Fort McCoy News Aug. 26, 2016

News Notes

'Feds Feed Families' food drive ends Aug. 31

The annual Feds Feed Families food drive will take donations until Wednesday, Aug. 31.

Donations are distributed to local food banks. Most-wanted items include canned fruits, vegetables, and proteins; multigrain cereals; grains; soup; juice; condiments; snacks; hygiene items; and cleaning supplies.

Donated items can be dropped off at boxes at the following locations: IHG Army Hotels, building 50; the 181st Infantry Brigade, building 714; Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122; the Staff Sgt. Todd R. Cornell Noncommissioned Officer Academy, building 1361; Regional Training Site-Maintenance, building 1370; the Commissary, building 1537; the Exchange, building 1538; McCoy's Community Center, building 1571; the Child Development Center, building 1796; the School-Age Center/Youth Center, building 1792; and Regional Training Site-Medical, building 10000.

For more information, call Staff Sgt. Lance Holtgeerts at 608-388-8697.

 

Commemorative Area open Sept. 9, 23 to walk-in visitors

The Fort McCoy Commemorative Area will be open for walk-in visitors 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, and noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. 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.

For more information, call the Public Affairs Office at 608-388-2407.

 

Retiree Appreciation Day set for Sept. 9

Retiree Appreciation Day will be held at Fort McCoy Friday, Sept. 9, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Retirees from all branches of the armed forces and their Family members/guests are eligible to attend to receive updated information about retiree entitlement programs. Sign-in starts at 7 a.m. in building 905. Registration is required by Friday, Sept. 2. The registration form, available online at www.mccoy.army.mil/Services/ACAP_Documents/2016_RAD_REGISTER.pdf, contains detailed information about the event. For more information about the event, call 800-452-0923.

Valid photo identification is required to access the installation on the day of the event. For more information about identification, call the Visitor Control Center at 608-388-4988.

For more information about military retiree support at Fort McCoy, call 608-388-3716.

 

'Coping with Difficult People' starts Sept. 20 at ACS

A four-part training series on coping with people with challenging personalities will start Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111.

Part One: Types of Difficult People is available Tuesday, Sept. 20, or Tuesday, Sept. 27. Registration is required by Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Part Two: Communicating with Difficult People is available Tuesday, Oct 18, or Tuesday, Oct. 25. Registration is required by Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Part Three: Coping Skills is available Tuesday, Nov. 1, or Tuesday, Nov. 15. Registration is required by Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Part Four: Assertive Confrontation Style is available Tuesday, Dec. 6, or Tuesday, Dec. 13. Registration is required by Tuesday, Nov 29.

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

For more information, call 608-388-3505.

 

Thrift Savings Plan class set for Sept. 15 at ACS

A class on the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 15, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111.

The class will teach participants about the basics of TSP, including how to sign up and the five funds within TSP.

ACS events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. Registration is required by Thursday, Sept. 8.

For more information, call 608-388-3505.

 

'Difference Between Men, Women' scheduled for Sept. 15 at ACS

A relationship class, "The Difference Between Men and Women," is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 15, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111.

Using humor, the class explores the uniqueness each gender brings to a relationship and helps participants gain a better understanding of the differences between men and women.

ACS events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. Registration is required by Thursday, Sept. 8.

For more information, call 608-388-3505.

 

Hunter-education course starts Sept. 26

Fort McCoy will host the Wisconsin Hunter-Education Course starting Monday, Sept. 26.

The course will be taught by a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR)-certified instructor. Successful participants will receive a hunter-education certificate required to purchase a Wisconsin hunting license.

Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1973, must complete a hunter-education course and show the certificate to purchase any hunting license in Wisconsin, unless he or she is hunting under the hunting mentorship program or can show proof of successfully completing basic training in the U.S. armed forces, reserves, or National Guard.

The course will consist of six classroom sessions and a field day. Attendance is required at all sessions to receive a hunter-education certificate. The classroom sessions will be Sept. 26, 27, and 29 and Oct. 3, 4, and 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Directorate of Public Works Natural Resources Branch, building 2168. The field day will be Saturday, Oct. 8, from 8 a.m. to noon at Sportsman's Range.

The course is open to military members, Fort McCoy civilian employees, and their dependents. Class size is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is required by Monday, Sept. 12.

A $10 WDNR fee will be collected at the first classroom session. Each student also must provide a WDNR customer number.

For more information, call the Permit Sales Office at 608-388-3337.

 

Service members encouraged to fill out gender-relations survey

Service members who received invitations to the 2016 Workplace and Gender Relations Survey of Active Duty Members are encouraged to complete the survey as soon as possible.

About 700,000 active-duty service members were asked via email in July to participate in the biennial gender-relations study. The survey assesses the rates of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and gender discrimination in the armed services.

Questions in the gender-relations study focus on three periods of a service member's life: the last 12 months of their service, the entirety of their military career, and their life before military service.

The results will be used by the Department of Defense (DOD) and each of the armed services to determine the effectiveness of their sexual-assault prevention and response programs and identify areas that need additional focus.

The survey is available online at the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) website, www.dodsurveys.mil. Service members may check whether they were selected for the survey by visiting the site, clicking the "Am I in a DMDC Survey Sample?" button, and entering their DODID numbers.

For more information about sexual-assault awareness at Fort McCoy, call 608-388-8989.

 

Next issue of The Real McCoy

The next issue of The Real McCoy will be published Friday, Sept. 9. The deadline for submissions to be considered for that issue is noon Tuesday, Aug. 30.

For more information, call 608-388-2407.