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October 26, 2012

News Notes

Archaeological dig

Simon Payne (digging) and Tyler Olsen (screening) of the Fort McCoy Archaeological program screen soil at a South Post location in an effort to recover artifacts. About 5,000 acres of Fort McCoy is inventoried each year. Priorities are assigned for areas to be inventoried based upon construction projects scheduled for the next year and Army training needs.

Photo by Rob Schuette


PHOTO: Members of the Fort McCoy Archaeological program screen soil. Photo by Rob Schuette
TMC offers limited treatment to military personnel  [ back to top ]
The Troop Medical Clinic (TMC) now is offering all military personnel on active-duty status limited treatment services. The TMC is located in the Health Clinic, building 2669.

The TMC will support daily sick call for acute conditions Monday-Friday from 7-8 a.m., conduct Periodic Health Assessments, and provide HIV blood draws, audiology services and military profiles by appointment.

The TMC does not supersede primary health coverage.

Active-duty status includes personnel from active and reserve components, and Active Guard Reserve from all military services who are on active-duty orders for 30 days or more.

For more information, call the TMC at 608-388-3025.


Flu immunizations available for McCoy federal work force  [ 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 for authorized personnel at the Health Clinic.


No Treats Just Tricks run/walk relay Oct. 31  [ 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.

Post prepares for Combined Federal Campaign  [ back to top ]

Fort McCoy personnel can participate and contribute to the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) from Nov. 1-30. The CFC provides federal employees and servicemembers the opportunity to donate to a pre-screened charitable organization.

It also allows personnel to make a positive impact on the quality of life for military, civilians, and Family members. Last year contributions exceeded $41,800.

Each unit/organization at Fort McCoy that would like to participate should identify a CFC representative who will contact employees, distribute campaign brochures and pledge cards, and coordinate disposition of contributions.

The number of representatives identified should depend on unit/organization strength. Representatives must contact the Fort McCoy campaign chairperson, Nilda Windom, at nilda.windom.civ@mail.mil or at 608-388-4842 by Oct. 30.

Training for the representatives will be conducted Nov. 1 at 10:30 a.m. at building 50, room 125-C. Every effort should be made by each unit/organization representative to attend this training as instructions and materials will be provided.


TSP Retirement workshop offered Nov. 1  [ back to top ]
A Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Retirement workshop will be offered Thursday, Nov. 1 from 8-11:30 a.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

The workshop is targeted to TSP investors who plan to retire within the next 15 years. The focus will be on TSP investment choices and their compositions. Additionally, withdrawal and annuity options for participants, including the transferring of money in and out of the TSP program with other qualified retirement accounts, will be examined.

Topics will include catch-up contribution provisions and Internal Revenue Service rules, TSP withdrawals and loans, TSP annuity options and considerations, and review of retirement planning resources and tools.

Register by Oct. 30 by calling 608-388-3505.


Early Bird specials at Whitetail Ridge Nov.1-Dec. 23  [ back to top ]
Fort McCoy’s Whitetail Ridge Ski Area is offering Early Bird Specials from Nov. 1-Dec. 23 for the 2012-2013 season. Specials include individual/Family season passes, and cross-country and downhill ski equipment rental season passes. Specials also are available to the public.

Whitetail Ridge is open from mid-December through mid-March, weather permitting, and offers downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities.

For more information about pricing or Whitetail Ridge, call 608-388-3517 (local), 1-800-531-4703 (toll free), or visit the website www.mccoymwr.com. Passes can be purchased at the Pine View Campground office, building 8053.


Cabin, duplex specials at Pine View Nov. 1-Dec. 31   [ back to top ]

Fort McCoy’s Pine View Campground will offer a special on cabin or duplex rentals from Nov. 1- Dec. 31.

Guests who rent a cabin or duplex Friday and Saturday night will receive half off Thursday night’s rate.

The campground and specials are available to the public.

Pine View Campground is open year-round and features picnic and playground areas (one handicapped accessible), a recreational equipment checkout center, miniature golf, fishing, paintball and laser tag, recreational shooting/archery range (for authorized personnel) and hiking trails.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 608-388-3517.


