Fort McCoy News September 12, 2014

News Notes

Recreation Center closes for season Sept. 27

The Recreation Center, located in building 2000, closes for the season Saturday, Sept. 27. The facility will reopen on April 1, 2015.

Leisure Travel Services will be relocated to the Rumpel Fitness Center. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The MWR Car Wash and Automotive Skills Center will remain open.

 

Postal substation closes

The Sparta U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Substation located at the northern end of building 1654 on Fort McCoy closed effective Aug. 29.

The operation was not part of U.S. Army Garrison-Fort McCoy, but operated as a tenant contractor providing "personal mail" service (not official government mail service) on Fort McCoy. The services provided by the substation included sales of stamps and money orders and mailing of personal mail and packages.

The Sparta USPS has been unable to find anyone to assume the USPS Substation contract on Fort McCoy. Stamps can be purchased at the Exchange. Personal packages must be mailed from the Sparta or Tomah U.S. Post Offices.

U.S. Army Garrison–Fort McCoy "official mail" operations continue as usual. This includes daily delivery/pick up of official mail at 43 locations on the installation, and operating a service window in building 1654.

For more information, call 608-388-4222.

 

Big Buck Contest begins Sept. 12 at Sportsman's Range

Fort McCoy's Sportsman's Range Big Buck Contest begins Friday, Sept. 12, to coincide with the beginning of the Wisconsin state archery and crossbow season for deer.

Deer will be judged by the number of antler points. The deer with the most points wins. In the case of a tie the outside spread will be used as the tie breaker. A prize will be awarded to the hunter with the top overall buck.

The contest entry fee is $10. All eligible users of Sportsman's Range may enter.

For eligibility information, call 608-388-3517, or visit the website www.mccoymwr.com/home/sportsman-s-range.html.

Deer do not have to be from Fort McCoy but must be entered for the contest at Pine View Campground or the Sportsman's Range.

For more information, call 608-388-3517.

 

Day for Kids Fun Run, other activities set for Sept. 13

Fort McCoy's 'Day for Kids' event will be held Saturday, Sept. 13 at South Post Housing's Patriot Park. The event is free and open to all Fort McCoy Families.

Youth ages 3 to18 are invited to join in on the Fun Run. Free Fun Run shirts are available on a limited basis to participants. The run begins at 9 a.m. and the remaining Day for Kids activities are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Activities include activity/informational booths by various installation organizations, door prizes, tennis activities and inflatable games.

For more information, call the School Age/Youth Center at 608-388-4373.

 

Sparta vs. Fort McCoy in softball game Sept. 14

Fort McCoy Soldiers will play softball against a team from Sparta on Sunday, Sept. 14 beginning at 2 p.m. at Constitution Park.

The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation will have concessions for sale during the game.

The Fort McCoy community is invited to come out and enjoy a Sunday afternoon cheering on the Fort McCoy softball team.

 

Budgeting, bills training set for Sept. 16 at ACS

A budgeting and bills training class will be held Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, building 2111.

During this training opportunity, participants will dig into their monthly expenditures, both fixed and flexible spending. They will learn to track monthly bills, see where they are spending, and they'll find ways to manage spending habits and increase savings.

Participants are asked to bring in a list of all monthly expenditures so they can add them to the "Bill Tracker" book they will receive during training. Privacy will be retained by all attendees, no attendee will be asked to reveal any personal information.

Register for the training by calling ACS at 608-388-3505.

 

National POW/MIA Recognition Day to be observed Sept. 19 at Tomah VA Medical Center

National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Recognition Day will be observed Friday, Sept. 19.

This annual event honors prisoners of war and missing service members, their Families, and highlights the government's commitment to account for them.

This day was established by the passage of Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act. It is one of six days that the POW/MIA Flag can be flown.

The Tomah Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center will commemorate POW/MIA Recognition Day with a ceremony Friday, Sept. 19 at 1 p.m. in the chapel.

Staff Sgt. David G. Moseley, human resources sergeant, 1st, 338th Training Support Battalion, 181st Infantry Brigade of Fort McCoy will be the guest speaker.

The event is open to the public.

For more information about this event, contact the Tomah VA Public Affairs at 608-372-7759.

For more information about the National POW/MIA Recognition Day, visit the Defense POW/MIA website at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo.

 

Mixed bowling league meeting planned for Sept. 22

People interested in participating in a Monday night mixed bowling league on Fort McCoy are invited to attend the league meeting Monday, Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571.

During the meeting, nominations and elections of league officers will be made. Also, season dates, rules and regulations will be determined. League bowling tentatively will begin Oct. 6, and the season will include 20 matches.

For more information about the meeting or the league, call 608-388-2065.

 

Fort McCoy Safety Day set for Sept. 24

The installation community is invited to attend Fort McCoy Safety Day set for Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in building 905.

More than 20 on- and off-post agencies will be represented at the event. Numerous safety topics will be covered, including bow hunting safety, all-terrain vehicle and snowmobile safety, highway and driving safety, physical and spiritual health, office ergonomic equipment and chairs, gun safety, identification of poisonous plants and more. There also will be various demonstrations such as how fuel and oil spills affect water sources, and types of treatments needed to purify the water.

