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News Notes

Advent worship services under way at McCoy  [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Religious Support Office (RSO) will celebrate the Advent season, which begins Nov. 30, during regular Sunday Services/Masses.

Masses/Services are held in their respective chapels at 9:30 a.m. Sundays.

Catholic Masses are held in Chapel 10, building 1759. Protestant Services are held in Chapel 1, building 2675. Advent Services/Masses at Fort McCoy will be held Sundays only through Dec. 21.

For more information about worship schedules in the Fort McCoy community or the surrounding areas (including holiday schedules for Hanukkah (Dec. 22), Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) or Christmas (Dec. 25)), call the RSO at (608) 388-3528.

AER scholarships for children available   [ back to top ]

Dependent children of active, retired and deceased Soldiers are eligible to apply for the Army Emergency Relief (AER) Maj. Gen. James Ursano Scholarship Program for the 2009-2010 school year.

Scholarships can be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies and school room and board either on or off campus. Scholarship funds are split evenly between the fall and spring semesters or terms or quarters.

Eligible students must be younger than 23-years-old, unmarried for the entire academic year and registered in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS).

Students also must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and be full-time undergraduate students for the entire academic year at a school accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.

Applications will be available on the AER Web site at http://www.aerhq.org after Monday, Dec. 1. Applications will be due by March 1, 2009, and must include a completed application, official transcript with fall 2008 grades and cumulative GPA and documentation of the Soldier’s status, such as orders, if active duty, or casualty report, if deceased.

For more information in the Fort McCoy community, call Army Community Service at (608) 388-3505.


AER scholarships for stateside spouses  [ back to top ]

The Army Emergency Relief (AER) Stateside Spouse Education Assistance Program (SSEAP) will begin taking applications for the 2009-2010 school year Monday, Dec. 1.

The SSEAP is a needs-based education assistance program designed to provide spouses of active-duty and retired Soldiers and widows(ers) of Soldiers who died on active-duty or in a retired status with financial assistance in reaching educational goals and to qualify for increased occupational opportunities. The spouses must live in the United States.

The general information link can be found at the AER Web site at http://www.aerhq.org and will be updated after Dec. 1. Applications will be due by March 1, 2009.

For more information in the Fort McCoy community, call Army Community Service at (608) 388-3505.


Tree-Lighting ceremony set for Dec. 4 at McCoy's    [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Holiday Tree-Lighting ceremony will be held at McCoy’s, building 1571, from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4. The event is open to the public. Santa Claus will make his first official visit to Fort McCoy during the 2008 holiday season at the event.

A number of other activities are scheduled to help make the ceremony a family oriented event. Children can have their photos taken with Santa or visit Santa’s Gift Shop to find a gift for their parents. All gifts will be priced at $1. Children’s crafts, activities and games also will be available.

The Child, Youth & School Services youth will provide entertainment. Free cookies, hot chocolate and coffee will be available as long as limited supplies last. Food also will be available for purchase.

Event sponsors include: Monroe County Publishers, Case, First Bank of Tomah, Hilliker Tree Farm and Wal-Mart.

For more information, call the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Events Line at (877) 864-4969 or on post (608) 388-7400.


Health Benefits open season ends Dec. 8  [ back to top ]

The 2008 Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Open Season is under way and will run through Monday, Dec. 8.

Updates about the health, dental and vision programs can be viewed at the Office of Personnel Management Web site by visiting http://www.opm.gov/insure.

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

Personnel who wish to speak to a counselor at ABC-C should call the toll-free number at (877) 276-9287. Changes will take affect in January 2009.


Holiday Giving program accepting donations    [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Chaplain’s Holiday Giving Program is accepting donations for the Hanukkah/Christmas holiday season.

Contributions for Hanukkah/Christmas are due by Dec. 16. Donations can be brought to the RSO during business hours from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and can be made via check or cash. Checks can be made payable to the Fort McCoy CTOF, with an annotation of Holiday Food.

Ornaments can be obtained from the Angel Tree at the Main Post Exchange (PX) building 1538. Gifts must be purchased and returned to the PX by Dec. 11.

For more information, call the RSO at (608) 388-3528.


Sponsorship training scheduled for Dec. 11   [ back to top ]

Sponsorship training will be held Thursday, Dec. 11 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Fort McCoy Army Community Service (ACS) training room at 2111 S. 8th Ave.

The program applies to Soldiers and civilian employees in the Department of Army whose assignment requires a permanent change of station move. Commanders/directors should ensure they have a pool of trained sponsors to offer assistance as required in Army Regulation 600-8-8.

Registration for the Dec. 11 class is requested by Thursday, Dec. 4. For registration and more information, including future classes, call ACS at (608) 388-3505.

Groups of 20 or more can be accommodated by going to the ACS Schoolhouse at http://www.mccoymwr.com and clicking on the Training or Briefing Request link.


Red Cross sponsoring 'Holiday Mail for Heroes'   [ back to top ]

The American Red Cross is sponsoring a national "Holiday Mail for Heroes" campaign to receive and distribute holiday cards to servicemembers and veterans both in the United States and abroad.

Holiday cards should be postmarked no later than Dec. 10 and mailed to Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456.

For more information, visit the Web site http://www.redcross.org/email/saf/.


Justice Department offers identity-theft Web site  [ back to top ]

Government personnel — both military and civilian — who are worried about identity theft or wish to know more about taking actions to prevent it can visit a Department of Justice (DOJ) Web site.

Because identity theft strikes every day, December has been designated Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month to help reduce the risk of becoming a victim of it.

Awareness goes a long way toward stopping a criminal from ruining someone’s life. The DOJ Web site at http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/fraud/websites/idtheft.html offers tips to combat this crime.


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