Fort McCoy News March 11, 2016

News Notes

Basketball tournament scheduled for March 15

A three-on-three basketball tournament is scheduled for Tuesday, March 15, starting at 4:30 p.m. at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

Teams must have three to five members. Prizes will be awarded to the top two teams.

The tournament is open to all eligible fitness center patrons. There is no fee. To register or for more information, call 608-388-2290.

 

Women's History Month event set for March 17 at McCoy's

Fort McCoy's observance of Women's History Month is scheduled for Thursday, March 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McCoy's Community Center, building 1571.

This year's theme is "Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government."

The guest speaker is Maj. Gen. Marcia Anderson, the first African-American female two-star general in the Army Reserve.

For more information, call the Equal Opportunity adviser at 608-388-6153.

 

Easter Eggstravaganza set for March 19

Fort McCoy's annual Easter Eggstravaganza is scheduled for Saturday, March 19, starting at 9 a.m.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny is offered from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Exchange food court, building 1538.

Children and adults can choose either a special French toast breakfast or order from the regular breakfast menu.

The Easter Bunny is available for photos from 9 to 11:20 a.m. Crafts and activities — including face painting, foam crafts, Easter bag and plastic egg decorating, and games — are scheduled from 9:30 to 11:20 a.m.

At 11:20 a.m., a parade will leave the Exchange and make its way to Constitution Park. The Easter Egg Hunt will take place at 11:30 a.m. There also will be an egg hunt specifically for children with special needs. The event is open to the entire Fort McCoy community. The only cost is for breakfast.

For more information, call 608-388-3200.

 

Pickleball tournament scheduled for March 24

A pickleball tournament is scheduled for Thursday, March 24, starting 4:30 p.m. at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

The tournament is double elimination. Prizes will be awarded to the first-place team.

The tournament is open to all eligible fitness center patrons. There is no fee.

To register or for more information, call 608-388-2290.

 

Blood drive planned March 28 at McCoy's

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive Monday, March 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at McCoy's Community Center, building 1571.

Donors can make appointments in advance or preview eligibility requirements by calling 800-733-2767 or going online to www.redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are welcome.

 

Bystander intervention class scheduled for teens

Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) and Army Community Service (ACS) are offering a bystander intervention class for teenagers Monday, March 28, at 1 p.m. at the CYSS Teen Center, building 1792.

The class will teach teenagers how to stay safe while dating and help their friends stay safe.

The class focuses on teaching respect, what healthy relationships look like, and what to do in real-life situations when words aren't working.

ACS events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.

Registration is required by Thursday, March 17. For more information or to register, call 608-388-2412/4373.

 

Defense Travel System class scheduled for March 30

A Defense Travel System (DTS) Approval Process and Travel Policy class is scheduled for Wednesday, March 30, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Prior completion of the DTS temporary-duty documents class is highly recommended. The class is for reviewing or approving officials. Register by Friday, March 25, at 3 p.m.

Class sizes are limited. The class is open to both military and Department of Defense civilian personnel. To register, email your name, unit, and phone number to mary.j.richmondstremcha.civ@mail.mil.

For more information, call 608-388-6299.

 

Taste of Art & Wine set for April 1

The third annual Taste of Art & Wine is scheduled for Friday, April 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area Chalet.

Local artists will exhibit their work, including paintings, sculptures, glasswork, and more. Wine and beer samples, as well as appetizers, will be served. Tickets cost $12 in advance and $15 the day of the event. The event is open to the public. Tickets to this event are limited.

Tickets can be purchased starting Monday, March 14, at McCoy's Community Center, building 1571; Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122; and Pine View Campground.

For more information, call 608-388-3200.

 

April Showers 5k set for April 13

The April Showers 5k Run/Walk is scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, at 2:30 p.m. in front of Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1121.

The race is to raise awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Participants are encouraged to wear blue or teal.

The event is free and open to all authorized Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons. Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female runners and the top team. The Commander's Challenge Award will be given to the organization with the most registered participants.

Registration is required by 2 p.m. April 13. For more information, call 608-388-3200.

 

Pine View Campground releases weekend event themes

Pine View Campground has released the themes for its 2016 weekend events, which run every weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

The themes for 2016 are: Mystery Weekend, May 28; Mud Run, June 4; Hometown Heroes, June 11; Sports Kids, June 18; Mini-Golf Tournament, June 25; Color Run, July 2; Speed Junkies, July 9; Family Fun Days, July 16; Disc Golf Tournament, July 23; Beanbag Tournament, July 30; Haunted Trails, Aug. 6; Paws at Pine View, Aug. 13; Army Concert, Aug. 20; Summer Blow Out, Aug. 27; and Sportsman's Days, Sept. 3.

Each weekend includes crafts, games, wagon rides, and more. All events are open to the public. Some activities may cost a small fee.

Weekend events are subject to change. Call the campground at 800-541-4703 or 608-388-3517 to confirm activities or for details.

 

Army Emergency Relief accepting scholarship applications

Army Emergency Relief (AER) is accepting applications for its Spouse Scholarship Program and the Maj. Gen. James Ursano Scholarship Program for dependent children until May 1.

The Maj. Gen. James Ursano Scholarship Program is a need-based scholarship program established to assist dependent children of Army Soldiers in obtaining a first undergraduate degree. The spouse scholarship also is a need-based scholarship program established to assist spouses of Army Soldiers in obtaining a first undergraduate degree. The entire application package for the 2016-2017 school year must be submitted online by May 1.

Go online to www.aerhq.org for more information.

 

Armed Forces Day Open House set for May 21

The annual Fort McCoy Armed Forces Day Open House event will be held Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This Family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

The installation's Commemorative Area will serve as the hub of activity for this event and will showcase the History Center, five World War II-era buildings, the Equipment Park, and Veterans Memorial Plaza.

Planned activities include guided installation bus tours, a sandbag-filling station, personalized ID tags, camouflage face painting, military equipment displays, and much more.

Guests must enter the installation through Gate 15 off Highway 21 between Sparta and Tomah, Wis.

Adults must be prepared to present photo identification. For more information, call 608-388-2407.

 

Legal notice of estate claims

Anyone having claims against the estate of Sgt. 1st Class Carlos M. Bothel, 1-338th Training Support Battalion, 181st Infantry Brigade, or knowing of assets belonging to Bothel should contact Summary Court Martial Officer Capt. Matt Robey at 608-388-4635.

 

Next issue of The Real McCoy

The next issue of The Real McCoy is March 25. Deadline for submissions to be considered for that issue is noon Wednesday, March 16.

For more information about submissions to the newspaper, call the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office at 608-388-2407/4128.