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November 23, 2012

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Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Steven W. Nott reads to third- to fifth-graders at St. Patrick’s School in Sparta, Wis., to support the Army Community Covenant. The name of the book was Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot by Margot Theis Raven. The youth also did a project of assembling candy parachutes and eating the candy, just like in the book, which is about retired Col. Gail S. Halverson, who was part of the Berlin Air Lift in the late 1940s. The youth all wrote letters to Halverson, who is 92 years old and living in Utah.  

Contributed photo

PHOTO: Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Steven W. Nott reads to students. Contributed photo
FEHB Open Season under way until Dec. 10  [ back to top ]
The Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) Open Season is under way and continues until Monday, Dec. 10.

Open Season allows federal employees to ensure they have the right health, dental or vision insurance coverage for themselves and their Families.

It also is time to consider the money that can be saved on out-of-pocket medical and dependent-care expenses for 2013.

FEHB enrollment or changes must be made online at the Army Benefits Center-Civilian (ABC-C) website at 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.

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


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.

The guest speakers for the event are Alan J. Caldwell and Dennis Kenote. Caldwell and Kenote are enrolled members of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin and members of the Veterans of the Menominee Nation.

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


Tree Lighting celebration 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.


McCoy’s closed Saturdays, Sundays   [ back to top ]
McCoy’s, building 1571, is closed Saturdays and Sundays until further notice. The facility still can be reserved on weekends for catered events, large groups and bowling parties.

McCoy’s houses McCoy’s Sports Bar, Primo’s Express, and Thunder Bowl Bowling Center.

For more information or to schedule a private party, call 608-388-2065.


Scholarship application for military children opens Dec. 1  [ back to top ]
Applications for the 2013 Scholarships for Military Children program will be available Saturday, Dec. 1 at local Commissaries and at the Military Scholar website at www.militaryscholar.org. The submission deadline is Feb. 22, 2013.

Scholarship recipients receive a $1,500 scholarship to apply toward tuition at an accredited undergraduate degree program in the fall term of 2013.

Scholarships are open to qualified dependents of U.S. military ID card holders to include active Reserve, Guard and retired military personnel. More details about eligibility and the application process can be found at the Military Scholar website, or through a link at www.commissaries.com.

For more information in the Fort McCoy community, call the Commissary, building 1537, at 608-388-3542.


Rear Commander, FRG training set for Dec. 3-4 at ACS  [ back to top ]
Rear Detachment Commander and Family Readiness Group (FRG) training will be held Dec. 3-4 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. each day at the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, building 2111.

Topics include an ACS overview, volunteer management, the roles and responsibilities of the rear detachment commander and FRG leader, Army Family Team Building, working with Families, overview of Army Regulation 608-1/Appendix J, supporting the unit when a casualty occurs, TRICARE and legal overview, building a resource library, working with a Family Support Network, and real-life scenarios.

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


ACS offers Dec. 5 Introduction to Leadership class  [ back to top ]
The Army Family Team Building course “You Can’t Send a Duck to Eagle School – An Introduction to Leadership” will be held Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 8-10 a.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

Participants will discuss characteristics of effective leaders and explore the differences between being a leader and being a follower.

Register by Thursday, Nov. 29 by calling 608-388-3505.


Woodshop to be open Wednesdays Dec. 5, 19  [ back to top ]

The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Woodshop, building 1133, will be open Wednesdays Dec. 5 and 19 from 6-9 p.m. Normal Woodshop hours currently are Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m.

The Woodshop is fully equipped to support most wood craft projects. Equipment includes a lathe, a variety of saws, a shaper, a planer, a drum sander, a drill press, a router w/table, an oscillating sander and more. A nominal usage fee is charged.

For more information, call 608-388-3944 or visit the website www.mccoymwr.com


Volunteers needed at McCoy Woodshop  [ back to top ]

The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Woodshop, building 1133, is seeking volunteers to assist customers in wood crafting Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6-9 p.m.

The Woodshop offers customers of all experience levels access to wood-craft equipment and classes.

The Woodshop currently is available Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m.

For more information or to volunteer, call 608-388-3944.


Gifts for homeless veterans sought by Dec. 6  [ back to top ]
The Fort McCoy Green Tree Chapter is collecting items for veterans who are homeless or “at risk” of becoming homeless.

Donations of new items for approximately 75 veterans housed at the Veterans Assistance Center at Fort McCoy and the Veterans Assistance Foundation Program at the Tomah Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center are needed.

The Tomah VA Medical Center has requested donations of socks, gloves, scarves, T-shirts, and sweatshirts, (women’s sizes L, XL and XXL; men’s sizes mostly L and XL and a few XXL).

Special requests include gift certificates for movie theater and eating establishments, and nail polish and feminine items for female veterans.

The Fort McCoy Center has requested socks, gloves (L/XL), scarves, T-shirts, and sweatshirts, (men’s sizes mostly L and XL — with one XXL).

