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November 09, 2012

News Notes

RIA Federal Credit Union move preparation

Employees from Asbesbegon Services LLC of Rochester, Minn., mitigate asbestos and help prepare building 1501 for renovations. The building will be the new location for RIA Federal Credit Union, with the move expected to occur later this year or early next year.

Photo by Rob Schuette


PHOTO: Building 1501 is being prepared for renovations. Photo by Rob Schuette
Combined Federal Campaign continues through Nov. 30  [ back to top ]
The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) at Fort McCoy is under way until Friday, Nov. 30. This year’s campaign theme is “Give a Little, HELP A LOT!”

The CFC is the world’s largest and most- successful annual workplace charity campaign, with more than 200 CFC campaigns conducted throughout the country and internationally to help raise millions of dollars each year. The CFC is the only authorized workplace fund drive in the federal work force and has been in operation since 1961.

Year after year, federal workers and military personnel have answered the call in support of the CFC.

On average, one in four federal employees or their dependents have benefited from the CFC charities, according to CFC officials.
Pledges made by federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.

Campaign brochures and pledge cards are available through CFC representatives assigned to each organization.
For more information, call the Fort McCoy CFC chairperson, Nilda Windom, at 608-388-4842 or e-mail nilda.windom.civ@mail.mil.

(Information provided by the Fort McCoy Directorate of Human Resources.)


ACS offers goody bag to military Families in November  [ back to top ]
November is Military Family Appreciation Month. In celebration of the month, Army Community Service (ACS) will offer a goody bag for military Families in the Fort McCoy community.

The bags can be picked up at the ACS Center, building 2111, until Nov. 30 or while supplies last.

For more information, call 608-388-3505.


Fitness center offers new classes for patrons of all fitness levels  [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122, has introduced several new classes for all levels of fitness.

The fitness center is open to authorized patrons only — military servicemembers, Department of Defense civilians, Fort McCoy contractors.

Cardio Kick is held Mondays from 4:30- 5 p.m. The introductory class consists of basic kickboxing moves set to music.

Fat Burner Express is held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-6 a.m. The class provides a total body workout to burn fat and tone muscles.

Cardioga is held Wednesdays from 4:30-5 p.m. The moderate-intensity class consists of a sequence of one-minute cardio exercises followed by deep yoga poses.

For more information, call 608-388-2290 or for a complete class schedule, visit the fitness center.


McCoy offices, facilities post Thanksgiving schedule   [ back to top ]

Most offices and facilities at Fort McCoy will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22 and may still be closed Friday, Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving.

Anyone planning to use facilities or visit offices is encouraged to call ahead of time to verify hours.

Among the known closures these days are the Military Personnel Division and ID Card office, both located in building 2187, and the Army Substance Abuse Program, building 1344.

Most offices and facilities will resume normal operating hours Monday, Nov. 26.


November Commander’s Call cancelled, next event Dec. 12  [ back to top ]
The November Garrison Commander’s Call has been cancelled.

The next commander’s call is Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 4-6:30 p.m. at McCoy’s, building 1571. The event is open to all tenants and directorates, military ranks and civilians.

The event provides an opportunity for members of the Fort McCoy community and Garrison Command Group to come together in an atmosphere of camaraderie, good fellowship, and social rapport.

It allows time for members to network, share issues, or to get acquainted with other associates.


Right Arm Night to bring McCoy, communities together  [ 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.


Commissary to be open Mondays Nov. 19, Dec. 24  [ back to top ]
The Fort McCoy Commissary, building 1537, will have adjusted hours during the holiday season.

The commissary will be open Monday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 24 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Commissary is closed all other Mondays throughout the year. A One-Day sale will be offered Nov. 19; deals will be found throughout the store.

The Commissary will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22; Friday, Nov. 23; and Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25.

For more information, call 608-388-3542 or visit the website www.commissaries.com.


Nonappropriated fund items for sale Nov. 20, 27 at Fort McCoy [ back to top ]
Cash-and-carry sales of surplus nonappropriated fund items will be held Tuesdays Nov. 20 and 27 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.


Family Advocacy Program briefing offered Nov. 28  [ back to top ]
An Army Family Advocacy Program briefing will be offered Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 9-11 a.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

The briefing is required for all commanders and command senior noncommissioned officer advisors within 90 days of assuming command and annually thereafter according to Army Regulation 608-18.

Register by Nov. 21 by calling 608-388-2412.


Tree Lighting event set for Nov. 29 at McCoy’s  [ back to top ]

Fort McCoy’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting event will be held Thursday, Nov. 29 at 4 p.m. at McCoy’s, building 1571. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will feature carols sung by Fort McCoy Child, Youth and School Services children, crafts and activities for children, Santa’s Gift Shop, pictures with Santa, live reindeer, and free cookies and hot chocolate.

For more information, call 608-388-7400. 


Ski area, campground offer special rates on passes, rentals  [ back to top ]
Fort McCoy’s Whitetail Ridge Ski Area and Pine View Campground are offering specials on season passes and equipment and lodging rentals.

Both recreation areas and specials are available to the public.

The ski area is offering Early Bird Specials until Dec. 23 for the 2012-2013 season. Specials include individual/Family facility use season passes, and cross-country and downhill ski equipment rental season passes. Passes can be purchased at the Pine View Campground office, building 8053.

The campground will offer guests who rent a cabin or duplex Friday and Saturday night half off Thursday night’s rate until Dec. 31. Reservations must be made by phone to receive the special rate.

For more information or to make a campground reservation, call 608-388-3517 (local), 1-800-531-4703 (toll free), or visit the website www.mccoymwr.com.


Native American Month observance set for Nov. 27  [ back to top ]

A Native American Month observance will be held Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at McCoy’s, building 1571.

The guest-speaker presentation begins at noon.

For more information, call the Fort McCoy Equal Opportunity Adviser at 608-388-3246


Families can give a gift, create memories during workshop  [ back to top ]

Two Give a Gift – Create a Memory workshops will be held Saturdays, Dec. 1 or Dec. 8 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

Families in the Fort McCoy community may participate.

Participants will work together to create a patriotic wall hanging to give to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tomah. The workshop will give parents an opportunity to instill the joy of giving in their children while creating Family memories.

A minimum of one adult and one child per Family is required to register.

Register by Nov. 27 by calling 608-388-3505. 


Limited laundry facilities available to Soldiers training at McCoy  [ back to top ]
Fort McCoy currently has a limited number of laundry facilities in operation.

The facilities located in buildings 651, 1671 and 2568, will be open during the winter season. All other laundry facilities are closed for the season.

The laundry facilities are available exclusively for Soldiers training at Fort McCoy pursuant to military orders.

Civilians and retired military are not authorized to use the facilities.

For more information call the Troop and Installation Support Branch at 608-388-3800.


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