Fort McCoy News July 22, 2016

News Notes

Commemorative Area open Aug. 12, 26 to walk-in visitors

The Fort McCoy Commemorative Area will be open for walk-in visitors from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, and Friday, Aug. 26. Members of the public are welcome.

The Commemorative Area consists of the Equipment Park, five World War II-era buildings with historical displays, the History Center, and Veterans Memorial Plaza. The History Center and World War II-era buildings contain artifacts dating from Fort McCoy's inception in 1909 up to present day.

Members of the public must stop first at the Visitor Control Center (VCC), building 35, and present valid photo IDs to get a visitor's pass. To reach the VCC, take Highway 21 and enter Fort McCoy at the Main Gate. Turn into the VCC parking lot on the right before passing through the Main Gate. For information on visitors' passes, call the VCC at 608-388-4988.

 

Bowling specials offered July, August at McCoy's

McCoy's Community Center in building 1571 is offering bowling specials in July and August.

"Two for two" Tuesdays is the July special. On Tuesdays, games and shoe rentals cost $2 each. In August, "Red Pin Bowling" is offered Wednesdays. Anyone who gets a strike when the head pin is red will win a prize. For more information, call 608-388-7060.

 

Fort McCoy Fire Department at National Night Out Aug. 2

Personnel with the Fort McCoy Fire Department will attend the Monroe County National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 4-8 p.m. at Tomah's Winnebago Park.

The fire department will take the smoke trailer, an educational aid that teaches people about home fire safety. Personnel also will be on hand to answer questions.

National Night Out was introduced in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch, a nonprofit crime-prevention organization that works with thousands of crime-watch groups and law-enforcement agencies throughout the country.

For more information about National Night Out, go online to https://natw.org.

 

Beginner's genealogy class offered Aug. 4 at ACS

A beginner's class on genealogy is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Army Community Service, building 2111.

The class is presented by Blaine Hedberg, co-author of "Norwegian Immigrants to the United States, A Biographical Directory, 1825-1850."

Hedberg is recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on Norwegian genealogy and received one of the highest honors from Norway, the St. Olav Medal, in August 2010.

ACS events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.
Call 608-388-6505 for more information or to register.

 

Family Olympics set for Aug. 7 at McCoy's

Family Olympics are set for Sunday, Aug. 7, at 11 a.m. at McCoy's Community Center, building 1571.

The event will feature 10 different activities. Families will compete in teams of two: one adult and one child. Prizes will be awarded to the top-scoring teams and to the team with the best outfit.

The event is free and open to the Fort McCoy community. Registration is required by Saturday, July 30. A lunch special will be available at McCoy's.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-2065.

 

Defense Travel System class offered Aug. 10-11

A class on the Defense Travel System (DTS) is scheduled for Aug. 10-11 from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at building 50, room DL3.

The class will cover DTS temporary duty (TDY) documents. The two-day class explains how to create TDY authorizations and vouchers for active-duty, civilian, and Reserve travelers. Hands-on experience is provided in creating authorizations and vouchers using the DTS training database.

The class is for beginner and intermediate DTS users. Those interested should register by Friday, Aug. 5, at 3 p.m. Class size is limited. The class is open to military and Department of Defense civilian personnel.

To register, email name and unit to Defense Finance and Accounting Service Lead Defense Travel Administrator Mary Jo Richmond-Stremcha at mary.j.richmondstremcha.civ@mail.mil. For more information, call 608-388-6299.

 

Family scrapbooking session set for Aug. 13 at ACS

The final "Family Memories & More" scrapbooking session is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Army Community Service, building 2111.

August's theme is Family. Samples and materials will be provided; participants may bring photos or add their photos later.
Registration is required by Monday, Aug. 8. Class size is limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

ACS events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.
Call 608-388-6505 for more information or to register.

 

'Lost Arrow' 3-D archery shoot planned Aug. 13 at ski area

The Fort McCoy Sportsman's Range Lost Arrow 3-D archery shoot is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13, starting at 10 a.m.

The shoot will include 28 targets and will be held at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area. The archer with the highest score will win a prize. Archers also may participate in $1 novelty shoots to win other prizes.

The entry fee is $10. Sportsman's Range events are open to eligible patrons.

Call 608-388-9162 for more information or to register.

 

Army Community Service hosts wood-shop workshops

Army Community Service (ACS) is planning several wood-shop workshops.

The workshops are designed to promote Family resilience by helping Families create projects together. Geographical bachelors and single participants also are welcome.

Fort McCoy community members work on a project June 14 at the Army Community Service Family Wood Shop.
Fort McCoy community members work
on a project June 14 at the Army Community Service Family Wood Shop.

Photo by Kevin Herman. Bonus photo,
not in print edition

Planned projects and dates include:

• wooden coin holders — 1-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16.

• "Home is Where the Army Sends Us" wooden sign, part one — 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27; 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3; or 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. (Participants should plan to attend both parts one and two of the workshop to finish the sign.)

• "Home is Where the Army Sends Us" sign, part two — 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, or 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.

• pallet holiday tree — 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, or 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6.

• wooden pens — 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, or 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017.

All materials and instructions are provided at the workshop. Class sizes are limited, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Earlier start times are available for Families in the Exceptional Family Member Program.

A free tool will be handed out to children 18 and under at each workshop.

ACS events open to military members, retirees, civilian workers, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. Registration is required one week prior to each class.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-3505.

 

'Using Credit Wisely' scheduled for Aug. 18

A class on using credit wisely is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 18, from 2-3:30 p.m. at Army Community Service, building 2111.

The class will cover advantages and disadvantages of using credit, how lenders calculate interest rates, and methods for managing credit accounts. Registration is required by Friday, Aug. 12. Call 608-388-6505 for more information or to register.

 

Equal Opportunity facts

In 2013, 79.3 percent of veterans who reported a single race were non-Hispanic white. Of the remaining population, 11.3 percent were black, 6 percent were Hispanic, 1.4 percent were Asian, 0.7 percent were American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.2 percent were Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, and 1.2 percent were some other race.

There were 3.6 million veterans with service-connected disability ratings in 2013. Of those, 957,504 had a rating of 70 percent or higher.

 

Next issue of The Real McCoy

The next issue of The Real McCoy is Friday, Aug. 12. Deadline for submissions to be considered for that issue is noon Wednesday, Aug. 3.

For more information, call 608-388-2407.