Fort McCoy News Sept. 23, 2016

News Notes

Several laundry facilities close Oct. 1 for winter season

The laundry facilities located in Fort McCoy buildings 651, 755, 1735, 1856, 2002, 2568, 2671, and 2763 will be closed for the winter beginning Saturday, Oct. 1. These facilities will open again in spring 2017.

Laundry facilities in buildings 2877 and 1671 will remain open throughout the winter. For more information, call the Troop Facilities Support Branch at 608-388-3746.

 

Central Vehicle Wash Facility to reduce hours starting Oct. 1

Fort McCoy's Central Vehicle Wash, located on Washrack Road, will reduce hours starting Saturday, Oct. 1.

The facility will be open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., but will be open weekends by appointment only, weather permitting.

The facility will close for the season Tuesday, Nov. 1. Central Vehicle Wash Facility is for tactical vehicles and equipment only; privately owned, GSA, and leased vehicles are not allowed. For more information, call 608-388-6110/7640.

 

Predator hunting clinic scheduled for Oct. 1

A predator hunting clinic will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, at 9 a.m. at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area's Chalet.

The one-hour clinic will teach hunters about the predators found at Fort McCoy. It will cover predator calls, hunting techniques and strategies, and laws and regulations.

The clinic costs $10. All attendees also will receive $10 off the entry fee for the predator calling contest scheduled for February 2017.

The event is open to the public.

Participants can register online at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/mccoyrectrac.html or at Sportsman's Range during normal business hours. Registration is required by Friday, Sept. 30. For more information, call 608-388-9162.

 

50-bird skeet shoot planned for Oct. 2

A 50-bird skeet shoot is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 2, at 11 a.m. at Sportsman's Range.The shoot consists of two rounds. The shooter with the highest combined score will win. The entry fee is $25, and members receive $5 off.

Participants can register online at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/mccoyrectrac.html or at Sportsman's Range during normal business hours. Registration is required by 10 a.m. Oct. 2. Sportsman's Range events are open to eligible range patrons. For more information, call 608-388-9162.

 

Play group scheduled for Oct. 4

Army Community Service's (ACS) "Connect the Tots" play group is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at building 2161.

The play group is designed to help strengthen each child's cognitive, physical, and creative selves and to help promote social-emotional skill building.

Additional play groups are scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 18; Tuesday, Nov. 8; Tuesday, Nov. 22; and Tuesday, Dec. 6. Call ACS at 608-388-2412 for more information or to register.

 

Instructor-training course scheduled for Oct. 4-5

A two-day instructor-training course will be held Oct. 4-5 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111.

Topics include speaking on your feet, managing the learning environment, and keeping students engaged. Participants will be required to give a 30-minute presentation.

The workshop is open to military members, retirees, civilian workers, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. Registration is required by Tuesday, Sept. 27.

To register, call ACS at 608-388-3505.

 

Concealed carry class set for Oct. 8 at Sportsman's Range

A class on concealed-carry weapons is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 8, from 8 a.m. to noon at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area.

The class will cover the concealed-carry weapons laws for Minnesota and Wisconsin. Topics include required training, application and approval process, how to handle denials, requirements for displaying a permit, and examples of locations where carrying is restricted or banned. Participants getting Minnesota Permit to Carry licenses must bring firearms and 25 rounds of ammunition.

Doughnuts, coffee, and water will be provided.

The class is open to the public and costs $75. Registration is required by Friday, Oct. 7. Register online at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/mccoyrectrac.html or at Sportsman's Range during normal business hours.

For more information, call 608-388-9162.

 

Fort McCoy Safety Day scheduled for Oct. 12

Fort McCoy Safety Day is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McCoy's Community Center, building 1571.

On- and off-post agencies will be represented at the event.

Numerous safety topics will be covered, including unexploded-ordnance safety, highway and driving safety, yoga, physical and spiritual health, ergonomic office equipment and chairs, gun safety, identification of poisonous plants, fire safety, and more. A MedLink helicopter and Fort McCoy Fire Department vehicles also will be on static display.

For more information, call the Installation Safety Office at 608-388-3403 or the Fire Department at 608-388-4077.

 

Fort McCoy Ammunition and Explosives Amnesty Day is Oct. 12

Fort McCoy's annual Ammunition and Explosives (A&E) Amnesty Day is Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon. In accordance with the Department of the Army Pamphlet 710-2-1, this is an anonymous process and may be used without fear of penalty or prosecution.

A collection point will be set up at the old C-130 Training Site located on the South side of Highway 21 between the Main Gate and Gate 15. Signs will be displayed on Highway 21 to guide personnel to the exact location.

Explosive Safety personnel will only accept military ordnance/munitions for turn-in at this amnesty location. No questions will be asked of the person turning in the A&E, and no names will be recorded.

Contact Fort McCoy's Installation Safety Office at 608-388-3403 if the A&E might be unsafe to handle or transport.

Local law enforcement should be contacted to handle unsafe A&E located off post.

 

'Controlling Anger' class set for Oct. 13 at ACS

An anger-management class, called "Controlling Anger," is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 13, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111.

The class covers the definition of anger and its warning signs, how to recognize when anger is creating problems, strategies to manage anger, and knowing when to seek help from an outside source. The class is open to military members, retirees, civilian workers, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. Registration is required by Thursday, Oct. 6.

To register, call ACS at 608-388-3505.

 

Commemorative Area open Oct. 14 to walk-in visitors

The Fort McCoy Commemorative Area will be open for walk-in visitors noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. 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.

 

Responses sought for Command Information survey

Feedback currently is being sought on Fort McCoy's Command Information Program. The Command Information Program includes The Real McCoy, The Real McCoy Online, FMC TV 6, the Fort McCoy Guide, and Fort McCoy's public website. As part of an effort to gauge the effectiveness of the program, the Public Affairs Office is conducting a survey through the Interactive Customer Evaluation (ICE) system.

The survey consists of a few brief questions and can be accessed online at https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=card&sp=84945&s=344&dep=*DoD.

Responses are voluntary and completely anonymous unless the respondant requests a reply and provides contact information. The survey will remain available in ICE until Sept. 30. ICE comments provide valuable information for managers to review and use to correct problems identified as well as recognize service areas that exceed expectations.

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


Parents: Remember to fill out Impact Aid Survey

Impact Aid Survey forms soon will be 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.

Nationwide, the program disburses roughly $1.3 billion annually in unrestricted federal funds directly to school districts.

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.

For more information, call the Tomah Area or Sparta Area school district offices or Fort McCoy School Liaison Officer Becky Walley at 608-388-6814.

 

Next issue of The Real McCoy

The next issue of The Real McCoy will be published Friday, Oct. 14. Deadline for submissions to be considered for that issue is noon Wednesday, Oct. 5.

For more information, call 608-388-2407.

 

Correction

A photo caption in the Sept. 9 issue of The Real McCoy incorrectly stated 42 new homes worth approximately $22 million were being built at South Post Housing. The correct information is 56 new homes worth more than $31 million.