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 December 09, 2011

News Notes

Food service competition

Dr. Patrick Beach, a professor and program manager for a Hospitality Management program of Harper College, Palatine, Ill., observes food preperation in the installation dining facility at Fort McCoy. Beach was part of a three-member team including Sgt. Maj. Swilley Clark of Fort Lee, Va., with the Philip A. Connelly Food Service Award competition, and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Verona Williams, Pentagon Secretary of the Army Mess, judging the competition. The team is one of four teams visiting Army Food Service programs Armywide. Fort McCoy is competing in the civilian-garrison category, which includes all contractor-operated dining facilities of any size in the Army. The winners and runners-up of all the categories are expected to be announced in mid-December.

Photo by Rob Schuette 

PHOTO: Members with the Philip A. Connelly Food Service Award competition observe food preperations at the installation dining facility. Photo by Rob Schuette
McCoy ASIST sessions set for Dec. 12-13  [ back to top ]
A Fort McCoy Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) session is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 and Tuesday, Dec. 13 at building 905.

Anyone in the Fort McCoy work force can attend the training. However, the class size will be limited, so interested personnel are encouraged to register in advance. Civilian attire will be the dress policy for participants, and they will be expected to attend the two full days of training.

ASIST is training to prepare caregivers to recognize suicide risk and the behaviors associated with that risk. Attendees will learn how to intervene in an appropriate manner.

The training presents a model for effective suicide intervention and also generates information about available resources in the local community.

The Fort McCoy Religious Support Office (RSO) and the Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) are co-sponsoring the training.

For more information or to register, contact Scott Zaehler, the installation’s ASAP program manager who also serves as the Suicide Prevention program manager, or Chaplain (Col.) Tom Phelan, the RSO site support chaplain.

Zaehler can be reached by calling 608-388-2441 or by e-mailing scott.r.zaehler.civ@mail.mil. Phelan can be reached by calling 608-388-3528 or by e-mailing thomas.w.phelan.mil@mail.mil.


Dec. 15 cash-and-carry sale set for NAF items  [ back to top ]

A cash-and-carry sale of surplus nonappropriated fund items will be held Thursday, Dec. 15 at building 1879.

The sale opens at 8 a.m. to military personnel and military retirees, with a valid ID, and at 9 a.m. to the general public. The sale ends at 3 p.m.

Items for sale include campers, bedspreads, furniture, paintball accessories and more. Items are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Items must be paid for by cash or check and picked up at the time of purchase.

For more information, call 608-388-4397. 


Winter Wonderland Treadmill Race being held at Rumpel Dec. 15  [ back to top ]

A Winter Wonderland Treadmill Race will be held Thursday, Dec. 15 at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122. Runners can participate throughout the day from 5 a.m.-8 p.m.

Participants will run three miles on a treadmill and have their completion time recorded. Prizes will be awarded to the top two male and female finishers.

The entry fee is $10. The first 25 registered participants will receive a custom T-shirt. Registration forms are available at the fitness center. Participants may register throughout the day of the event, although pre-registration is encouraged.

For more information, call 608-388-2290. 


Food drive sponsored by BOSS program Dec. 15  [ back to top ]
A food drive to collect non-perishable items will be held Thursday, Dec. 15 from 5 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122. The food drive is held in conjunction with the Winter Wonderland Treadmill Race.

Everyone in the Fort McCoy community is welcome to donate non-perishable food items.

The food drive is sponsored by the Fort McCoy Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program.

For more information, call 608-388-2290.


SKIESUnlimited offers classes for youth  [ back to top ]
The Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and SkillsUnlimited is offering several classes.

A babysitting class is available Dec. 28-30 from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at building 1668 for youth 12 years old and older. There are no fees. Space is limited to 12 youth. Registration must be complete by Dec. 21.

A cookie baking class will be held Friday, Dec. 30 from noon-3 p.m. at building 1751. Youth will learn to bake a variety of cookies. The fee is $15. Registration must be complete by Dec. 22.

Ski and snowboard lessons will be offered from 4:45-5:45 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays to youth in kindergarten through 12th grade. The first session is from Jan. 3-24 with a registration deadline of Dec. 28. The second session is from Jan. 30-Feb.14 with a registration deadline of Jan. 27. Space is limited to 20 youth for each session. The fee is $85 dollars, including equipment rental, or $75 without.

For more information or to register for classes, call Parent Central Services at 608-388-8956.


Geocaching event begins Jan. 1  [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Geocaching event begins Jan. 1. Participants can pick up geocache coordinates at Pine View Campground or Whitetail Ridge Ski Area.

When a geocache is located, sign and turn in the entry slip for a chance to win a prize.

Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which players try to locate hidden geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices.

Participants also can rent snowshoes or cross-country skis and GPS devices from Whitetail Ridge Ski Area.

For more information, call 608-388-3517.


Martin Luther King Jr. observance set for Jan. 10  [ back to top ]
A Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance will be held Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at McCoy’s, building 1571. The guest-speaker presentation begins at noon.

The guest speaker is Tony Chatman who has extensive knowledge of a variety of psychometric instruments critical in understanding human behavior. Chatman equips organizations like the U.S. Secret Service, the EPA Chase Bank, and NASA with skills in leadership, teambuilding, diversity, communication skills, conflict resolution, and interpersonal effectiveness.

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


Next issue of The Real McCoy available Jan. 13, 2012  [ back to top ]

This is the last issue of The Real McCoy for 2011.

The next issue will be published Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, with a deadline of Wednesday, Jan. 4 to submit material for consideration.
For more information, call the Public Affairs Office, building 100, at 608-388-4128/2769. 


English Language Learner courses available in communities  [ back to top ]

People in the Fort McCoy who want to develop more proficient English skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing can do so by attending English Language Learner (ELL) classes at Western Technical College in the local communities.

These classes are offered at various times throughout the district and students can join most classes at anytime. The ELL program is open to students of all levels of proficiency from no or little English to highly advanced. Students may enroll in classes and labs appropriate to their ELL level.

The Spring Semester runs from Jan. 16 to May 14, 2012. Summer sessions may be provided beginning June 4, 2012 but are dependent upon funding. Call the campuses for more information.

The Tomah Campus provides ELL classes Monday evenings from 7:-8:55 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-1:55 p.m. Other daytime hours from Monday-Friday may be arranged by contacting Jeanette Brownell at 608-374-7700.

The Black River Falls Campus provides ELL classes Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6-8 p.m. Call 715-284-2253 for further information.

The La Crosse Campus holds ELL classes in the ARC building Monday-Friday from 8:05 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m. and Tuesdays from 5:30-8 p.m. These times are subject to change. Pre-registration is requested by calling 608-785-9535. Inquiries can be directed to Max Vang at 608-789-4724.



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