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December 10, 2010

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Japanese journalists visit
 
Linda Fournier (center), Fort McCoy Public Affairs Officer, answers questions from Shigebumi Sato (left) and Yusuke Takahashi, Japanese journalists visiting Fort McCoy to get information to help write a book. The book is about Kazuo Sakamaki, who was the first Japanese prisoner of war during World War II and spent time at Camp McCoy. Sakamaki was captured in Hawaii after his two-person mini-sub was disabled. (Photo by Rob Schuette)  

 

PHOTO: Linda Fournier (center), Fort McCoy Public Affairs Officer, answers questions from Shigebumi Sato (left) and Yusuke Takahashi, Japanese journalists visiting Fort McCoy to get information to help write a book. Photo by Rob Schuette
  
Home Alone workshop for parents set for Dec. 14  [ back to top ]

A Home Alone Parent workshop will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14 at Parent Central Services, building 1747, in preparation for the Child, Youth & School Services youth Home Alone class.

The workshop will help parents decide whether their child is ready to stay home alone and share tools to help them provide appropriate supervision for their child while they are away from home. Parents also will learn what will be taught in the youth Home Alone class and will receive a Parent Guide that includes Family worksheets and other handouts.

To register for the workshop, call 608-388-8956. 

 

Home Alone class for youth set for Dec. 28-29   [ back to top ]

A Home Alone class for youth ages 10-11 will be held from 8-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28 and from 8-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29 at Parent Central Services, building 1747.

The two-day class teaches youth to be responsible, trustworthy, competent, capable and safe while staying home alone.

Topics include how to stay safe when home alone, how to handle emergency situations, activities to do to keep from being bored, how to be safe in the kitchen and how to deal with conflict.

All participants must be registered with Child, Youth & School Services. To register, call 608-388-8956 or visit the website https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/mccoycyms.html. Class size is limited to 10 children.

 

Santa Shuffle treadmill race Dec. 16 at Fitness Center  [ back to top ]

A Santa Shuffle three-mile treadmill race will be held Thursday, Dec. 16 from 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

The race is free and open to authorized fitness center patrons. Youth ages 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult.
Prizes will be awarded for the two top male and female finishers.

Non-perishable food items also will be collected throughout the day. All donated items will be given to the Sparta and Tomah food pantries.

To register for a time slot or for more information, visit the fitness center front desk or call 608-388-2290.

 

Mixed martial arts class begins Jan. 4 at Fort McCoy   [ back to top ]

A mixed martial arts class will be held every Tuesday beginning Jan. 4 at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

The class is open to authorized fitness center patrons ages 9 and older. The beginner’s class will be held at 6 p.m. and costs $5. The advanced class will be at 7:15 p.m. and costs $7. Advanced class participation must be pre-approved by the instructor.

The class will be taught by Todd Raymond, Extreme Cagefighting Organization Light Heavyweight World Champion.
For more information or to register, call 608-388-2290. 

 

Installation volleyball league to begin play Jan. 12 [ back to top ]

Registration for Fort McCoy’s coed volleyball league continues until Jan. 5 at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122. Games will be played Wednesdays starting Jan. 12 at 5:15, 6:15 and 7:15 p.m.

The league is free and open to all authorized fitness center patrons. Patrons can sign up as individuals or teams. National Federation Volleyball rules will apply.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-2290.

 

Newcomer’s Orientation Jan. 12 at ACS    [ back to top ]

The next Fort McCoy Newcomer’s Orientation will be Wednesday, Jan.12 from 8 a.m.-noon at Army Community Service, 2111 South 8th Avenue.

The orientation is open to all new installation personnel and their spouses.

Newcomer orientation provides briefings by representatives from various installation activities regarding services they offered and includes a tour of the installation. Child care may be provided on a space-available basis for authorized personnel with a one-week advance notice.

To register, call 608-388-3505 or to register online, visit http://mccoymwr.com/acs-class-registration-form.html

 

Art/Essay contests for military youth under way  [ back to top ]

The annual Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) Art and Essay Contests launched in November and are open to all eligible children of active duty or retired members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard/Reserves Families. Winners will be chosen in spring 2011.

Winners of both the art and essay contests will have their winning entries displayed in a number of locations in the Washington, D.C., area, including in the Russell Rotunda, and are recognized at an annual luncheon on Capitol Hill. ASYMCA awards U.S. Savings Bonds to first- and second-place winners of both contests, as well as to honorable-mention recipients of the essay contest.

The art contest theme is, “My Military Family” and is open to students in grades K–6.

The essay contest theme is “My Military Hero” and open to students in grades 1–12.

For more information, visit the ASYMCA website at http://www.asymca.org/.

 

Rear Detachment Commander, FRG training offered Jan. 10-11   [ back to top ]

Rear Detachment Commander and Family Readiness Group (FRG) training will be held Jan. 10-11 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Army Community Service, building 2111 at Fort McCoy.

Topics will include 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 “Family Readiness Group Operations,” supporting the unit when a casualty occurs, TRICARE and legal overview, building a resource library, working with a Family Support Network, how to be an effective FRG Leader, and real-life scenarios.

Registration is requested by Friday, Jan. 7 by calling 608-388-3505.

 

Army Community Service instructor trainer course Jan. 18-20  [ back to top ]
The Army Community Service (ACS) Instructor Trainer Course will be held Jan. 18-19 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Jan. 20 from 8 a.m.-noon at ACS, building 2111 at Fort McCoy.

Topics include introduction to effective instructors, platform skills, the adult learner, managing the learning environment, methods of instruction, and the preparation process.

Participants must give a 10-minute presentation as part of this course.

Attendees of this course will be qualified to be instructors for the Army Family Team Building Program.

Registration is requested by Friday, Jan. 14, by calling ACS at 608-388-3505.

 

AFTB conflict management training set for Jan. 26  [ back to top ]
Army Family Team Building Conflict Management Training will be held Wednesday, Jan. 26 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111 at Fort McCoy.

Topics include communication, enhancing personal relationships, exploring personality traits, personal conflict management, and strength deployment inventory.

Registration is requested by Jan. 21 by calling ACS at 608-388-3505.

 

Resilience, the ‘Good Stuff’ workshop Feb. 1-2 at ACS  [ back to top ]
The Resilience and “Good Stuff” workshop will be held Feb. 1-2 from 8 a.m.-4 both days at Army Community Service (ACS), at building 2111 at Fort McCoy.

The workshop will cover how people deal with adversity and in the face of a challenge. Military spouses will have priority. Family Focus Program participants may receive Family Focus Franks.

For more information or to register, call ACS by Jan. 24 at 608-388-3505.

 

Bowling specials good throughout March at McCoy’s  [ back to top ]
A 50/50 bowling special is being offered through March 31 at Thunder Bowl Bowling Center at McCoy’s, building 1571. Fifty games of bowling can be purchased for 50 cents apiece. Some restrictions may apply.

To purchase punch cards visit McCoy’s, or for more information, call 608-388-7060.

 

Next issue of The Real McCoy set for Jan. 14, 2011  [ back to top ]
This is the last issue of The Real McCoy for 2010.

The next issue will be published Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, with a deadline to submit material for consideration of Wednesday, Jan. 5.
For more information, call the Public Affairs Office, building 100, at 608-388-4128/2769.

   

 

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