Fort McCoy News May 24, 2013

News Notes

McCoy to participate in 'click it or ticket' campaign

Fort McCoy's Directorate of Emergency Services Police Department is participating in the nationwide "click it or ticket" campaign, which is under way and will continue through June 2. The campaign encourages motorists to wear their seat belts.

Not only are tickets issued to unbelted motorists, but the surrounding publicity ensures that people know they are more likely to get a ticket.

The click it or ticket campaign includes the Memorial Day weekend, May 24 to 27, which is one of the most heavily traveled weekends on Wisconsin roads.


Community yard sale set May 31, June 1 for Family Housing Area

Residents of the Fort McCoy South Post Family Housing Area will host a community yard sale Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days.

Sherry Oslie, Fort McCoy Housing Management specialist, said the sale is open to the public. Anyone who wants to attend can turn off State Highway 16 or State Highway 21 onto Fort McCoy and follow the signs.

Anyone who wants more information about the sale can contact Yard Sale Chairman Lisa Sharp at


Mud run registration under way for June 1 event

The "Battle of the Mud" mud run is Saturday, June 1 at Fort McCoy's Whitetail Ridge Ski Area. The event is open to the public.

Registration fees are $15 for military personnel and DOD Civilians and $20 for the general public. An additional $10 fee will be charged to participants who register the day of the event.

Registration forms are available online at, the Pine View Campground office, building 8053, and the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122. Registration is also available online at

Registered participants will receive a Mud Run T-shirt, half-off beverage ticket, and door prize entry.

Participants who register in-person and reserve a campsite will receive $5 off their registration fee.

The course is three-miles long and includes hills, a slip-and-slide mud pit, hay bales, a low-crawl sand pit, walk-the-plank mud pit and much more.

Music, games and concessions will be available. Division categories are men, women, children (10 years and under) and team/unit. Competitive and non-competitive heats are available.

Prizes will be awarded for first- and second-place finishers in each division. A special award for the best costume will be presented.

For information, visit the website or call 608-388-3200.


Free fishing weekend June 1-2 on Fort McCoy waters

Fort McCoy will participate in Wisconsin's Free Fishing Weekend, Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2.

No permits or licenses will be required to fish on Fort McCoy waters during this event.

All Fort McCoy and State of Wisconsin fishing regulations, rules, length and bag limits still will be in effect.

For more information about fishing at Fort McCoy visit the website and click on the Hunting & Fishing Information button, or call the Permit Sales Office, building 2168, at 608-388-3337.

For information regarding Wisconsin fishing regulations visit


Learn job search strategies, acquire skills at June 6 workshop

A Job Search Strategies workshop will be held Thursday, June 6 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

The workshop will help attendees re-engineer their job search and acquire skills to map out their career path and identify transferable skills that employers value; research the labor market and "hot" career trends; consider self-employment and work-from-home options; manage time and organize an effective work search; and create an "army" of contacts that help them find the job that they love.

The workshop will be facilitated by Kathleen Olson, an employment and training specialist.

Olson has developed and conducted educational workshops and seminars related to resume writing, job seeking and interviewing for more than 12 years.

She serves audiences with diverse backgrounds, occupational interests and levels of expertise, including first-time job seekers, those re-entering the labor market, career changers, and seasoned professionals.

The workshop is open to the entire Fort McCoy community. Priority placement is reserved for military spouses who apply by the registration deadline.

Register by May 31 by calling 608-388-3505.


Supervisor Academy offers training on 'people problems'

The June Supervisor Academy training will be "Problem with People." Participants can choose between training lessons offered June 4 at 3 p.m. or June 20 at 8 a.m. at the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, building 2111.

Participants will work in small groups or in pairs to tackle a series of "people problems" that will provide practice in solving people problems, in making decisions about people, in motivating them, and in handling them.

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 June training session, call 608-388-3505 by May 29.


Celebrate the Army's birthday with June 13 activities at Fort McCoy

Fort McCoy will celebrate the Army's 238th birthday Thursday, June 13 with a variety of activities and specials.

A 5K run will be held at 7 a.m. at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122. Register at the fitness center by June 10.

A free drive-thru breakfast will be available at McCoy's, building 1571, from 7 to 9 a.m. or while supplies last. Offerings include donuts, breakfast bars, coffee, juice and T-shirts.

A free lunch will be served at Constitution Park from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., or while supplies last, with the official cake-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m.

The events and specials are open to the entire Fort McCoy community.

Dueling Pianos to perform at Fort McCoy June 21

Dueling Pianos will perform Friday, June 21 at 8 p.m. at McCoy's, building 1571. The free show is open to the public.

The all-request, sing- and clap-along, rock 'n' roll, comedy show will feature high-energy piano-playing entertainers who make the audience part of the show. For more information, call 608-388-7400.


Sportsman's Range offering events in June

June activities are set at Fort McCoy's Sportsman's Range for eligible patrons.

A 100-bird stand shoot will be held June 15; a two-person, six-week Trap/Skeet League begins June 17; a three-gun shoot will be held June 22; and a 100-bird progressive trap shoot will be held June 29.

For details about times, rules, fees, eligibility, etc., visit the website, or call 608-388-3517.


Arts, crafts submission deadline for Army competition June 30

The Army Arts & Crafts Contest will accept submissions until June 30.

Submissions must be entered in Group I (novice) or Group II (accomplished), based on the experience level of the artist. The contest is open to all ages.

Categories include ceramics, drawings, fibers and textiles, glass, metals and jewelry, digital art, mixed media, paintings and wood.

All authorized Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons with an Army Knowledge Online e-mail account are eligible to enter the contest.

For more information, including eligibility, rules, and submission guidelines, visit the website


McCoy fall quota hunting applications available

Applications for the 2013 Fort McCoy fall quota deer and turkey hunts are available. Applications must be received in the Permit Sales Office, building 2168, or postmarked by the Friday, June 14 deadline.

The 2013 Gun-Deer hunting season will run from Nov. 23 through Dec. 1. Fall turkey and Cantonment archery seasons begin Sept. 14.

The application materials can be downloaded from the Fort McCoy public website at by going to the hunting and fishing section. Applications also can be requested by sending an e-mail request to Printed application materials are available at the Visitor Control Center, building 35, or the Permit Sales Office.

Applicants will need a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) customer number to apply. If they don't have one, WDNR customer numbers can be obtained at a WDNR Service Center or by calling toll free to 888-936-7463.

Applications that do not have a WDNR customer number will be returned. Payment is not required when submitting applications.

Successful applicants will be notified by mail and can purchase their deer or turkey permits through the WDNR Automated License Issuance System (ALIS). Fort McCoy has ALIS equipment at Pine View Campground, building 8053, for public use or at the Exchange, building 1538, for military use.

The Permit Sales Office is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or can be reached at 608-388-3337.

The Visitor Control Center is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.