call 608-388-3213.


Baby-sitting class to be held Oct. 28-29 at Parent Central Services   [ back to top ]

A baby-sitting class will be offered Oct. 28-29 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Fort McCoy Parent Central Services, building 1747, for youth at least 12 years old.

The free class will teach infant/child CPR and first aid, ages a stages, principles of discipline, nutrition, entertaining children, diapering, safety, the business of baby sitting and much more.

Role playing, experiential learning and the baby-sitters’ “magic bag” are components of the class.

To register, call Parent Central Services at 608-388-8956. Space for the class is limited. 


DFAS announces Fort McCoy class schedule for November  [ back to top ]

Classes will be offered by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service Lead Defense Travel Administrator (DTA) at Fort McCoy in November at the Army Reserve Readiness Training Center, building 50.

The class schedule is:
Nov. 1 – Cancellation Procedures, 9 – 11 a.m.; Itinerary Adjustments, noon – 2 p.m.
Nov. 3 and 4 – Defense Travel System (DTS) Temporary Duty Documents, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Nov. 16 – Approval Processes, 8 - 11 a.m.; Travel Policy, noon – 2 p.m.
Nov. 18 – DTA Maintenance Tool Overview, 9 - 11 a.m.; DTA Maintenance Tool People, noon – 2 p.m.
Nov. 22 – DTS Basics, 8 – 11 a.m.; Constructed Travel, noon-2 p.m.

Classes are open to military and Department of Defense civilian personnel. Registration is required no later than five days before the class start date. Class sizes are limited.

To register, e-mail name, unit, phone number, and class to maryjo.stremcha@us.army.mil. For more information, call 608-388-6299.


Central Standard Time begins at 2 a.m. Nov. 7  [ back to top ]

Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 7 at 2 a.m. At Fort McCoy, Central Standard Time begins on this day.

People are encouraged to turn their clocks back one hour the evening of Saturday, Nov. 6.

This also is a good time to check the operability of smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers.

For more information about fire safety in the Fort McCoy community, call 608-388-4077.   


Virtual Family Readiness Group training set for Nov. 8 at ACS  [ back to top ]
Virtual Family Readiness Group (vFRG) training will be held Monday, Nov. 8 from 8-10 a.m. at Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111.

The training is designed to show users the benefits of vFRGs along with the many options, objectives, features and subscription process of belonging to a unit’s Family Readiness Group.

Users will learn how to take advantage of the many tools associated with the program.

For more information or to register by Nov. 4, call ACS at 608-388-3505.


Native American Heritage Month observance Nov. 15  [ back to top ]

A Native American Heritage Month observance will be held Nov. 15 at McCoy’s, building 1571.

The program will run from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., with a guest speaker presentation beginning at noon.

The guest speakers will be: Kelly Hamilton, Director of the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Museum Archaeology Program, and Beth Lemke, Museum Educator of Wisconsin Historical Museum.

The program will allow participants to discover how the Wisconsin Historical Museum works with Native American Nations and Tribes to study and preserve their Wisconsin history.

The Fort McCoy Equal Opportunity (EO) Office will host the observance.

For more information about ethnic events in the Fort McCoy community, call the Fort McCoy EO adviser at 608-388-3246.


Thrift Savings Plan workshop set for Nov. 16 at Fort McCoy   [ back to top ]

A Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Getting Started Workshop will be held Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 1 – 4 p.m. at Army Community Service, building 2111.

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

Topics covered include general savings and investing concepts, setting up contribution allocations, making interfund transfers, navigating the website, and review of TSP investment choices and composition.

The workshop is open to the entire Fort McCoy community. Priority placement is given to military spouses who apply by the registration date.

Register by Monday, Nov. 8 by calling 608-388-3505.


Family Advocacy Group meets 4th Wednesday of the month  [ back to top ]
An Army Family Advocacy & Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Program Briefing for new commanders and senior noncommissioned officers (NCOs) will be held the fourth Wednesday of each month from 9 – 11:30 a.m. at Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111.

Army Regulations 608-18 and 600-20 mandate all commanders and senior NCOs receive the brief within 45 days of assumption of command.
Registration must be made no later than the Monday prior to the training. To register, call ACS at 608-388-3505.


BOSS members can take online assessment  [ back to top ]
A Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers (BOSS) assessment now is available online at http://www.boss.armymwr.com.
The assessment allows authorized BOSS members to share ideas on how to improve the core components of the organization — quality of life, community service and recreation and leisure.

At Fort McCoy authorized personnel include single Soldiers and civilians and geographically separated Soldiers and civilians.
For more information about the organization, call 608-388-3944.


DOL seeking customer input for services provided  [ back to top ]
Customers who need information about or have complaints about logistics functions at Fort McCoy have several options to contact for assistance.

Quality Surveillance monitors the quality of services provided by contract, such as: motor pool, freight, personnel and unit movement to include Arrival/Departure Airfield Control Group and containers, personal property, supply, ammunition, Central Issue Facility, Troop Installation Support Branch, food service, military unit inprocessing center, maintenance, etc.

For services provided by the Fort McCoy Directorate of Logistics (DOL), contact Quality Surveillance at 608-388-4062 or e-mail usarmy.mccoy.imcom-northeast.list.dol-customer-comments@mail.mil.

For problems obtaining food service or for further assistance, contact the Fort McCoy Food Service team at 608-388-FOOD (3663).

Customers also may complete a Diner Comment Card located in all the dining facilities or at http://ice.disa.mil.

Customers are encouraged to notify DOL if they are satisfied or dissatisfied with the service they received at Fort McCoy.

If customers believe they have received service deserving recognition, they also are encouraged to submit those comments to DOL personnel.




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