Fort McCoy News Oct. 23, 2015

News Notes

2015 Red Ribbon Week observed Oct. 23-31

Red Ribbon Week has been celebrated at the end of October every year since 1988 as a way to raise awareness and help people show their support of a drug-free lifestyle.

It is celebrated by the general public, and the Department of Defense has fully supported and participated in it for close to the entire 17 years. The 2015 theme is "Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free."

Displays will be set up throughout the installation. Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) staff members also will reach out to children enrolled in Fort McCoy Child, Youth & School Services programs. Community members are asked to support the campaign and show support for a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

The Army is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of its Soldiers, civilians, and Family members. This includes appropriate responses to antidrug policies in the military, as well as any drug misuse/abuse of illicit, prescription, or over-the-counter drugs.

For more information, contact the installation ASAP office at 608-388-2441/5955.

 

Halloween walk/run scheduled for Oct. 30

A costumed 1-mile walk/relay run is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 30, at 11:30 a.m. at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

All participants must wear Halloween costumes. Runners and walkers compete in three-person teams. Walkers must start and finish the race as a team. Runners participate in a relay race.

The fastest relay and walking teams, as well as the team with the best costumes, receive prizes. The event is free and open to all eligible Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons. Registration is required by 11 a.m. Oct. 30 at Rumpel Fitness Center.

For more information, call 608-388-2290.

 

Fitness center hosts pumpkin pool party

The Great Pumpkin Pool Party is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

The event features miniature pumpkin decorating, an underwater scavenger hunt, a Halloween movie, cookies and punch, and swimming in a glowing pumpkin patch. The event costs $5 per person and is open to all eligible Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons. Advance registration is not required.

For more information, call 608-388-2290.

 

Daylight Saving Time ends Nov. 1

Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 1, at 2 a.m. Central Standard Time resumes on this day.

People are encouraged to turn clocks back one hour the evening of Saturday, Oct. 31.

This also is a good time to check the operability of smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers. For more information about fire safety in the Fort McCoy community, call 608-388-4077.

 

Veterinary clinic planned Nov. 4

A pet-vaccination clinic is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at building 806.

The Great Lakes Veterinary Treatment Facility will provide services. For dogs, the facility offers rabies, DAPP-L, bordetella, and Lyme disease vaccination; microchip implantation; flea, tick, and heartworm prevention; and heartworm/tick-borne disease and intestinal-parasite testing. For cats, the facility offers rabies, FVRCP, and leukemia vaccines; microchip implantation; flea, tick, and heartworm prevention; and FIV/FeLV and intestinal-parasite testing.

Customers should bring vaccine records and a same-day stool sample for testing. Cash and check payments are accepted.

The clinic is open to military members, retirees, and Family members with valid identification cards. For more information or to pre-register a pet, call 847-688-5740, extension 4.

 

'Get a Financial Grip' with Nov. 4 ACS class

A class designed to help the consumer understand credit bureaus and collection practices is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111.

The training is designed for classroom participation, so participants should plan to share examples of how they took control of a purchase (such as an appliance, furniture, car or even a house).

ACS events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. For more information or to register, call 608-388-3505.

 

Defense Travel System classes scheduled for November

Two classes on the Defense Travel System (DTS) are scheduled for November.

A two-day class on the Defense Travel System (DTS) will be offered Nov. 4-5 at Fort McCoy. The Defense Finance and Accounting Service lead DTS administrator will conduct the sessions from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in building 50, room DL3.

The class explains how to create temporary-duty (TDY) authorizations and vouchers for active-duty, civilian, and Reserve travelers. The class also provides hands-on experience in creating authorizations and vouchers using the DTS training database.
Beginner and intermediate DTS users are welcome. Registration is required by Thursday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m. The class is open to military members and Department of Defense civilians.

The second class, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, will cover the DTS approval process and travel policy. The class explains the steps required to approve DTS documents.

Prior completion of the DTS TDY documents class is highly recommended. The class is for reviewing or approving officials. Register by Thursday, Nov. 5, at 3 p.m.

Class sizes are limited. To register, email your name, unit, class, and phone number to mary.j.richmondstremcha.civ@mail.mil.
For details, call 608-388-6299.

 

Veterans Day prayer luncheon scheduled for Nov. 5

The Religious Support Office's Veterans Day Prayer Luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571.

The guest speaker is the Rt. Rev. William J. Lambert, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Eau Claire, Wis., and a retired Navy chaplain.

Lunch is provided by the Chaplain's Office. The event is open to the Fort McCoy community but limited to the first 120 people. Reservations are required by Wednesday, Nov 4. To register, contact Eve Bean by phone at 608-388-3528 or by email at eve.e.bean.civ@mail.mil.

 

Dodgeball tournament scheduled for Nov. 5

A dodgeball tournament is planned for Thursday, Nov. 5, starting at 4:30 p.m. at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

The tournament is single elimination in three-game matches. Five people are required for a team. The tournament is open to eligible Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons who are at least 18 years old. The first-place team will win prizes. There is no cost. Teams must register at Rumpel Fitness Center by Nov. 4.

