Fort McCoy News April 26, 2013

News Notes

Sportsman's Range offers memberships, punch cards

Membership rates and punch cards are available for Fort McCoy's Sportsman's Range for eligible personnel.

Membership rates are $50 for military personnel and Department of Defense (DoD) civilians and $75 for Family members.

Membership benefits include free league entry fees, no daily range fees, discounts on range events and a 10 percent discount on range apparel.

Punch cards are $30 for military personnel and DoD civilians, and $40 for others. The cards offer 10 shooting sessions at the Sportsman's Range.

Punches also can be used to get a $5 discount on events (one punch per event). Regular daily rates are $4 for military and DoD civilians and $5 for guests. Trap or skeet fees are $3.50 per round.

Memberships and cards can be purchased at Pine View Campground daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 800-531-4703 or 608-388-3517 or visit the website www.mccoymwr.com.

 

Fort McCoy Guide available online, print copies available May 1

The 2013 Fort McCoy Guide will be available in full four-color print May 1. The online version is available now through the Fort McCoy public website at www.mccoy.army.mil.

Print copies will be distributed through official channels and will be available at rack locations throughout the installation including the Exchange, building 1538; McCoy's, building 1571; and the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

The online version of the guide as well as a printable PDF version will be updated on a continuous basis.

To request additional copies of the guide or report content updates, contact the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office at 608-369-2407 or send an e-mail to usarmy.mccoy.imcom-central.list.pao-admin@mail.mil.

 

Gender Difference seminar May 2 for Military Spouse Appreciation

A military Spouse Appreciation luncheon, "'Did You Hear What I Meant?' The Gender Difference," will be held Thursday, May 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McCoy's, building 1571.

The event is open to the entire Fort McCoy community.

The seminar, presented by Dan Benavides, a licensed clinical social worker, will explore gender difference with humor, grace and appreciation.

This informative and entertaining seminar will help men and women gain a better understanding of each other and to learn more-effective ways of communicating.

The cornerstone of his professional life has been influencing people's lives in a positive way to help them learn and grow.

During his 30 years of experience, he has come to realize the impact that relationships have on people's lives. For this reason, he has dedicated his professional life to coaching people on how to have strong and healthy marriages and relationships.
Registration is not required for the event. Lunch costs are the responsibility of the attendees.

For more information, call 608-388-3505.

 

South Post garden plots available for rent

Garden plots are available for rent to authorized Fort McCoy Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons, with priority given to military Families.

The 20-by-20-foot plots are located on South Post. Rental fees are $35 per plot.

Customers can pay for the plots now. Plots will be prepared for use when the weather permits. Access for planting will follow.

No deadlines have been set to rent the plots. The plots will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis to authorized patrons, with military Families having priority, until all plots are rented. For more information about rental, call Pam Budda at 608-388-6461 or Nicole Halverson at 608-388-2625.

 

Asian American and Pacific Islander Month event May 9

Fort McCoy's observance of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month will be held Thursday, May 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McCoy's, building 1571.

The guest speaker, Chris Tuia'ana, will begin his presentation at noon. Tuia'ana, the son of an accomplished Polynesian musician and entertainer, has been involved in entertainment, from performing dances and playing music to setting up and sound-checking equipment, since he was a child. He currently works with Aloha Chicago Entertainment and is ever-respectful of his culture and heritage. He continues to expand his love and knowledge of Polynesia, while embracing the many diverse cultures and arts that can be found in Chicago.

For more information about the event, call the Equal Opportunity Adviser at 608-388-3246.

 

Spouse Appreciation Day lunch May 10 at Dining Facility

In observance of Military Spouse Appreciation Day, spouses are authorized to dine with their servicemember in the Fort McCoy Installation Dining Facility, building 50, Friday, May 10, during lunch, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A discounted meal rate of $3.95 will be offered to spouses of enlisted personnel from private to specialist.

The standard meal rate of $4.60 will be charged to all others.

Spouses must show their ID card at the dining facility.

For more information, call 608-388-4739.

 

Care Team training for units, volunteers set for May 13

Care Team training will be offered Monday, May 13 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

In the event a casualty occurs within a unit, the commander may activate a Care Team based on the affected Family's needs and request for support.

The training will assist commands in recruiting volunteers and educating current and potential volunteers on the roles and responsibilities associated with belonging to a unit's Care Team.

