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

The Fort McCoy Religious Support Office (RSO) will celebrate the Advent season, during regular Sunday Services/Masses through Dec. 21.

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.

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 are available on the AER Web site at http://www.aerhq.org and are due by March 1, 2009.

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) is taking applications for the 2009-2010 school year.

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. Applications will be due by March 1, 2009.

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

 

Work approved for Sparta-Fort McCoy Airport   [ back to top ]

MADISON, Wis. (Wisconsin Department of Transportation) ó A project to construct a security and wildlife perimeter fence at the Sparta-Fort McCoy Airport has been approved.

The Federal Aviation Commission is providing $491,356 for the $517,218 project. The city of Sparta is contributing $12,932. Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle approved state funding of $12,930 to allow the project to proceed.

According to Andrew Trimble, airport development engineer at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, one of the main goals of the project is to provide a positive barrier to keep area wildlife away from the active airport, including runways.

The electronic gates will increase security at the airport, while still providing quick access for emergency vehicles. The project began earlier this month and is scheduled to be completed by summer of 2009.

Sparta-Fort McCoy Airport, a joint-use civilian/military operation, is located three miles northeast of Sparta on Fort McCoy.

Twelve civilian aircraft and a number of Army aircraft are based at the airport. Annual operations consist of more than 10,000 takeoffs and landings each year.

 

Commissary open Dec. 22, closed Dec. 25-26, Jan. 1  [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Commissary, building 1537, will have holiday hours from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22. The Commissary will be open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, and be closed Dec. 25-26. Normal hours will resume Saturday, Dec. 27. The Commissary is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and closed Mondays. The Commissary will be closed Thursday, Jan. 1 for New Yearís Day.

For more information about the Commissary in the Fort McCoy community, call (608) 388-3542.

 

Holiday Giving program accepting donations    [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Chaplainís 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.

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

 

2009 YMCA art contest for military youth under way   [ back to top ]

Students in grades kindergarten through six, who have an active-duty or Guard/Reserve parent, are eligible to enter the Armed Services YMCA 2009 art contest.

Entries will be accepted through Feb. 20, 2009 and should be about the studentís military family. Family members should not be identified (identifiable) in the drawings. Prizes will be awarded.

Drawings are sought in the 6-by-8-inch size. Black-and-white drawings will be considered, but color drawings are more likely to be selected. Oversized and three-dimensional drawings will not be judged.

Six $500 U.S. Savings Bonds will be awarded for first-place finishers. Second-place finishers will be awarded $100 bonds.

All artwork will become the property of the Armed Services YMCA and will not be returned. Artwork may be used for the Military Family Month poster.

Entries can be mailed to: Armed Services YMCA, Attn: Art Contest, 6359 Walker Lane, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22310.

For more information about entry requirements, visit the Armed Services YMCA Web site at http://www.asymca.org or call (703) 313-9600, Ext. 10.

 

2009 essay contest for military youth under way   [ back to top ]

Dependents of military active-duty or Reserve/Guard personnel in grades first through high school are welcome to submit entries for the Armed Services YMCA essay contest.

Entries are due by March 20, 2009. The essay should be about "My Military Hero," and can focus on anyone who has served/is serving in the U.S. military. Prizes will be awarded in each grade category.

Students in grades eight and below must submit an entry with a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 300 words. One first-place prize of a $500 U.S. Savings Bond and one second-place prize of a $100 bond will be awarded in the categories of grades 1-2, 3-4. 5-6, and 7-8.

Students in high school must submit essays with a minimum of 300 words and a maximum of 500 words. Prizes in the categories will be a first-place bond of $1,000, two $200 bonds for second place and two $100 bonds for honorable mention. Categories are grades 9-10 and 11-12. All essays become the property of the Armed Services YMCA and will not be returned.

Entries can be mailed to: Armed Services YMCA, Attn: Essay Contest, 6359 Walker Lane, Suite 300, Alexandria, VA 22310.

For more information about entry requirements, visit the Armed Services YMCA Web site at http://www.asymca.org or call (703) 313-9600, Ext. 10.

 

Suicide awareness briefings Thursdays  [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Chapel Center, building 2675, is conducting Suicide Awareness Briefings for Soldiers from 3-4 p.m. Thursdays until further notice. The Chapel Center is located on South F Street.

Briefings will not be held on the following Thursdays: Dec. 25, Christmas Day or Jan. 1, 2009, New Yearís Day. In addition to Soldiers, family members and civilians are welcome to attend. Reservations to attend a specific briefing are requested.

Units can contact the Chapel Center at (608) 388-3528 for more information.

 

Shinseki nominated Veterans Affairs chief  [ back to top ]

WASHINGTON, D.C. (American Armed Forces Press Service) ó President-elect Barack Obama has selected retired Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric K. Shinseki as his nominee to be secretary of Veterans Affairs.

"As we seek a new national security strategy that uses all elements of American power, we also must remember those who run the greatest risks and make the greatest sacrifices to implement that strategy for the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States of America," the president-elect said in announcing his choice Dec. 7.

If confirmed by the Senate, Shinseki will succeed retired Army Lt. Gen. (Dr.) James B. Peake in leading the second-largest federal department, with 240,000 employees. Some 23.4 million veterans are alive today, and the department is their point of contact for compensation and pensions, medical care, education and training, home loans and other benefits.

 

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