Fort McCoy News December 13, 2013

News Notes

McCoy offices, facilities to close during holidays

Most Fort McCoy offices and facilities will be closed Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25 and New Year's Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1.

Many will also be closed Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24 and New Year's Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31.

Dining Facility 50 will remain closed through dinner Jan. 2.

Anyone planning to use facilities or visit offices at the installation during the holidays is encouraged to call ahead of time to verify hours.

 

Next issue of The Real McCoy set for Jan. 10, 2014

The next issue of The Real McCoy will be published Jan. 10, 2014, with a deadline date for submissions being Dec. 31.

The Real McCoy is published on the second and fourth Fridays of each month, except for December.

Submissions are required the Wednesday of the week prior to publication unless impacted by a federal holiday. To submit items for consideration in The Real McCoy, call the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office (PAO) prior to submission at 608-388-4128/2769.

All submissions must include the name of the writer and/or photographer and complete contact information.

PAO staff reserves the right to verify the clearance of stories/photos, determine suitability for publication and to edit material to match the Associated Press Stylebook standards, etc.

Submissions can be emailed to usarmy.mccoy.imcom-central.list.pao-admin@mail.mil, mailed to the Public Affairs Office, 100 E. Headquarters Road, Fort McCoy, WI 54656-5263 or brought to the Fort McCoy PAO, building 100. For information about placing ads, contact the River Valley Newspaper Group at 608-374-7786.

 

Combined Federal Campaign drive to end Dec. 20

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) at Fort McCoy will continue until Friday, Dec. 20.

For more information, call the Fort McCoy CFC chairperson, Lisa Perry, at 608-388-4889 or e-mail lisa.m.perry46.civ@mail.mil.

 

Registration underway for McCoy volleyball, basketball leagues

Registration for Fort McCoy's volleyball and basketball leagues is underway. League play is held at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

The leagues are free and open to all authorized fitness center patrons who are at least 16 years old. Patrons can sign up as individuals or teams. A minimum of four teams are required for each league. Registration is required by Jan. 3.

The volleyball league will play Wednesdays, starting Jan. 8, at 5:15, 6:15 and 7:15 p.m.

The basketball league will play Tuesdays, starting Jan. 7, at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

For more information or to register, visit the fitness center or call 608-388-2290.

 

DTS TDY Documents class offered Dec. 18-19 at Fort McCoy

A Defense Travel System (DTS) Temporary Duty (TDY) Documents class will be offered by the Fort McCoy Defense Finance and Accounting Service Lead Defense Travel Administrator Dec. 18-19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in building 50, Distance Learning classroom 3. The class is open to military and Department of Defense civilian personnel.

This two-day 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. Attendees will receive hand-on experience by creating authorizations and vouchers using the DTS Training Database.

This class is designed for new and intermediate DTS users.

Register by 3 p.m. Dec. 13 by emailing name, unit, and phone number to mary.j.richmondstremcha.civ@mail.mil. Class size is limited.

For more information, call 608-388-6299.

 

Frosty Foot treadmill race set for Dec. 19 at fitness center

The Frosty Foot treadmill race will be held Thursday, Dec. 19 at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122. Runners can participate throughout the day from 5 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Participants will run 3 miles on a treadmill and have their completion time recorded. Prizes will be awarded to the male and female finishers with the fastest time.

All participants will receive a free tubing pass. There is no entry fee.

Register at the fitness center or by calling 608-388-2290.

 

Pine View Campground to begin accepting reservations for 2015

Fort McCoy's Pine View Campground soon will be accepting reservations for 2015. Customers who are military ID card holders can make reservations beginning Dec. 26 by calling 608-388-3517.

Reservations will be accepted by all others beginning Jan. 2.

Online reservations will be available Jan. 2 using the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Webtrac site, https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/mccoyrectrac.html.

First-time users will need to establish an account user name and password by calling 800-531-4703 or 608-388-3517 or emailing usarmy.mccoy.imcom-fmwrc.list.dfmwr-recadmin@mail.mil.

After the account is set up, log in to make reservations, print receipts, reserve equipment and more.
Reservations made via the web require full payment at the time of reservation. Phone reservations require a deposit of 50 percent.

Full payment must be received within 10 days of making a reservation or the site will be released.

 

AFTB Instructor Trainer course set for January at Fort McCoy

An Army Family Team Building (AFTB) Instructor Trainer course will be held Jan. 13-17. The course meets from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day except Jan. 16 when the training will be from 1 to 3 p.m.

All sessions will be held at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

This course provides a fun environment to gain the skills to become effective instructors, as well as techniques to overcome the fears of public speaking.

Topics will include introduction to effective instructors, platform skills, the adult learner, managing the learning environment, methods of instruction, the preparation process, and speaking on your feet. Participants also will be required to give a 10-minute presentation as part of the course.

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

 

Central Issue Facility to close Jan. 13-19 for inventory

The Fort McCoy Central Issue Facility (CIF), building 2142, will be closed Jan. 13-19 for a 100 percent semiannual inventory as mandated by Army regulations.

All emergency requests for CIF support will be approved by the CIF Property Book Officer, Thomas Lovgren, at 608-388-5275 or cell 608-630-5595.

 

March, April lodging specials at Pine View

Pine View Campground is offering a buy one night, get one night free special on cabins, duplexes, yurts, on-site campers and campsites.

The offer is valid on reservations made for stays in March and April 2014.

The nights must be consecutive. To receive the special, call 608-388-3517 or 800-531-4703.

The Campground is open to the public. Outdoor Fort McCoy activities, in season, include downhill skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, fishing and a gun/archery range (group reservations only).

 

Recreational Lodging available at McCoy for eligible patrons

The Fort McCoy Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation has Recreational Lodging rooms available for rent at the installation for authorized patrons.

Rooms are available for $300 per month, with a minimum 30-day stay.

Rooms include a shared bathroom, furnishings, refrigerators and basic cable.

A common kitchen and laundry room also are available.

Occupants must provide their own TVs, bed linens/pillows and towels.

For more information, including eligibility and reservations, call 608-388-3841 or visit the website www.mccoymwr.com/home/recreational-lodging.html.

 

VA warns of marketing scam targeting veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. (American Forces Press Service) — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently posted an alert on its Facebook page warning of a marketing scam targeting veterans.

A marketing company has purchased telephone numbers that differ by one digit from the VA's national call center and the GI Bill call center.

Callers who misdial and reach the fraudulent numbers will be offered a gift card in exchange for personal and financial information — including credit card information.

According to the warning, after the caller's information is obtained, they may even be transferred to the VA number they were attempting to reach.

The VA will never ask for credit card or banking information over the phone.

Law enforcement authorities have been notified of the situation.

The VA's national call center number is 800-827-1000.

The GI Bill call center's number is 888-442-4551.

VA's customer service numbers can be verified online at https://iris.custhelp.com/.