Fort McCoy News April 13, 2018

News Notes

Parenting Support Group meets April 16

Parenting Support Group meets at 5 p.m. April 16 at South Post Community Center.

The group is for parents with children who have challenging behaviors and who are seeking support from others in similar situations.

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

Storm spotter training offered by National Weather Service

The National Weather Service (NWS) will hold Skywarn Severe Weather Spotter at 6:30 p.m. April 18 at Western Technical College Safety Training Facility in Sparta.

The class will last about 2 hours and includes a multimedia presentation. Training is intended for storm spotters or potential storm spotters but is open to the public and free of charge. A review of recent and past severe weather will be included.

The NWS relies heavily on storm reports from spotters, which can include sheriffs' departments, local emergency-management officials, police and fire departments, amateur radio operators, or anyone else who has attended one of these classes. These reports can prompt warnings that save lives.

Todd Shea, warning coordination meteorologist with the weather service in La Crosse, organizes the training each year and encourages active volunteers.

"Accurate and timely reports of severe weather, by trained individuals, not only helps our office, but can save lives in the local community. We always need more eyes to the sky," Shea said.

Monroe County, as well as other areas of western Wisconsin, always needs more real-time weather reports to pass along to the National Weather Service. Preregistration is not required.

The training schedule is available online at For more information, email

Arbor Day ceremony planned for April 27

Fort McCoy will host an Arbor Day ceremony and tree planting at 9 a.m. April 27 near building 2149.

The event is coordinated by the installation Forestry program, which is part of the Directorate of Public Works (DPW) Environmental Division Natural Resources Branch. Participants should meet at South "E" Street, near building 2138.

Participants will plant red pine seedlings to provide a screen between the cantonment area and Highway 21. The Arbor Day proclamation will be read and the 28th Tree City USA award will be presented.

To qualify for a Tree City USA designation, a town or city must meet four standards established by the National Arbor Day Foundation (NADF) and the National Association of State Foresters to ensure that every qualifying community would have a viable tree management plan and program, according to the NADF. The four requirements are maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrating Arbor Day.

For more information about the 2017 Arbor Day/Tree City USA observance, call Installation Forester James Kerkman at 608-388-2102.

South Post Housing Area hosts community garage sale

South Post Housing Area will host communitywide garage sales from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27-29.

Community members will offer household goods and baked items. Individual sale times and dates may vary. From Highway 21, follow the signs to South Post and Ginger Road.

This event is open to the public.

Young Lives, Big Stories contest ends April 30

Installation Management Command (IMCOM) Child and Youth Services celebrates Month of the Military Child with the Young Lives, Big Stories contest in April.

Each participant may submit one entry into the contest. One winner from each category will receive a prize, and the top overall winner will receive the grand prize.

Drawn submissions are divided into the following age categories: youths 3 to 4 years old, 5 years old to first grade, and second through third grades. Written submissions are divided into the following categories: fourth to fifth grades, sixth to eighth grades, and ninth to 12th grades.

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges from IMCOM Headquarters. To enter and for complete rules, visit The Young Lives, Big Stories contest runs April 1-30. All submissions must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. April 30.

Resiliency workshop scheduled for May 1

A resiliency workshop is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 1 at Army Community Service, building 2111.

The topics covered will include hunting the good stuff, putting it in perspective, exploring emotional intelligence, positive self-talk, and easy ways to save money.

The workshop is open to military members, retirees, civilian workers, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.
Registration is required by April 26. For more information or to register, call 608-388-6712.

Mud Assault set for June 9

Mud Assault, a challenging run featuring 25 obstacles and mud pits, is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon June 9 at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area.

This is a Family-friendly fitness event featuring races for both children and adults. There will be both competitive and noncompetitive events. Food, beverages, and T-shirts will be available for purchase.

The race is open to the public. Registration costs are:

• Children's race: $10.

• Military members/Department of Defense civilians and Family members: $20 until May 1, $25 May 2 to June 1, $30 June 2 to 8, or $40 the day of the race.

• General public: $25 until May 1, $30 May 2 to June 1, $35 June 2 to 8, or $40 the day of the race.

• 10-person team special: $175 until May 1.

Participants can register online at

Registration is also available in person at Pine View Campground, building 8053, or Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1121.
For more information, call 608-388-3517.

New employees at Fort McCoy

New employees started working in several post organizations in March and April.

Welcome to the following new employees:

• Holly Barnes and Dwayne Hathaway — 88th Readiness Division.

• Jody Seubert — Civilian Personnel Advisory Center.

• Karlene Grullon, Allen Lynn, and Mark Van Ells — Directorate of Emergency Services.

• Charles Hiner, Marc Mutka, Nicholous Radloff, and Renald Thompson — Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security.

• Leigh Neitzel — Directorate of Public Works.

• Wesley Elliott, Melissa Van Horn, and Benjamin Windsor — Equipment Concentration Site-67.

• Michael Roman — Network Enterprise Center.

• Eric Haschke — Resource Management Office.

The wrong name was printed in a previous edition welcoming new employees. Belinda Martin started in the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center in in February.

Next issue of The Real McCoy

The next issue of The Real McCoy will be published April 27. The deadline for submissions to be considered for publication is noon April 18.

For more information, call 608-388-4128.