For more information, call 608-388-2290.

 

Family painting workshops scheduled for Nov. 7, 14, 21

Family painting workshops are scheduled for Nov. 7, 14, and 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in building 2161.

Army Community Service is hosting the workshops in honor of military Families. Participants will get a chance to spend time with loved ones and create works of art. All art supplies are included, and instruction will be provided. Participants may reserve a time slot at any point during workshop hours but need to allow three to four hours to complete their projects.

The workshop is open to military members, retirees, and their Families. Class sizes are limited, and registration is required by Friday, Oct. 30. Department of Defense civilians will be allowed to participate if space is available.

For more information or to reserve spots, call 608-388-6507.

 

Sight-in novelty shoots at range Nov. 7, 14

Fort McCoy's Sportsman's Range is offering novelty shoots Saturday, Nov. 7 and 14.

The contest is intended for hunters and shooters who come to sight-in rifles, but anyone eligible to shoot at the range may enter. It costs $1 per attempt. Participants who successfully complete the challenge are entered into a raffle. Participants may register at the range on the day they shoot. The contest is open during normal range hours, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and 14.

Call 608-388-9162 for details.

 

Auto Skills Center hosts "Winterwise" workshop

The Automotive Skills Center is hosting a "Winterwise" auto workshop Friday, Nov. 13.

Staff members will be on hand during the workshop to help participants prepare their vehicles for wintry weather. It lasts from 1-9 p.m. Participants may come at any time during workshop hours but should allow about 1 ½ hours to complete the checklist.

The workshop is open to anyone eligible to use the Automotive Skills Center. No advance registration is required. There is no extra cost for the workshop, but regular Automotive Skills Center fees apply.

For more information, call 608-388-3013.

 

Health Benefits Fair set for Nov. 16

The Health Benefits Fair is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in building 2187, room 120.
Representatives with Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Government Employees Health Association, and the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program will attend the fair. Materials will be available from other companies, too.

Additional materials and pamphlets will be available after the fair in the lobby of building 2187 for people unable to attend.
The 2016 Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program open season is Monday, Nov. 9, through Monday, Dec. 14. Rates are announced in October before open season begins. When posted, 2016 rates will be available at www.opm.gov/openseason. Starting in 2016, all FEHB plans will offer Self Only, Self Plus One, and Self and Family enrollment types.

Self Plus One is a new enrollment type allowing coverage for an employee and one eligible Family member. Employees and annuitants will be able to select a Self Plus One enrollment beginning in the 2015 open season.

For more information about the health fair, call 608-388-3019. For more information about health benefits, go online to https://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/.

 

Ho-Chunk Nation to give Nov. 19 presentation

Fort McCoy's observance of Native American Heritage Month is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571.

November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to honor the ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. The Ho-Chunk Nation will give a presentation on Native American culture.

For more information, call the Equal Opportunity adviser at 608-388-8994.

 

Early bird specials available on Whitetail Ridge season passes

Fort McCoy's Whitetail Ridge Ski Area will offer early bird specials on 2015-2016 season passes starting Monday, Nov. 2.

A season pass costs $130 for military — active duty, Reserve, National Guard, and retired — and Department of Defense (DOD) personnel. Each additional military/DOD Family member can buy a season pass for $65. Season passes for cross-country and downhill ski-equipment rental cost $105.

The general public can purchase season passes for $160 and $70 for each additional Family member. Season passes for cross-country and downhill ski-equipment rental for the public cost $135. The season passes are available for purchase at Pine View Campground Office, building 8053, until Dec. 22.

Whitetail Ridge tentatively is scheduled to open Dec. 19 and close mid-March, weather permitting. Activities available include downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.

For more information, call 608-388-3517 or go online to http://mccoy.armymwr.com/us/mccoy/programs/whitetail-ridge-ski-area/.

 

Sportsman's Range offers early bird specials

Fort McCoy's Sportsman's Range will offer early bird specials on 2016 season passes during November.

Current range members will receive half off the regular membership prices. An annual Family membership will cost $50, and a membership for an individual military member or Department of Defense (DOD) civilian will cost $30.

Those attending Member's Appreciation Day Friday, Nov. 20, will receive an additional $5 off any 2016 range membership.

Anyone who is not currently a member of the range and purchases a 2016 annual pass will receive $20 off the price during November. An annual Family membership will cost $80, and a membership for an individual military member or DOD civilian will cost $40.

The range will close for the season Nov. 20.

For more information, call 608-388-9162.

 

Equal Opportunity office moves to building 2111

The office of the Equal Opportunity adviser has moved. The office can now be found in room J in building 2111, which also houses Army Community Service.

The Equal Opportunity adviser's role is to provide information, assistance, and advice on all equal opportunity matters to the commander, commanding general, commanding officer, and/or Soldiers.

The new phone number is 608-388-8994.