Fort McCoy News Nov. 10, 2017

News Notes

Art Attack nights planned at USO

USO Fort McCoy will host Art Attack, an arts-and-crafts event, from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 11 and Dec. 9.

Each month has a different theme. Participants may also bring their own projects. The event is free to attend, but advance registration is required. USO events and services are open to active military members, military retirees with IDs, and their legal dependents.

For more information or to register, call 414-477-7279.

Health Benefits Fair scheduled for Nov. 13

The Health Benefits Fair is scheduled for 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in building 2187.

Representatives of health insurance companies will answer questions and hand out literature. The 2016 Federal Employees Health Benefits Program open season is Nov. 13 through Dec. 11. Rates will be available at www.opm.gov/openseason in late October.

For more information about the health fair, call 608-388-3019. For more information about health benefits, visit https://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/.

'Connect the Tots' play group meets Nov. 14

The "Connect the Tots" play group will meet at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 14 at the Army Community Service Family Building, building 2161.

The play groups are for children 5 years old or younger. Through play, transitions, circle time, songs, activities, and informal conversations, parents learn about developmental ages and stages, gain tools to help understand their children's behavior, and become empowered to prepare the Family and children to enter school ready to learn.

ACS events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.
Additional play groups are scheduled for Nov. 28 and Dec. 5 and 12.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-2412.

Fowl 5K run/walk set for Nov. 15 at fitness center

The Fowl 5K run/walk is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Nov. 15 at Rumpel Fitness Center.

The event costs $15. The first 25 participants to register will receive T-shirts. Prizes will be awarded the fast male and female participants. The event is open to all eligible Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons. Registration is required by 10:30 a.m. Nov. 15.

For more information, call 608-388-2290.

NAIH Month observance scheduled for Nov. 16

Fort McCoy will hold its National American Indian Heritage Month observance at noon Nov. 16 at McCoy's Community Center, building 1571.

The guest speaker is Marla Nauni, a Seneca/Comanche/Huron Band of Potawatomi musician, model, and actress from Cache, Okla. Nauni has released two solo albums of Comanche hymns and performed throughout the United States, including at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., and Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

For more information, call 608-377-1542.

Holiday card workshop scheduled for Dec. 2

A Family Christmas Card Workshop is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Army Community Service Family Building in building 2161.

Families may create personalized holiday cards using stickers and stamp art. Supplies will be furnished. Supplies will be available for other seasonal holidays, as well.

Class size is limited, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Exceptional Family Member Program participants may start one hour earlier than the scheduled time.

ACS events are open to military members, retirees, DOD and NAF civilians, contractors, registered volunteers, and Family members. Registration is required by Nov. 27. For more information, call 608-388-3505.

SHARP training dates available for FY 2018

Training dates have been scheduled for fiscal year 2018 Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) training.
The class is required for both military members and government civilians. It covers prevention and intervention strategies for sexual harassment and assault, as well as what support resources are available.

Classes are 9 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 6 and 14, 2017; Jan. 25, 2018; Feb. 15; March 7 and 20; April 25; May 8 and 30; June 6; July 17; Aug. 9 and 23; and Sept. 5 and 18.

All classes will be at Army Community Service, building 2111. Onsite training is also available for organizations.

To register or for more information, call Jamie Cram at 608-388-8989.

Christmas Tree Lighting set for Dec. 7

Fort McCoy's annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at McCoy's Community Center, building 1571.

The free event is open to Fort McCoy Soldiers, employees, and their Families.

Activities will include carols sung by the Fort McCoy Child and Youth Services youth; crafts and activities for children; photos with Santa; door prizes; and Santa's Gift Shop.

For more information, call the Directorate of Morale, Welfare, and Recreation at 608-388-3200.

Suicide intervention class scheduled for Jan. 31-Feb. 1

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, 2018, at Army Community Service, building 2111.

The training is for anyone who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid.

The ASIST model is shown by studies to reduce suicidality and teaches effective intervention skills while helping build suicide prevention networks.

Participants will learn to recognize and assess the potential risk of suicide, keep an at-risk person safe until help arrives, reach out and offer support, and link to people with resources.

Space is limited. Register by Jan. 24.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-2441 or email terrence.a.rogalla.civ@mail.mil.

Applications open for 2018 scholarships

The application period is open for the National Military Family Association's spouse scholarship.

The money can be used for both educational and professional advancement in a variety of programs, including degrees, certifications, trade school programs, continuing education, and professional exams and fees. The scholarship is open to any spouse with a valid military ID, and awards typically range from $500 to $1,000.

The current application period closes Jan. 15, 2018. For more information, visit www.militaryfamily.org/spouses-scholarships.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation is also accepting applications.

The scholarship is open to U.S. citizens or nationals in college with junior-level academic standing and who wish to attend professional or graduate school to prepare for careers in government or the nonprofit and advocacy sectors. The foundation awards up to $30,000 toward graduate study in the United States or abroad.

The application deadline is Feb. 6, 2018. For more information, visit www.truman.gov/faq.

Army Community Service provides Family games

Army Community Service (ACS) is offering Family games in honor of Month of the Military Family. Families may select a game to take home and keep.

For more information, stop by ACS in building 2111 or call 608-388-3505.

Post welcomes new employees

New employees started working in several post organizations in late October.

Welcome to the following new employees:

• Suzanne Falaschi, Vonda Reid, and Lucinda Walker — Civilian Personnel Advisory Center.

• Autumn McCray and Evan Wiedemann — Directorate of Emergency Services.

• Larry Richardson — Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security.

• Kenneth Pemble — Directorate of Public Works.

• Dustin Baker and Benjamin Crocker — Equipment Concentration Site-67.

• Nathan Allen — Network Enterprise Center.

Next issue of The Real McCoy

The next issue of The Real McCoy will be published Nov. 24.

The deadline for submissions to be considered for publication in the Nov. 24 issue is noon Nov. 10.

For more information, call 608-388-4128.