Toiletries, nail-care items/kits, action movies and board games are desired. Baked goods also are accepted.

Items can be dropped off to Maureen Richardson or Louise Knutson at building 1913 by Thursday, Dec. 6.

Gifts also can be brought to the conference room of building 1913 Dec 6, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., when the chapter will be wrapping items.

For questions, contact Richardson at 608-269-1912.


Resume Writing workshop offered Dec. 6 at ACS  [ back to top ]
A Resume Writing workshop will be offered Thursday, Dec. 6 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, building 2111.

The workshop is sponsored by the Spouse Employment Program.

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

Tips will be offered during the workshop on how to choose the best resume format, powerfully describe job-related abilities and accomplishments, list references, and create an effective cover letter.

Register by Nov. 30 by calling ACS at 608-388-3505.


Cookie bake off December 7 at CAC  [ back to top ]
A cookie bake off will be held Friday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Community Activity Center (CAC), building 2000.

Contestants will provide a minimum of 24 cookies.

Recipes must be submitted to the CAC prior to the event.

Prizes will be awarded for the top-three cookie recipes.

Personnel without cookie entries can participate in the taste-testing and judging.

A $1 fee allows anyone in the Fort McCoy community to sample and vote for their favorite cookie. Recipe cards also will be available.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-3213.


Cash-and-carry sale rescheduled for Dec. 11   [ back to top ]
The Nov. 27 cash-and-carry sale of surplus nonappropriated fund items has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 11.

The sale will be held at building 643 at Fort McCoy.

The sale opens 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 sale 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.


Newcomer Orientation set for Dec. 12  [ back to top ]

 The next Fort McCoy Newcomer Orientation will be Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 8:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, building 2111.

The event is open to all new installation personnel and their spouses. Newcomer Orientations provide briefings by representatives from various installation activities regarding the services they offer.

A bus tour of installation locations of interest also is part of the event.

Childcare may be provided on a space available basis for authorized patrons with a one-week advance notice.

Registration can be made online at www.mccoymwr.com by clicking on Army Community Service under Soldier/Family Programs or by contacting ACS at 608-388-2359.

For more information about other ACS events, call 608-388-3505.


Dec. 14 The Real McCoy last issue in 2012   [ back to top ]

The Dec. 14 issue of The Real McCoy will be the last issue in 2012. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 5.

The Real McCoy is published on the second and fourth Fridays of each month, except for December. Submissions are required the Wednesday of the week prior to publication, unless otherwise noted.

The Real McCoy 2013 publication dates, followed by deadlines in parenthesis, are:
Jan. 11 (Jan. 2); Jan. 25 (Jan. 16);
Feb. 8 (Jan. 30); Feb. 22 (Feb. 13);
March 8 (Feb. 27); March 22 (March 13);
April 12 (April 3); April 26 (April 17);
May 10 (May 1); May 24 (May 15);
June 14 (June 5); June 28 (June 19);
July 12 (Tuesday, July 2); July 26 (July 17);
Aug. 9 (July 31); Aug. 23 (Aug. 14);
Sept. 13 (Sept. 4); Sept. 27 (Sept. 18);
Oct. 11 (Oct. 2); Oct. 25 (Oct. 16);
Nov. 8 (Oct. 30); Nov. 22 (Nov. 13);
Dec. 13 (Dec. 4).

To submit items for consideration in The Real McCoy, call the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office (PAO) prior to submission. All submissions must include the name of the writer and/or photographer and complete contact information. PAO staff reserve the right to verify the clearance of stories/photos, determine suitability for publication and to edit material to match the Associated Press Stylebook standards, etc.

Submissions can be e-mailed to usarmy.mccoy.imcom-northeast.list.pao-admin@mail.mil, mailed to the Public Affairs Office, 100 E. Headquarters Road, Fort McCoy, WI 54656-5263 or brought to the Fort McCoy PAO, building 100.

For more information, call the PAO at 608-388-4128/2769.


Whitetail Ridge scheduled to open Saturday, Dec. 15  [ back to top ]
Fort McCoy’s Whitetail Ridge Ski Area will open for the season Saturday, Dec. 15, weather permitting.

The facility is open to the general public and features downhill skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing. Cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and snowmobile trails are open if there is sufficient natural snow cover.

Hours of operation have been extended this year and will be Fridays from 4:30-9 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sundays from noon-6 p.m.

Equipment rentals and lifts are available, with fees charged.

An early bird season pass sale runs through Dec. 23.

For more information about weather conditions and opening, call 608-388-4498/3517 or 1-800-531-4703.


CIF closed Dec. 17-23 for 100 percent inventory  [ back to top ]
The Fort McCoy Central Issue Facility (CIF), building 2142, will be closed Dec. 17-23 for a 100 percent annual inventory as mandated by Army regulations.

All emergency requests for CIF support will be approved by the CIF Property Book Officer, Thomas Lovgren, at 608-388-5275 or cell 608-630-5595.



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