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November 12, 2010

News Notes

McCoy-Sparta partnership

Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser (right) honors the Angelini Family of Sparta — left to right, Kelly, Mario, and Tony — with a plaque of appreciation for their support of Fort McCoy through the Army Community Covenant, including competition in softball tournaments. The presentation occurred at a Garrison staff meeting.
Photo by Rob Schuette


PHOTO: Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser (right) honors the Angelini Family of Sparta. Photo by Rob Schuette
Volunteers sought to monitor new Sportsman’s Range  [ back to top ]

Fort McCoy Outdoor Recreation is seeking Range Safety Officer volunteers to monitor the ranges at the new Sportsman’s Range.

For more information, call the Army Community Service Army Volunteer Corps Coordinator at 608-388-6507.


Family Focus plans Recipe Book, seeks recipe submissions 7   [ back to top ]

Submissions for the Fort McCoy Army Community Service (ACS), Family Focus Recipe Book will be accepted from Dec. 1 – Feb. 28. The completed recipe book will be available March 2011.

Families enrolled in the Family Focus program can submit multiple recipes and can include fun recipes like play dough, happiness, etc.

Submissions must include entrant’s first and last name.

Photos of the recipe being made also will be accepted for inclusion in the book.

Participants will receive 25 Family Focus Franks for every recipe or picture submitted, up to 250.

The Family Focus program is open to all Fort McCoy military personnel, all civilian employees, contract employees, registered volunteers, and Family members.

Recipes can be dropped off at ACS, building 2111 or e-mailed to lorie.retzlaff@us.army.mil.

For more information or to register in the Family Focus program, call 608-388-3505. 


86th Training Division seeks colonel candidates  [ back to top ]
The 86th Training Division, at Fort McCoy, has a Troop Program Unit vacancy for a G3 & G7 Colonel position. The deadline to submit a Vacancy Board Packet is Dec. 2.

Candidates who have successfully completed Battalion Command and Brigade Command training are preferred. Commanders who are War College graduates will be given priority consideration.

The point of contact is Lt. Col. Susan Harrington at 608-388-0920.


Federal health insurance open season under way   [ back to top ]

The 2010 Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Open Season is under way and will continue through Monday, Dec. 13.

FEHB enrollment or changes must be made online at the Army Benefits Center-Civilian (ABC-C) website at https://www.abc.army.mil.

Personnel also can speak to a counselor by calling ABC-C at 877-276-9287.

At Fort McCoy, personnel with FEHB questions or concerns can contact the Fort McCoy Civilian Personnel Advisory Center at 608-388-2722.

A limited number of brochures about FEHB programs are available in building 2187.

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


Flu clinics Nov. 15-18, 23 for McCoy civilian employees  [ back to top ]

Free flu immunizations will be available for Fort McCoy federal civilian employees, tenant organizations and contract employees Nov. 15-18 and 23.

The schedule is:
Nov. 15: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Occupational Health Clinic, building 1679.
Nov. 16: 8:30 a.m.-noon in building 905 as part of the Safety Stand-Down Day.
Nov. 17-18: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each day at the Occupational Health Clinic, building 1679.
Nov. 23: noon-3 p.m. at the Occupational Health Clinic.

No appointments are necessary for these clinics.

Participants should fill out consent forms, which are available on the Fort McCoy Corporate Network, ahead of time and bring them along to help expedite the process, according to Occupational Health Clinic personnel. Forms also will be available on site.

People who can’t make it at these times can make an appointment by calling the Occupational Health Clinic at 608-388-3209/2414.   


Native American Month observance set for 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.


TSP retirement workshop set for Nov. 18  [ back to top ]

A Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Thinking About Retirement Workshop will be held Thursday, Nov. 18 from 8 – 11 a.m. at Army Community Service, building 2111.

The workshop targets TSP investors who plan to retire within 15 years and focuses on investment choices and compositions.

Topics 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.

The workshop is open to the entire Fort McCoy community. For information or to register, call 608-388-3505.


