Fort McCoy News Aug. 11, 2017

News Notes

Troop Olympics scheduled for Aug. 16 at fitness center

Troop Olymps is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

Teams will compete in a number of events, earning points. The team with the most points at the end of the event wins. Teams will pick two members to compete in each event. A female team member must participate in at least of the events.

Registration is required by Aug. 15. The event is open to eligible Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons.

For more information, call 608-388-2290.

Commissary 'Back to School' sale set for Aug. 18-19

A "Back to School" sidewalk sale is scheduled for Aug. 18-19 at the Fort McCoy Commissary.

The sale will feature items suitable for healthful Family breakfasts, packed school lunches, and after-school snacks that children can prepare themselves.

For more information, visit building 1538 or call 608-388-7528.

'Internet Safety for Teens' scheduled for Aug. 21

"Internet Safety for Teens" is scheduled for 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at South Post Community Center.

The class covers safety issues involved with popular online activities and apps, such as Instagram, Snapchat, Chatroulette, and I-Doser.

The class is open to any Fort McCoy-affiliated teens, but they must have signed permission slips from parents or guardians. Parents and guardians are also welcome to attend.

To register, call 608-388-2412 or email carrie.a.olson4.civ@mail.mil.

'Preserving the Harvest' set for Aug. 22

"Preserving the Harvest" is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at South Post Community Center.

The class is designed for beginners and covers cold storage, freezing, dehydrating, and canning food. Learn how to choose a food-preservation technique that fits the food and how it will be used.

The class is open to military members, retirees, civilian workers, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. Registration is required by Aug. 18.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-2412 or email carrie.a.olson4.civ@mail.mil.

Bubble soccer set for Aug. 23 at fitness center

Bubble soccer is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

Teams are co-ed (four men and two women on each). Players will wear inflatable bubbles around their torsos..

Registration is required by Aug. 21. The event is open to eligible Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons.

For more information, call 608-388-2290.

Women's Equality Day event scheduled for Aug. 24

The Women's Equality Day observance is scheduled for noon Aug. 24 at McCoy's Community Center, building 1571.

The guest speaker is Hester Moore, a historical reenactor and professional speaker.

For more information, call 608-388-6335.

'Nurturing Parenting' class starts Aug. 29

"Nurturing Parenting for Military Families" will run Aug. 29 through Sept. 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays at Army Community Service Family Building, building 2161.

The class focuses on parenting issues common in military Families. Some of the topics covered will include helping children manage their feelings; developing routines; and understanding the stressors unique to military Families, such as deployment, separation, and reintegration.

Limited child care is available at class. For more information or to register, call 608-388-2412 or email carrie.a.olson4.civ@mail.mil.

'Feds Feed Families' accepting donations until Aug. 31

The annual "Feds Feed Families" food drive is underway at Fort McCoy and will continue through Aug. 31.

The campaign is a voluntary effort by federal employees to donate nonperishable food items for distribution to local food banks.
On post, collection boxes are located at IHG Army Hotels, building 51; Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122; the Fort McCoy Commissary, building 1537; the Exchange, building 1538; McCoy's Community Center, building 1571; the Child Development Center, building 1796; and the Religious Support Office, building 2675.

Anyone can contribute items to the campaign. Food and household item donations can include canned fruits, proteins, vegetables, multigrain cereals, grains, soups, 100 percent juice, condiments, snacks, baking goods, hygiene items, paper products and household items.

In 2016, more than 3.28 million pounds were collected by all Department of Defense participating agencies.

For more information about the Feds Feed Families campaign, visit https://www.defense.gov/News/Special-Reports/0617_fff/.

Family photo sessions available starting Sept. 8

Military Family photo sessions are available throughout September through Army Community Service.

In preparation for Month of the Military Family, a professional photographer will offer 15-minute quick-shot photo sessions for military Families. Families will receive CDs of their photographs at a Family Calendar Workshop on Nov. 4 or 14, during Month of the Military Family.

Sessions are available 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 8 and 14 and 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 10, 17, and 24. The sessions will take place at Pine View Campground in a shaded outdoor area that requires a short walk on an incline. An alternate rain location is still being coordinated.

The sessions are open to military ID card holders until Aug. 11. Department of Defense civilians may register for any remaining sessions starting Aug. 14.

Registration is required by Sept. 1. For more information or to register, call 608-388-3505.

Meditation class planned for Sept. 13

A meditation class is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Army Community Service, building 2111.

The class covers the benefits of meditation, how to meditate, and some tips for where to meditate.

The class is open to military members, retirees, civilian workers, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. Registration is required by Sept. 6.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-2412 or email carrie.a.olson4.civ@mail.mil.

Mobile-friendly Commissaries.com set to launch in August

Commissaries.com will have a new look come early August, with an updated and mobile-friendly design that gives patrons easier access to benefit information and sales events from their smartphones or tablets.

"Over half of our patrons already use their mobile devices for accessing our current website," said Ronald Kelly, chief of corporate communications for the Defense Commissary Agency. "So, the time is right for us to move to a platform that allows patrons on the go an easier connection to all the online features that help them get the most from their benefit."

Enhancements to www.commissaries.com will include improved store pages, a new Savings Center, a new Healthy Living section, and searchable recipes.

DeCA brand names roll out at stateside commissaries

Private-label products are now available on stateside commissary shelves.

Commissary brands are sold under three names: Freedom's Choice for food items; HomeBase for nonfood items like paper products and other household items; and TopCare products for first-aid supplies, vitamins, over-the-counter medications, and beauty care.

Varieties of commissary brand products will differ from store to store depending on store size and location.

For more information on Defense Commissary Agency's private-label program, visit the FAQ page at www.commissaries.com or stop by the Fort McCoy Commissary in building 1538.

Next issue of The Real McCoy

The next issue of The Real McCoy will be published Aug. 25.

The deadline for submissions to be considered for publication in the Aug. 25 issue is noon Aug. 16.

For more information, call 608-388-4128.