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News Notes

Hours limited at Gate 20 through Jan. 15

Per the Fort McCoy Police Department, Gate 20 will reduce hours of operations.

Following is a list of dates and times of the reduced hours and/or closures:

• Nov. 23-26: Closed.

• Nov. 27 - Dec. 15: 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Dec. 16 - Jan. 1, 2018: Closed.

• Jan. 2-15: 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Jan. 16: Back to full 24-hour operations.

E-Gates are available for those personnel who have authorized access. Any personnel who would require access after hours to Gate 20 for special mission requirements that can't be met using the Main Gate and/or E-Gates should contact the Police Department.

For more information, call 608-388-2266.

'Connect the Tots' play group meets Nov. 28

The "Connect the Tots" play group will meet at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 28 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 Dec. 5 and 12. For more information or to register, call 608-388-2412.

Trees for Troops available Dec. 1

Trees for Troops is offering free Christmas trees starting 10 a.m. Dec. 1 at South Post Community Center, building 6158.

The trees are for active-duty, National Guard, and Reserve Soldiers. Trees are available while supplies last and cannot be held for later pickup. Only one tree per Family.

For more information, call 608-388-3704.

Digital Photography Contest starts Dec. 1

The Army is hosting its annual Digital Photography Contest to showcase the creative and artistic talents of the military community.

The contest, run by U.S. Army Installation Management Command's G9 Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Directorate, is open to active-duty military members and MWR authorized patrons.

Contest entries will be accepted Dec. 1 through Jan. 31, 2018.

Participants can submit photos for the following categories: animals, design elements, digital darkroom, military life, nature and landscapes, people, and still life. Participants may enter up to three photos per category.

Prizes are $300 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place.

Participants may submit entries online at the contest website, https://www.armymwr.com/programs-and-services/arts-and-crafts/digital-photo-contest.

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 available for other seasonal holidays.

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.

Family Workshops planned for December

Family Workshops are scheduled during December at the Army Community Service Wood Shop in building 1133.

Families may create pallet trees or a snowman Family. All materials and instructions are supplied.

Workshops are 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5, 12, and 14 and 9 a.m. to noon or 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 9

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. Singles and geographical bachelors are also welcome

ACS events are open to military members, retirees, DOD and NAF civilians, contractors, registered volunteers, and Family members. Registration is required by Dec. 1. 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.

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.

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.

Volunteers are still needed for activities. For more information, call 608-388-3200.

Breakfast with Santa scheduled for Dec. 9

Breakfast with Santa is scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 9 at South Post Community Center, building 6158.

Children can have breakfast with Santa Claus and tell him what they want for Christmas. Breakfast will be French toast sticks, scrambled eggs, sausage, and juice or coffee. Breakfast costs $7. Meals for children ages 5 and younger cost $3.

Reservations are required by Dec. 5. Call 608-388-2065.

Commissary gift cards available year-round

The Defense Commissary Agency offers gift cards to those looking to give service members or their Families gifts for the holidays.

While the gift cards are only usable by military members, retirees, and dependent Family members, they can be purchased by anyone through www.commissaries.com.

Gift cards can be shipped anywhere in the United States or to APO, FPO, or DPO addresses overseas.

Gift cards are also available at the Fort McCoy Commissary, building 1537. For more information about the Fort McCoy Commissary, call 608-388-3542.

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 November.

Welcome to the following new employees:

• Dana Elmhorst, Kira Kaufmann, and Matthew Varner — Directorate of Public Works.

• ReShandra Taylor — U.S. Army Reserve Pay Center.

Correction

An article in the Nov. 10 issue of The Real McCoy was in error when it stated that injured workers can go to their own medical providers and file a claim for reimbursement.

Correction: Injured workers who choose to go to their medical providers should say the injury was incurred at work, and the bill will be processed through the Department of Labor. There are no out-of-pocket costs to the employee.

For more information about worker's compensation benefits, call Renee Herman at 608-388-2904.

Next issue of The Real McCoy

The next issue of The Real McCoy will be published Dec. 8. The deadline for submissions to be considered for publication in the Dec. 8 issue is noon Nov. 29.

For more information, call 608-388-4128.