Food and beverage items will be available for purchase on site as well, furnished by the Express.

Safety Day activities are coordinated by the Installation Safety Office. For more information, call 608-388-3403.

 

A&E Amnesty Day set for Sept. 24

The Fort McCoy Ammunition and Explosives (A&E) Amnesty Day will be held Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a specially designated collection point at the old C-130 training site located on the south side of Highway 21 between the Main Gate and Gate 15 (Tomah Gate). Signs will be displayed on Highway 21 to guide personnel to the exact location. The Fort McCoy Ammunition Supply Point, which is the location normally used for ammunition amnesty, will not be the collection point on this day.

The event is defined in Army Regulation 710-2 and Department of the Army Pamphlet (DA Pam) 710-2-1. This is an anonymous process and may be used without fear of penalty or prosecution. The A&E Amnesty Program allows personnel to turn in any military A&E in their possession — stolen, found, forgotten — that they're not legally allowed to have. The amnesty process gets the material back into the proper supply channels.

Explosive safety personnel will be accepting amnesty turn-in during the event. No questions will be asked of the person turning in the military A&E, nor will there be any record made of who turned in the A&E.

For military A&E found on the installation that could be unsafe to handle or transport, please contact Fort McCoy's Installation Safety Office at 608-388-3403 to arrange safe removal of the military A&E by technically qualified personnel. Potentially unsafe munitions can include a hand grenade without a pin, a fired munition that has a fuze, or a munition that might be exuding explosive material. Off-post, personnel should contact local law enforcement to handle these hazardous situations.

Ammunition amnesty does not apply to units or organizations that have been issued A&E, the proper supply process to complete a normal turn in must be used.

 

DTS classes available at Fort McCoy

Upcoming Defense Travel System (DTS) classes at Fort McCoy will be held by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service lead defense travel administrator (DTA) at building 50, Distance Learning classroom 3.

The DTS Approval Process and Travel Policy class is Sept. 24 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The class explains the steps to approve DTS documents. Completion of the DTS TDY Documents class is highly suggested prior to attending. This class is for reviewing or approving officials. Registration is required by 3 p.m. Sept. 19.

The DTS Temporary Duty (TDY) Documents class is Oct. 8-9 from 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. Attendees will receive hands-on experience by creating authorizations and vouchers using the DTS training database. The class is designed for new and intermediate DTS users. Registration is required by 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3.

To register, email name, unit, phone number and class to mary.j.richmondstremcha.civ@mail.mil. Class sizes are limited.
For more information, call 608-388-6299. The classes are open to military and Department of Defense civilian personnel.

 

Fort McCoy Hispanic Heritage Month observance set for Sept. 25

Filmmaker Noemi Figueroa Soulet will be the guest speaker for the Fort McCoy Hispanic Heritage Month observance Sept. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571.

Soulet's film, The Borinqueneers, will play for the first hour of the observance starting at 11:30 a.m. A 30-minute question and answer session will follow.

The Borinqueneers is a documentary film narrated by the acclaimed actor Hector Elizondo and chronicles the history of the all-Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment — the only Hispanic-segregated unit in Army history — and its significant participation during the Korean War. The award-winning film has been presented nationally on PBS in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and on the Armed Forces Network to more than 850,000 U.S. troops overseas.

The film currently is being shown on the Pentagon Channel. Screenings also have taken place, nationally and internationally, at film festivals, community organizations, universities and at military installations. In June, President Barack Obama awarded The Borinqueneers with the Congressional Gold Medal.

For more information about the observance, contact Master Sgt. Matthew Fitzgibbons at 608-388-3246.

 

3-gun shoot competition at Sportsman's Range

A three-gun shoot competition will be held Saturday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. at Fort McCoy's Sportsman's Range.

Participants will shoot three courses of fire. Each stage will be judged on speed and accuracy. Prizes will be awarded to the top finisher in each of the following categories: open, tactical scoped, tactical irons and heavy metal.

The event is open to all authorized users of the facility. The entry fee is $20. Register at the Sportsman's Range or at Pine View Campground, building 8053.

Shotgun and rifles that are available for rent at the range must use ammunition purchased at the range.

Prizes will be awarded to the top finisher in each division. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

For more information, call 608-388-3200.

 

Sportsman's Range shooting competition planned for Oct. 17-19

Fort McCoy's Sportsman's Range will hold a shooting competition Oct. 17-19.

The three-day competition will include a combat pistol course, M-16 qualification, mid-range shoot, long-range team event and a three-gun shoot.

For more information, call 608-388-3200.

 

TRICARE Nurse Advice Line a back-to-school resource

During and after back-to-school season, parents have many 'to-do' items. As they prepare to send children back to school, or as they ramp up for another year of homeschooling efforts, keep in mind that TRICARE provides several resources to help parents keep their Families healthy. Aches, pains and fevers can put a damper on the learning experience, and sniffles and sore throats can send children home from school early. Contact TRICARE's Nurse Advice Line (NAL) at 1-800-874-2273, option 1, for advice on what to do.

The NAL helps customers access the right type of care at the right time. To learn more about the services the NAL offers, visit www.TRICARE.mil/NAL. For more information on preparing for the back to school season with TRICARE, visit www.TRICARE.mil/backtoschool.