Fort McCoy News July 13, 2018

News Notes

DJ Trivia held weekly at McCoy’s

McCoy’s Community Center, building 1571, holds DJ trivia from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays.

There is no cost to enter, and advance registration is not required. The competition is open to Fort McCoy employees and their guests who are at least 18 years old.

For more information, call 608-388-4161.

Commemorative Area open 3 dates in July

The Fort McCoy Commemorative Area will be open to walk-in visitors noon to 4 p.m. July 13 and 27 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 21.

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 present valid photo IDs at the Main Gate to get a visitor’s pass. For information on visitors’ passes, call the Visitor Control Center at 608-388-4988.

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

Iron Brigade Challenge set for July 14 at range

The Iron Brigade Challenge is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 14 at Sportsman’s Range.

The event covers three courses of fire using steel reactive targets. There will be four divisions. Prizes will be awarded to the top shooter and division leaders.

Firearms are available for rent at the range, and rented firearms must use ammunition purchased at the range.

Registration costs $20 for members, $25 for preregistration, and $30 the day of the event. For more information, call 608-388-3517.

Summer Heat 5k scheduled for July 18

The Summer Heat 5k Run/Walk is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. July 18 at Rumpel Fitness Center.

Participants may dress in patriotic attire, sunglasses, and hats. Prizes will be awarded to the top runners and the best dressed.

The event is open to all authorized Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons. There is no fee, but registration is required by 11 a.m. July 18.

For more information, call 608-388-3200.

Ho-Chunk Gaming trip set for July 24

A bus trip to Ho-Chunk Gaming in Black River Falls is scheduled for 5 p.m. July 24

The cost is $20 per person, which covers transportation. The bus will depart the parking lot of McCoy’s Community Center, building 1571, at 5 p.m. and return at 9 p.m.

The trip is open to all Fort McCoy employees and their guests who are at least 21 years old. Registration is required by July 13.

For more information, call 608-388-3011.

‘Connect the Tots’ play group meets July 24 on South Post

The “Connect the Tots” play group will meet at 9:30 a.m. July 24 at Patriot Park on South Post.

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 Aug. 7 and 21. For more information or to register, call 608-388-2412.

Summer Showers skeet shoot planned for July 28

The Summer Showers 100-bird skeet shoot is scheduled for 10 a.m. July 28 at Sportsman’s Range.

The competition will be four rounds of 25 targets each. A prize will be awarded to the top shooter.

Firearms are available for rent at the range, and rented firearms must use ammunition purchased at the range.

Registration costs $30 for members, $35 for preregistration, and $40 the day of the event. For more information, call 608-388-3517.

Old World Wisconsin trip scheduled for Aug. 4

A trip to Old World Wisconsin, a historical recreation site and museum in Eagle, Wis., is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 4.

Old World Wisconsin showcases life from the 1840s through the 1910s. It features more than 60 historic structures, ranging from farmsteads to small-town villages.

The site gives visitors a hands-on approach to learning history, allowing them to help with chores, try old-fashioned crafts and trades, and play games.

Army Community Service (ACS) will do the driving and provide free transportation for the trip. Admission for military members and Family is free through the Blue Star Museums program. Admission fees for others are available online at oldworldwisconsin.wisconsinhistory.org.

Families may pack their own lunches or purchase food at the site.

Space is limited, and advance registration is required. ACS events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workers, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-3505 or email carrie.a.olson.civ@mail.mil.

Vernon Vineyards tour set for Aug. 12

The Vernon Vineyards winery tour is scheduled for Aug. 12.

The trip will depart from McCoy’s Community Center at noon and return at 6 p.m. It costs $15 per person, which includes transportation, the tour, and wine tasting.

Dinner will be available at an additional cost.

The trip is open to all Fort McCoy employees and their guests who are at least 21 years old. Registration is required by Aug. 1.

For more information, call 608-388-3011.

Army Arts & Crafts Contestends Aug. 13

The 2018 Army Arts and Crafts Contest will accept submissions until Aug. 13.

Up to three submissions per artist will be accepted in each of nine categories: ceramic art, digital art, drawings, fiber art, glass art, metal and jewelry art, mixed media, paintings, and wood art.

All submissions must be original work completed within 12 months from the start of the current contest year. The contest is open to all authorized Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons, excluding Army Arts and Crafts employees.

Visit www.armymwr.com/programs-and-services/arts-and-crafts/2017-arts-crafts-contest for more information.

Commissaries celebrate 151st anniversary

As the Defense Commissary Agency observes the 151st anniversary of the commissary benefit, it reminds service members and their families that the passage of time has not diminished the commissary as their gateway to significant savings.

“Commissaries are the oldest military resale benefit,” said Tracie Russ, sales director. “Although much has changed since 1867, the benefit still exists to help our service members and their families improve their quality of life by delivering significant savings on groceries.”

The July 1 anniversary ties back to the official beginning of the commissary benefit on July 1, 1867, when enlisted men received the same privileges that had been available to officers since 1825 — the right to buy food at cost from their post’s subsistence department warehouses.

More than a century and a half later, commissaries are still supporting military communities. The Fort McCoy Commissary is located in building 1537. Call 608-388-3542 for more information.

New employees at Fort McCoy

New employees started working in several post organizations in June.

Welcome to the following new employees:

• Elizabeth Gruber and Tiffany Milhaupt — Civilian Personnel Advisory Center.

• Scott Farley, Steve Garza, Megan Gilles, Deon Hughey, Joshua Kent, Anthony Koch, Kyle Muller, Coey Oliver, April Sonnentag and Charles Stevens — other.

Next issue of The Real McCoy

The next issue of The Real McCoy will be published July 27. The deadline for submissions to be considered for publication is noon July 17.

For more information, call 608-388-4128.