Fort McCoy News August 09, 2013

News Notes

Tickets available for Aug. 14 concert at Fort McCoy

Tickets are available for Fort McCoy's Aug. 14 concert featuring Styx, 38 Special and Grand Funk Railroad at Constitution Park.

The concert is presented by U.S. Army Entertainment and Fort McCoy's Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

Tickets are $30 and are available for purchase at Ace Hardware in Tomah and La Crosse; Market Bar, Sparta; and on post at McCoy's, building 1571; Pine View Campground, building 8053; and the Community Activity Center, building 2000.

Tickets will be $35 the day of the concert. Tickets are subject to availability.

For more information about the concert at Fort McCoy, call the Concert Hotline at 877-864-4969 or visit the Fort McCoy Morale, Welfare and Recreation website at


Disabled hunters: Applications for special October hunt available

Disabled hunters can apply now for permits for the Oct. 5-6 special gun-deer hunt at Fort McCoy. Applications will be accepted until Monday, Sept. 9.

The annual hunt is open to individuals with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Category A, B, C or D permits.

For an application or more information, call the Fort McCoy Permit Sales office, building 2168, at 608-388-3337 or visit the website


Explosive Power in Volunteerism seminar set for Aug. 20

Stan Reynolds will present "T&T (Time & Team) — Explosive Power in Volunteerism," Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571.

Reynolds, an award-winning Toastmasters speaker, uses an interactive, entertaining approach to the power of volunteerism.

He tells a story about community, hope, compassion and working together to improve the community.

Reynolds will be available after the presentation for open discussion during lunch. Lunch is available for purchase.

For more information, call 608-388-3505.


Back-to-school bash Aug. 20 at Youth Center

Family members in the Fort McCoy community eligible to attend School Age and Youth Services programs are welcome to participate in a "Get Back in the Groove" back-to-school bash Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at building 1751.

Youth should be in grades kindergarten through 12 and be attending school in the fall. The event will feature an open house, including a free school supply giveaway, snacks, and some fun games.

Information about the Fort McCoy After-School Program also will be available.

Youth are encouraged to wear their "grooviest clothes" and join Child, Youth and School Services staff for a fun afternoon.

For more information, call 608-388-4373.


Defense Travel System class set for Aug. 21-22

The following Defense Travel System (DTS) class will be taught by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) Lead Defense Travel Administrator (DTA) at Fort McCoy. Classes are held in building 50, room DL3.

Aug 21-22: DTS TDY (temporary duty) Documents, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This two-day class explains how to create TDY authorizations and vouchers for active-duty, civilian, and Reserve travelers.

The class topics are: DTS Definitions; Travel Policy; Navigating DTS; Authorizations; and Vouchers.

In addition, this class provides hands-on experience by creating authorizations and vouchers using the DTS Training Data Base. This class is for beginners and intermediate DTS users.

The class is open to military and Department of Defense civilian personnel. Register no later than three workdays prior to the class start date. Class sizes are limited.

To register, e-mail name, unit, phone number, and class to For more information, call 608-388-6299.


Financial Management 101: Budgets focus of Aug. 22 class

Part two of the class Financial Management 101 will be held Thursday, Aug. 22 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

This portion of the three-part series will cover financial budgets. Participants will learn how to develop short- and long-term goals, budget format and planning, and determine military permanent change of station moving expenses. The class also will cover whether participants should buy or rent a home based on their budget and how to determine their overall net worth.

Register for this class by Wednesday, Aug 21 by calling 608-388-3505.

Attendance at all three classes is not required.


Love Languages seminar presented Aug. 27 at McCoy's

A "Discovering the Love Languages in Your Relationship" seminar will be presented to members of the Fort McCoy community Tuesday, Aug. 27 from 5 to 9 p.m. at McCoy's, building 1571.

By better understanding each other, couples can learn how to constructively communicate about tough and sensitive topics. Participants also will receive tips and strategies on what they can do differently to have more closeness, intimacy and fun together.

Participants can attend as a couple or individually.

The seminar will be presented by Dan Benavides, a licensed clinical social worker.

Register by Tuesday, Aug. 20 by calling 608-388-3505. Dinner will be available for purchase from 5 to 6 p.m., and the program will begin at 6 p.m.


Firewood cutting begins in McCoy training areas Sept. 1

The firewood-cutting season for designated training areas at Fort McCoy begins Sept. 1 and continues through April 15, 2014.

Permits are required. Permits can be purchased through the Fort McCoy Directorate of Public Works Natural Resources Branch, building 2168. Office hours are weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A daily permit is $10, and a monthly permit is $50.

Maps of designated harvesting and quarantined areas as well as complete firewood-cutting regulations are available.

Permit holders can collect and haul an unlimited amount of wood during daylight hours. Fort McCoy firewood permits are nontransferable and nonrefundable.

Permit holders are limited to one vehicle. Trailers smaller than a semi tractor and trailer may be used.

Firewood can be collected only in designated areas when there is no military training in the area.

For information about areas closed to firewood cutting, call the GAME Line at 608-388-GAME (4263).

Permits for collecting firewood in the Cantonment Area and the stump-disposal area on South Post are available year-round.

For more information, call 608-388-3337/5584.


After-School Programbegins Sept. 3 at Fort McCoy

Fort McCoy's Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) program will offer an After-School Program, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3.

The service is open to eligible youth in grades kindergarten through 12 and will run until 5:30 p.m. school nights. Nonschool day service also will be

available. For more information, call CYSS at 608-388-4373.


Retiree Appreciation Day set for Sept. 6 at Fort McCoy

A military Retiree Appreciation Day will be held at Fort McCoy Friday, Sept. 6 from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.; sign in starts at 7 a.m. at building 905. Retirees from all branches of the armed forces and their Family members are eligible to attend.

Retiree Appreciation Day is an opportunity for all armed forces retirees, spouses, widows and/or guests to receive updated information about retiree entitlement programs.

Photo identification is required for all personnel to access Fort McCoy.

Lunch is available for purchase on the installation.

Pre-registration is required and must be accomplished by Aug. 29.

The registration form, available online at, contains detailed information about the event. Direct questions to 608-388-3716 or 800-452-0923.

The registration form also contains a complete listing of Retiree Appreciation Day events being held throughout the Midwest.


Commemorative Area to be open Sept. 6

Fort McCoy's Commemorative Area will be open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. There is no charge for admission.

The picturesque setting helps to tell the unique history of Fort McCoy. The area includes the History Center, five World War II-era buildings, an Equipment Park, and Veterans Memorial Plaza.

Guests must enter the installation through the Main Gate off of Highway 21 between Sparta and Tomah, Wis.

Adults must be prepared to present photo identification.

Public Affairs staff will be on site to answer questions. For details, call 608-388-2407.


Army Entertainment accepting applications for 2014 season

Army Entertainment is seeking technicians and performers for the 2014 U.S. Army Soldier Show and Army Concert Tour. Nominations are due to Army Entertainment by Nov. 1.

Recruitment is open to all Soldiers — active, Reserve and Guard — with sufficient time in service remaining and who can be deployed worldwide.

Video auditions and technical review will take place mid-January 2014 and finalists will be notified by Army Entertainment.

Soldiers selected for 2014 Army Entertainment programs must have change of duty or change of rater evaluation reports completed prior to departure from the parent unit.

For more information or to submit an application visit the website