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News Notes

Advent season at McCoy begins with Nov. 29 services  [ back to top ]
The Fort McCoy Religious Support Office (RSO) will help people in the Fort McCoy community observe the Advent Season, with weekly worship services beginning Sunday, Nov. 29 and running through Dec. 20.

Worship Services/Masses will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sundays in their respective chapels. Protestant Services will be held at Chapel 1, building 2672.

Catholic Masses will be held at Chapel 10, building 1759.

For more information about these Services/Masses or worship opportunities in the Fort McCoy community, call the RSO at 608-388-3528.


Ping-Pong singles tournament to be held in December   [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Community Activity Center, building 2000, will host a singles ping-pong tournament Tuesdays Dec. 1, 8 and 15.

Tournament play will begin at 6 p.m. each night. Registration is requested by 5:45 p.m. game day. Participation is free and open to authorized patrons age 18 and older, including Soldiers, Department of Defense civilians, retirees and dependents.

Prizes will be awarded for first place each night.

For more information, call 608-388-3213.


DFMWR Advisory Council to meet Dec. 2  [ back to top ]

The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) Customer Advisory Board will meet at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2 in the conference room of building 2111.

Representatives of all directorates and tenant organizations at Fort McCoy are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

These informal meetings are held quarterly to collect customer information and to assess customer satisfaction regarding DFMWR programs and services.

Topics of discussion typically include “What’s New in DFMWR,” “Facility Highlights” and “Customer Feedback,” and more.

For more information, call 608-388-2201.


Tree Lighting set for Dec. 3 at McCoy's    [ back to top ]
A Tree Lighting event will be held Thursday, Dec. 3 at McCoy’s, building 1571, at Fort McCoy.

The event will run from 4-6 p.m. and is open to the public.

Activities available at the event will include entertainment by Child, Youth & School Services children, pictures with Santa Claus, Santa’s Gift Shop, Kids Crafts and Activities, free cookies, hot chocolate and coffee (while supplies last) and door-prize drawings.

Attendees who are in the Family Focus program are eligible for Family Focus Bonus Franks.

Sponsors include Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Monroe County Publishers, CASE Construction, First Bank of Tomah, Hilliker Tree Farm and the Fort McCoy Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program. No federal endorsement is implied.

For more information, call the MWR Event Line at 877-864-4969 or visit the Web site http://www.mccoymwr.com.


Newcomer Orientation Briefings set for Dec. 9, Jan. 13 [ back to top ]

Newcomer Orientation sessions will be held Wednesdays Dec. 9 and Jan. 13, 2010 at Fort McCoy.

The sessions are held from 8 a.m.-noon both days and are open to members of the Fort McCoy community.

The briefings provide information from a number of post organizations and a bus tour of installation activities.

For more information, call Army Community Service at 608-388-3505.


Resume writing workshop set for Dec. 10 at ACS    [ back to top ]
The Army Community Service (ACS) Spouse Employment Program is sponsoring a Resume Writing Workshop from 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, Dec. 10 at ACS, 2111 South 8th Ave, at Fort McCoy.

The workshop is open to everyone in the Fort McCoy community. Priority placement will be given to military spouses who apply by the registration deadline Friday, Dec. 4.

Participants in the workshop will learn how to develop a professional and visually appealing resume that communicates their experience and value to potential employers. Tips will be offered about how to choose the best resume format, describing job-related abilities and accomplishments, properly listing references and creating an effective cover letter. Topics will apply to people beginning to write their resumes as well as those looking to improve an existing resume.

To register of for more information, call ACS at 608-388-3505 or visit the ACS Academy Web site at http://www.mccoymwr.com/ACS/Upcoming%20Events.htm.


FEHB Open Season to continue through Dec. 14   [ back to top ]

The 2009 Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Open Season is under way and will continue through 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.

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.


Combined Federal Campaign under way through Dec. 15   [ back to top ]

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) in the Fort McCoy community is under way and will end Tuesday, Dec. 15.

CFC is the only authorized campaign held in the federal work force. Funds support a number of programs, including arts/humanities, education health, youth development, employment, crisis intervention and more, as well as local organizations.

For more information about available programs, visit the Web sites http://www.badgerlandcfc.org or http://www.cfctoday.org, the official Web site of the National CFC Committee.

Key people have been appointed for each directorate/organization at Fort McCoy. McCoy participates in the Badgerland CFC.

Donations can be made in the form of cash, checks or allotments. Contributions may be tax deductible.

For more information in the Fort McCoy community, contact the organization’s points of contact, or call Scott E. Griffith at 608-388-5872.


Installation seeking volunteers for upcoming VITA program  [ back to top ]

People who are interested in being Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) preparers to assist members of the Fort McCoy military community in the upcoming tax preparation season are encouraged to take the training. This is a great opportunity to gain training and experience in preparing both federal and state tax returns.

Rita Byers, who has been involved with the Fort McCoy VITA program for a number of years, said this year’s training is being offered online at the Internal Revenue Web site http://www.irs.gov. This site also will provide answers for federal income tax return-related questions.

For more information about being a VITA program volunteer in the Fort McCoy community, including which online courses to take, training and test booklets and what kind of time commitment is required, call 608-388-4117.

Family Connections Program seeking participants   [ back to top ]
Fort McCoy employees are welcome to participate in the Family Connections Program, which is coordinated through the Fort McCoy Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122. The program also is part of the installation’s effort to support the Army Family Covenant and strengthen families by having them do events together.

Individuals and families are welcome to participate.

Participants qualify for prize-drawings by attending a minimum of 12 recreation/fitness events, one educational event and one installation/community event each month.

Monthly prizes for individuals are a meal at Primo’s, a movie rental and a car wash. The monthly family prize is a large pizza and a movie rental.

People can obtain a Family Connections card, a sample list of qualifying activities and official rules at the fitness center.

For more information about the program, call 608-388-2290.


BOSS Wood Shop open Tuesdays-Thursdays   [ back to top ]
The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) Wood Shop, building 1133, is open from 5-8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays for authorized patrons.

Equipment available for use includes a table saw, band saw, drum sander, heavy duty wood lathe, scroll saw, combination sander, mortising machine, shaper, drill press, new router, router table, and oscillating spindle sanders. The cost to use the facility is $3 for each visit. For more information, call 608-388-6588.


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