Fort McCoy News Nov. 13, 2015

News Notes

Fort McCoy parents reminded to fill out Impact Aid Survey

Impact Aid Survey forms have been sent home with students in the Tomah Area and Sparta Area school districts. The Impact Aid Program is designed to directly compensate local school districts for "federally connected" students, such as children who reside on military bases, in low-rent housing properties, on Native American lands, or on other federal properties or who have parents in the armed services or employed at eligible federal properties.

Parents need to fill out a form for each child who attends school in the Sparta Area or Tomah Area school districts. Each section needs to be filled out completely and signed and dated by a parent or guardian. Districts cannot count a child for funding if the form is not both signed and dated. Parents should complete and return the surveys to their children's schools as soon as possible. School districts will accept forms through December.

For more information, call the Tomah Area or Sparta Area school district offices or 608-388-6814.

 

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 presentation moved to Nov. 20

Fort McCoy's observance of Native American Heritage Month has been rescheduled for Friday, Nov. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571.

Robert J. Mann of the Ho-Chunk Nation's Division of Veterans Affairs will be the guest speaker. November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to honor the ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.

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

 

2015-16 UPL training dates set at Fort McCoy

Dates are set for Unit Prevention Leader (UPL) training, offered through the Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) and 88th Regional Support Command, for fiscal year 2016.

The course is required for newly assigned UPLs. Unit UPLs conduct drug-testing collections, provide alcohol and other illicit-drug awareness training, and assist their commanders as subject-matter experts in running and maintaining drug-testing and prevention programs. The course includes training on drugs and alcohol, biochemical testing, and substance-abuse prevention.

Fiscal year 2016 classes are scheduled for Dec. 7-11, 2015; Feb. 22-26, 2016; April 18-22; June 20-24; July 18-22; and Aug. 15-19.

The classes will be in building 1344 at the ASAP office. Class times will be sent to participants when registering. Soldiers should register at least a week before each class starts, but additional Soldiers will be accepted if space is still available.

To register, contact Michelle Bourman by phone at 608-388-5955 or by email at michelle.l.bourman.civ@mail.mil, or Gary Talbot by phone at 608-388-0457 or by email at gary.e.talbot.civ@mail.mil.

 

Fitness center's Fowl 5K scheduled for Nov. 18

The Fowl 5K race is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

The entry fee is $15. The first 25 people to register will receive T-shirts. Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female runners. The race is open to Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation-eligible patrons.

For more information, call 608-388-2290.

 

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. Family memberships for up to four people cost $50, individual memberships for military members or Department of Defense (DOD) civilians cost $30, and individual memberships for other authorized patrons cost $40.

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. Family memberships for up to four people cost $80, individual memberships for military members or Department of Defense (DOD) civilians cost $40, and individual memberships for other authorized patrons cost $60.

Membership benefits comprise discounts on range events, leagues, and courses; no daily range fees; reduced rental rates; preference on member-designated lanes; reduced fees on federal firearms license transfers; and access to the archery range outside of normal operating hours.

The range will close for the season Nov. 20.

For more information on the specials and who qualifies as an authorized patron, call 608-388-9162.

 

Big Buck Contest runs Nov. 22-29

Fort McCoy's Sportsman's Range Big Buck Contest begins Sunday, Nov. 22, to coincide with the beginning of the Wisconsin gun deer season.

Deer are judged by the number of antler points. The deer with the most points wins. The outside spread will be used as a tiebreaker if needed. Half of the prize pool will be awarded to the hunter with the top overall buck.

The contest entry fee is $10. The contest is open to anyone hunting deer on Fort McCoy property. Participants must register by Nov. 21. Deer must be brought to Pine View Campground by Sunday, Nov. 29, for judging.

For more information, call 608-388-3517.

 

Holiday card workshop scheduled for Dec. 5

A Family Christmas card workshop is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5, at building 2161, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Families may reserve up to three hours of time to create personalized holiday greeting cards. Registration is required by Wednesday, Nov. 25. Supplies will be furnished. Class sizes are limited, and Family groups must consist of at least one adult and one child.

Army Community Service events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. For more information or to register, call 608-388-6507.

 

ACS classes offer methods to beat holiday stress

Two classes on overcoming stress during the holiday season will be offered Monday, Dec. 7, at Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111.

The Army Family Team Building staff will explore methods to battle stressors during the holidays. Participants can attend a 9-10:30 a.m. session or a 1-2:30 p.m. session. Registration is required by Monday, Nov. 30.

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.

 

Christmas tree lighting scheduled for Dec. 3

Fort McCoy's annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be held Thursday, Dec. 3, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at McCoy's, building 1571.

The free event is open to Fort McCoy Soldiers, employees, and their Families. Activities will include carols sung by the Fort McCoy Child, Youth and School Services youth; crafts and activities for children; pictures with Santa; and Santa's Gift Shop (all gifts $1).

McCoy's will offer a food special from 4-7 p.m.

For more information, call 608-388-3200.