Share photos of Army life to win prizes Nov.1-Dec. 19  [ back to top ]
Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) is holding a My Army Life in Photos Contest from Nov. 1-Dec. 19. The contest is a sweepstakes open to all MWR eligible patrons.

Participants will submit photos to the Army Family and MWR Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FamilyMWR that represent Army life in five categories — Army Strong Families, HOOAH Homecomings, Vacation Fun, Patriotic Pets and MWR Moments.

Five weekly $100 prizes from the sponsor, Shutterfly (no federal endorsement is implied), will be given to randomly-selected category winners, and a grand-prize winner will receive a $1,000 gift certificate for a complete digital camera set and have their photo featured in an Installation Management Command, Army MWR branded campaign.

For more information, visit the website www.armymwr.com/photocontest.aspx

Daylight savings ends Nov. 4, turn back clocks one hour  [ back to top ]

Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 a.m. At Fort McCoy, Central Standard Time resumes on this day.

People are encouraged to turn clocks back one hour the evening of Saturday, Nov. 3 in preparation. This also is a good time for people to check the operability of their smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers.

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


My Army Benefits training set for Nov. 5  [ back to top ]
My Army Benefits training will be held Nov. 5 from 8-10 a.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

The training will offer up-to-date benefit information, including how to access state and federal benefits, retirement pay, deployment pay, survivor benefits pay, disability entitlements, and death gratuity entitlements.

Register by Nov. 1 by calling 608-388-3505.


Fort McCoy Fire Station 1 to hold open house Nov. 7  [ back to top ]
Fort McCoy’s Fire Station 1, building 1680, will hold an open house Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Activities will include equipment displays, which will feature the fire department’s new fire engines.

Other presentations will include the Fire Safety House, an obstacle course, and the Fire Safety House. Guests also can try spraying a hose connected to a fire hydrant. A Medlink Helicopter will be on site if schedules and the weather cooperates. Blood pressure screening and a complimentary lunch also will be available.

For more information, about Fort McCoy fire safety/prevention issues, call Curt Ladwig Fort McCoy Fire Department at 608-388-4077.


Veterans Day Prayer luncheon Nov. 8 in building 905  [ 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.


Sponsorship training set for Nov. 13 at ACS  [ back to top ]
Sponsorship training will be held Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 10-11 a.m. at the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, building 2111.

Sponsorship is a commander’s program that assists Soldiers, civilian employees and Families during the reassignment process, and improves unit or organizational cohesion and readiness. Training topics include regulations and forms, program entitlements, types of sponsorship, sponsor responsibilities, commander responsibilities, and e-sponsorship.

For more information or to register, call ACS at 608-388-3505. Register no later than Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Units also may schedule unit sponsorship training by completing the Training Request Form available at www.mccoymwr.com. Requests must be made six weeks in advance.

The Department of Defense online e-Sponsorship Application & Training website at http://apps.militaryonesource.mil/ESAT also offers sponsorship training to include a certificate and links to relocation resources.


Right Arm Night set for Nov. 15 at McCoy’s  [ back to top ]

A Right Arm Night will be held Thursday, Nov. 15 from 4:30-8 p.m. at McCoy’s, building 1571. The event is open to everyone in the Fort McCoy and surrounding communities.

The Right Arm Night is an opportunity for bosses to invite their “right arms” — those who assist them — out for a relaxing night out in a fun atmosphere. The event also is a great way to meet new people from other installation organizations and the local communities.

The event will feature food and beverage specials, door prizes, music, contests, games and camaraderie. The event theme will be Operation: Big Buck, and attendees are encouraged to wear blaze orange and/or camouflage.

For information, call 608-388-2065. 


Army Family Team Building Change is Good workshop set   [ back to top ]
The Army Family Team Building program will offer a Change is Good … You Go First! workshop Thursday, Nov. 15 from 8-10 a.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

Register by Friday, Nov. 9 by calling 608-388-3505.



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