Fort McCoy News April 22, 2016

News Notes

Arbor Day observance set for April 29

Fort McCoy will host an Arbor Day ceremony and tree planting Friday, April 29, at 9 a.m. near building 2113.

The event is coordinated by the installation Forestry program, which is part of the Directorate of Public Works (DPW) Environmental Division Natural Resources Branch. Participants should meet at South K Street, just south of building 2113.

Participants will plant red pine seedlings to provide a screen between the cantonment area and Highway 21. The Arbor Day proclamation will be read, and the Tree City USA award will be presented.

To qualify for a Tree City USA designation, a town or city must meet four standards established by the National Arbor Day Foundation (NADF) and the National Association of State Foresters to ensure that every qualifying community would have a viable tree management plan and program, according to the NADF. The four requirements are maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrating Arbor Day.

For more information about the 2016 Fort McCoy Arbor Day/Tree City USA observance, call Installation Forester James Kerkman at 608-388-2102.

 

AER scholarship applications due May 1

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 at www.aerhq.org by Sunday, May 1.

2016 Fort McCoy Guide cover

 

2016 Fort McCoy Guide available May 2

The 2016 Fort McCoy Guide will be available Monday, May 2. The online version will be available through the Fort McCoy public website at www.mccoy.army.mil. The annual guide contains information about a variety of topics, including a Fort McCoy overview; telephone directory; and community life, attractions, services, and history sections.

Print copies will be distributed through official channels and will be available at rack locations throughout the installation, including the Visitor Control Center, building 35; the Exchange, building 1538; McCoy's Community Center, building 1571; and Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

The online version of the guide will be updated on a continuous basis. To request additional copies of the guide or report content updates, contact the Public Affairs Office at 608-369-2407, or send an email to usarmy.mccoy.imcom-central.list.pao-admin@mail.mil.

 

ACS classes offer tips on being 'likeable'

Army Community Service, building 2111, is offering two classes called "16 Things Extremely Likeable People Do" May 4 and 19 from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Likeable people often have an easier time networking, getting jobs, and making friends. The class covers 16 habits that make people likeable.

Registration is required by Wednesday, April 27, for the Wednesday, May 4, class and Thursday, May 12, for the Thursday, May 19, class.

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

 

Military Appreciation Luncheon set for May 5 at McCoy's

The Military Appreciation Luncheon is set for Thursday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McCoy's Community Center, building 1571.

The event honors men and women in all service branches. A free lunch buffet and drink will be given to the first 200 service members who arrive. The first 40 service members also will receive $20 Texas Roadhouse gift certificates.

The event is open to current and retired military members. Valid ID cards must be presented. For more information, call 608-388-3200.

 

Credit-, debt-management class scheduled for May 10 at ACS

A credit- and debt-management class is scheduled for Tuesday, May 10, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Army Community Service, building 2111. The class covers the advantages and disadvantages of using credit for purchases. It also explains the importance of good credit.

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

 

'Sit, Sip, Paint' party set for May 13 at McCoy's

A "Sit, Sip, Paint" canvas-painting party is scheduled for Friday, May 13, at 5:30 p.m. at McCoy's Community Center, building 1571.

The workshop is a step-by-step painting demonstration by artist Linda Oldenburg. Participants will paint a 16-by-20-inch work of art. No artistic ability is required, and all art supplies are provided.

Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., and painting begins at 6 p.m.

Wine, beverages, and food will be available to purchase. The workshop costs $35 per person. The event is open to the public. Space is limited. Register online at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/mccoyrectrac.html or at McCoy's Community Center by Friday, May 6.

For more information, call 608-388-2065.


Class on survivor's guilt set for May 17 at ACS

A class on survivor's guilt is set for Tuesday, May 17, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Army Community Service, building 2111.

The class covers what survivor's guilt is, the symptoms and effects, and how to cope with it.
Registration is required by Tuesday, May 10.

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

For more information, call 308-388-3505.

 

Wellness Fair set for May 18

Fort McCoy's annual Wellness Fair is set for Wednesday, May 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

The American Red Cross will accept blood donations from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donors can preview eligibility requirements by calling 800-733-2767 or going online to www.redcrossblood.org.

A 5k run and 2-mile walk are scheduled for 10:15 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top runners. The first 100 participants to register will receive free T-shirts. Register online at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/mccoyrectrac.html or at the fitness center. Participants must register by 9:30 a.m. May 18.

Area businesses will showcase health and fitness products and services from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Health screenings also will be offered by some companies. Food will be available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Door prizes also will be given.

The Wellness Fair and run/walk are open to Fort McCoy community members. For more information, call 608-388-3200.

 

Consumer-rights class scheduled for May 24

A class on consumer rights is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Army Community Service, building 2111.

The class covers the importance of understanding consumer rights and protection laws.

ACS events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers unless otherwise stated. For more information, call 308-388-3505.

 

CYSS accepting registrations for youth summer camp

Fort McCoy Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) is accepting registrations for its youth summer camp at the School-Age Center/Youth Center.

Summer camp is designed to provide youth with an exciting and safe place to learn during summer vacation. Educational, hands-on activities are provided in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club and 4-H Club. Field trips are offered to Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs on post, such as the swimming pool, beach, bowling alley, and parks.

Summer camp starts June 6, but CYSS will work with Families that need different starting dates. The program is open to CYSS-eligible youth who have completed kindergarten through 12th grade.

For more information or to register, call Parent Central Services at 608-388-8956.

 

Plots available at South Post Community Garden

Plots are available for Fort McCoy's South Post Community Garden.

Plots are 400 square feet. The garden will open for planting Friday, May 20, weather permitting. South Post residents get first priority for garden plots. Other military members and Department of Defense civilians may reserve plots on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration is required by the end of May. There is no fee for using the community garden.

A South Post community town hall is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25, at 3 p.m. in building 6158. A portion of the meeting will be devoted to the community garden and what to do with any remaining plots.

For more information or to reserve a plot, contact Karl Bugman at by phone 608-388-3200 or by email at karl.j.bugman.naf@mail.mil.

 

Automotive Skills Center offers oil-change service

The Automotive Skills Center offers oil changes every Thursday. Authorized patrons may drop off vehicles at the center, building 1763.

Appointments are available Thursdays from 1 to 8 p.m. Walk-ins also are welcome. Patrons must provide oil and filters; the staff will perform the service. The service fee is $15.

For more information, call 608-388-3013.

 

Next issue of The Real McCoy

The next issue of The Real McCoy is Friday, May 13. Deadline for submissions to be considered for that issue is noon Wednesday, May 4. For more information, call 608-388-2407.