Family Christmas card-making workshop to be held Nov. 20   [ back to top ]

A Family Christmas Card Workshop will be held Saturday, Nov. 20 from 9 – 11:30 a.m. at building 1130.

All supplies needed for Families to create personalized Christmas cards will be provided.

The workshop is open to Families registered in the Family Focus Program. Each Family attending must include a minimum of one adult and one child.

Class size is limited. Register by calling Army Community Service at 608-388-3505.


Military Family Appreciation month observed in November  [ back to top ]
November is Military Family Appreciation Month. In celebration of the month, Fort McCoy is offering specials to military Families.

Army Community Service, building 2111, is offering a free book, “Family Stories: Family Night!” which includes a canvas game board and ideas for quick, fun games. There is a limit of one book per Family.

The Community Activity Center, building 2000, is offering rent one, get one free movie rentals, with a limit of two free rentals per Family.

The Automotive Skills Center, building 1763, is offering rent one hour, get one hour free of bay use, with a limit of four free hours per Family.

McCoy’s, building 1571 is offering a bowl one game, get one free game Sundays after 4 p.m., which includes free shoe rental. Families participating in the bowling special also can purchase a pizza meal special.

A drawing for a Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation goodie bag also will be held. Families can enter at the Community Activity Center.

For more information, call 608-388-7400.


Combined Federal Campaign to continue through Nov. 30  [ back to top ]
Fort McCoy’s 2010 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) continues until Tuesday, Nov. 30.

The CFC offers federal civilians and servicemembers the opportunity to contribute to any of more than 4,000 pre-screened charities.

CFC administrators and volunteers reach potential donors through more than 200 local organizations.

Pledge forms will be available through local coordinators and online at regional CFC websites. Donations are accepted via cash, check, or payroll deduction.

For more information about the campaign, visit the CFC website at: http://www.opm.gov/cfc/.

The Fort McCoy CFC point of contact is Nilda Maisonet, who can be reached at 608-388-4842.


Christmas Tree Lighting to be held Dec. 2 at McCoy’s  [ back to top ]
Fort McCoy’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will take place Thursday, Dec. 2 from 4 – 6 p.m. at McCoy’s, building 1571.

The event will include entertainment by the Fort McCoy Child, Youth and School Services, pictures with Santa, Santa’s Gift Shop, kids’ crafts and activities, and free cookies, hot chocolate and coffee.

The event is open to the public.

For more information, call 608-388-7400.


Resume Writing workshop to be held Dec. 2 at ACS  [ back to top ]
A Resume Writing workshop will be held Thursday, Dec. 2 from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Army Community Service, building 2111.

Participants will learn how to develop a professional and visually appealing resume that communicates experience and value to potential employers.

Registration is requested by 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26. The workshop is open to the entire Fort McCoy community. To register, call 608-388-3505.


Mall of America shopping trip planned for Dec. 4  [ back to top ]
A trip to the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minn. will be held Saturday, Dec. 4 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The coach bus will start loading at 6:45 a.m. at the Community Activity Center, building 2000, and return at approximately 7 p.m.

The cost is $23 per person. Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) will pay for a limited number of seats for eligible BOSS members. At Fort McCoy eligible BOSS members include single Soldiers and Department of Defense (DoD) civilians and geographically separated Soldiers and DoD civilians.

Seats are limited. To sign up, call 608-388-3213 by Nov. 19.


Clothing, food, toy drive under way through Dec. 17  [ back to top ]
A clothing, toy and food drive is underway at Fort McCoy and will continue until Dec. 17.

Donations can include clothing for adults and children, new or gently used toys and non-perishable food items.

All donated items will go to the Family and Children’s Center, the Fort McCoy Veterans Assistance Program and local food shelf programs.

Drop off locations are: Regional Training Center-Central, building 649; 88th Regional Support Command (RSC), building 60; Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122 and the Community Activity Center, building 2000.

The drive is sponsored by the 88th RSC, Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers and the Association of the United States Army.




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