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News Notes

Central Issue Facility closed for semiannual inventory Oct. 26-31   [ back to top ]  
The Fort McCoy Central Issue Facility (CIF), building 2142, will be closed Monday, Oct. 26 through Friday, Oct. 30. The purpose of the closure is to conduct a 100 percent semiannual inventory as mandated by Army regulations.

All emergency requests for CIF support will be approved by the CIF Property Book Officer, Thomas Lovgren, at 608-388-7612 or cell 608- 630-5595.


FEHB open house Oct. 29 in Bldg. 1255   [ back to top ]

The 2009 Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Open Season Health Fair at Fort McCoy is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 29, at building 1255, from 8 a.m.-noon.

Representatives of BlueCross Blue-Shield, Anthem (Dental), Health Partners, Aetna Dental, United Concordia (Visa) and GEHA (Government Employees Health Association) have been invited to attend and to provide literature and to answer questions.

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

The 2009 open season will run from Monday, Nov. 9-Monday, Dec. 14. New enrollments/changes in enrollment will take effect Jan. 3, 2010.

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.

Personnel in the Fort McCoy service area with FEHB concerns can contact the Fort McCoy Civilian Personnel Advisory Center at 608-388-2722.


Halloween events offered Oct. 29-31 at Fort McCoy   [ back to top ]

Three Halloween events are scheduled at Fort McCoy and will run consecutive days, beginning Thursday, Oct. 29.

A Haunted Chalet will be offered at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area from 5-9:30 p.m. Oct. 29. The event is free and open to the public.

Activities will begin at 5 p.m. with a S’mores bonfire. A scarecrow making contest will follow at 5:30 p.m. (bring your own supplies; straw will be provided.)

A costume contest at 6 p.m., and games at 6:15 p.m. follow. A Halloween movie at 7 p.m. will be followed by the Haunted Chalet from 8-9:30 p.m.

For more information, call 608-388-3517 or toll free 800-531-4703.

A Family Halloween Party will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 at the Community Activity Center, building 2000.

Activities will include a witch hat game, ghost busters and costume contest. Snacks and treats will be provided. Attendees must be authorized patrons.

For more information, call 608-388-3213.

McCoy’s, building 1571, will host a Halloween night party from 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Oct. 31.

Activities will include a costume contest, food, extreme bowling, games and dance music. Fees may apply. Attendees must be authorized patrons.

For more information, call 608-388-7060.

More information about Fort McCoy Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) events is available at the Web site http://www.mccoymwr.com or by calling the MWR Event Line at 877-864-4969.


Central Time to return at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1   [ back to top
A time change will occur in the Fort McCoy community Sunday, Nov. 1.

Central Time will begin at 2 a.m. Nov. 1. People are encouraged to turn their clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday, Oct. 31.

It also is a good time to check smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, etc., and make any changes, such as installing new batteries or ensuring they work, to prepare for when they may be needed.

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


Holiday Giving Program seeking nominations for support   [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Religious Support Office (RSO), building 2675, again will coordinate a Chaplain Holiday Giving Program.

It is a Fort McCoy tradition to help families with food vouchers during the Thanksgiving and/or Christmas/Hanukah holiday seasons, said Garrison Chaplain (Col.) Steven Colwell.

Because of generous donations by the Protestant and Catholic chapel congregations, and the work force in prior years, no solicitations will be sought this year.

An Angel Tree program for children’s Christmas/Hanukah gifts also will be coordinated between the RSO and the Post Exchange. A formal memorandum of instruction will be published soon to explain the program.

Supervisors/leaders are requested to nominate military/civilian members (no contractors) of their section to receive the food vouchers, Colwell said. The nomination process will begin Monday, Nov. 2, and, for the Thanksgiving season, will run through Wednesday, Nov. 18.

For more information, call the RSO at 608-388-3528.