Register by Wednesday, May 8 by calling 608-388-3505.

 

Supervisor Academy offers substance abuse training

The May Supervisor Academy training will be "Substance Abuse in the Workplace." Participants can choose between training lessons offered May 14 at 3 p.m. or May 23 at 8 a.m. at the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, building 2111.

The training, presented by the Fort McCoy Employee Assistance Program coordinator, is designed to assist leaders in identifying substance abuse behavior and taking appropriate action when there is a concern.

The Supervisor Academy is provided by ACS and the Fort McCoy Directorate of Human Resources.

It gives new and experienced supervisors the opportunity to attend 60- to 90-minute training sessions once a month to learn new skills, improve existing skills and develop a supervisor's tool box.

To register for the May training session, call 608-388-3505 by May 8.

 

Defense Travel System class offered May 15-16

The next Defense Travel System (DTS) class is DTS Temporary Duty (TDY) Documents May 15-16 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

The class is taught by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service Lead Defense Travel Administrator at Fort McCoy.

The class explains how to create TDY authorizations and vouchers for active duty, civilian, and Reserve travelers. Class topics are: DTS definitions, travel policy, navigating DTS, authorizations, and vouchers.

This class is for beginners and intermediate DTS users, and is recommended for Reviewing and Approving officials. The class is open to military and Department of Defense civilian personnel. Register by Friday, May 10 by e-mailing name and unit/organization to mary.j.richmondstremcha.civ. For more information, call 608-388-6299.

 

Learn the Basics of Selling on eBay during May 16 class

A Basics of Selling on eBay class will be taught Thursday, May 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

The class, led by Joel Karsten, a certified eBay education specialist, will teach participants to sell like a "pro." Topics include researching and creating listings that will attract buyers, enhancing listings with better descriptions and photography, setting pricing that will maximize profits, opening and using a Paypal account to simplify getting paid, monitoring sales to know exactly what's working and what's not, and avoiding many of the costly mistakes that new eBay sellers may make.

Participants will receive a free eBay workbook.

Register by Wednesday, May 8 by calling 608-388-3505.

 

Commissary sidewalk sale May 18, May case-lot sales cancelled

The Fort McCoy Commissary will hold a sidewalk sale Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in celebration of DeCA's Family Fun Fitness Festival.

Information about the sidewalk sale and other commissary events can be found at www.commissaries.com.

In response to budget cuts, the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) has cancelled all case-lot sales in May.

For more information, call 608-388-3542.

 

Fort McCoy softball team seeking players for May 19 game

Teams from Fort McCoy and the city of Sparta will face off in a Chicago-style softball game Sunday, May 19 at 4 p.m. at Fort McCoy's Constitution Park.

Fort McCoy is seeking players for its team. Military personnel, Department of Defense civilians, contractors and Family members are eligible to play.

Chicago-style softball is played barehanded with a 16-inch softball that is softer than a normal softball.

Practices will be held at Constitution Park from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. April 30, and May 2, 7, 9, 13, 15 and 17.

For more information about joining the team, call Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Fort McCoy at 608-388-2109 or e-mail usarmy.mccoy.imcom-central.list.hhc-admin@mail.mil.

 

Expanded transportation service available for veterans

TOMAH, Wis. (Tomah VA Medical Center Public Affairs) — The Tomah Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center recently launched its new Veterans Transportation Service (VTS).

This service is designed to improve the quality of life for veterans by overcoming transportation barriers. The transportation initiative also increases veteran access to health care through efficient transportation assistance to the medical center in Tomah and area outpatient clinics.

All veterans eligible for VA health care qualify for this free service, and the VTS staff will strive to accommodate any veterans who need transportation to and from their scheduled VA medical appointments. The VA Medical Center recently received two 10-passenger, wheelchair-accessible mini-buses. These vehicles will enable VTS to expand service to accommodate patients using wheelchairs, oxygen tanks, and walkers.

VTS in no way replaces the Disabled American Veterans vans currently being used throughout central Wisconsin, but further enhances existing programs. It not only adds another transportation option, especially for those with disabilities or in remote areas, but improves efficiency of all transportation resources by using ridesharing software and GPS units. Besides Tomah, vans are located in La Crosse, Wausau, Marshfield, and Stevens Point. Veterans can call the Tomah VA transportation coordinators at 1-800-872-8662, ext. 66227 or ext. 61661 for more information.