Holiday Card Workshop set for Nov. 7   [ back to top
People who are a registered Family Focus Family or registered volunteers are welcome to attend a Holiday Card Workshop Saturday, Nov. 7 at Fort McCoy.

Workshops will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. or 1-3:30 p.m. at 1130 South S. St. Families will work together to design their own personalized holiday cards using rubber stamp art and stickers.

All supplies will be furnished.

Registration is requested by close of business Monday, Nov. 2 by contacting Fort McCoy Army Community Service at 608-388-3505.


Mall of America trip set for Nov. 14   [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program is sponsoring a Mall of America shopping trip Saturday, Nov. 14 for authorized patrons.

A luxury motor coach will load at 6:45 a.m. Nov. 14 at the Community Activity Center, building 2000, and leave at 7 a.m.

Participants will spend about six hours at the Mall of America before leaving at 4 p.m. The bus is expected to return to Fort McCoy at about 7 p.m.

Registration is required by Thursday, Nov. 5. Cost is $20 per person.

For questions or more information, call the CAC at 608-388-3213.


Recreational equipment to be for sale at Nov. 15 event   [ back to top ]

People in the market to sell or buy used or excess recreational equipment are welcome to attend a Recreation Equipment Swap Meet from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15 at the Fort McCoy Whitetail Ridge Ski Area. The event is open to the public.

Everyone who wants to sell recreation items will need to complete a vendor registration form and pay $2 per table.

Items for sale may include sporting equipment and clothing, fitness equipment, hunting equipment and clothing, campers and recreational vehicles, camping and backpacking gear, children’s sporting equipment and clothing and other equipment, such as pool, darts, games, etc.

For more information, call 608-388-3200.

Bulletin to change publishing schedule, available only online   [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Weekly Bulletin has been renamed the Fort McCoy Bulletin. The Bulletin will be available twice a month and will no longer be available in hard copy.

The changes took effect earlier this month. The Fort McCoy Bulletin will be posted the first and third Thursdays of a month at the Fort McCoy Corporate Network at https://corporate.mccoy.army.mil/BulletinBoard/index.asp and on the Fort McCoy Extranet at https://extranet.mccoy.army.mil/AKO/Bulletin/index.asp?field=n.

Only authorized users can access the Fort McCoy Corporate Network. Personnel with an Army Knowledge Online account can access the Fort McCoy Extranet through the public Web site.

The Fort McCoy Bulletin will include an official and unofficial category. No personal for sale, for rent, or for giveaway advertisements or announcements will be accepted.

Authorized personnel can e-mail articles with the subject line of BULLETIN to usarmy.mccoy.imcom-northeast.mail.dhr-pubs@mail.mil  for consideration. For more information, call 608-388-4141.


Personnel should avoid contact with any UXO at Fort McCoy   [ back to top ]
Anyone who is out in the training areas at Fort McCoy, including hunters at this time of year, should know what to do if they encounter unexploded ordnance (UXO) at Fort McCoy.

Terry Hoff, Fort McCoy Range Officer for the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS), said the most important rule is not to attempt to touch, move, or remove the UXO under any circumstances.

If personnel are not sure what an object is, treat it as if it is UXO, he said.

During the heavy foot traffic of the fall hunting seasons, the opportunities for personnel to encounter UXO increase. Often, the UXO may be unstable because of being exposed to the various elements at Fort McCoy, including the freeze-thaw cycle, and can be dangerous if handled or moved, he said.

Anyone encountering UXO at Fort McCoy should immediately call the DPTMS Radio Room at 608-388-4848 to report the location of the UXO. Units training at Fort McCoy that encounter UXO also can contact the Radio Room through the assigned Range Control radio frequencies.

DPTMS personnel will respond and mark the locations of the UXO sites with red danger tape. Anyone encountering a marked UXO site should avoid the location.

Members of the 763d Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., currently respond to and clear the UXO when a predetermined threshold is reached.

If personnel encountering UXO believe it is an emergency situation, they should call 911.


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