Fort McCoy News Jan. 12, 2018

News Notes

Moonlit Snowshoe Tour set for Feb. 3

The Moonlit Snowshoe Tour is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area.

The event is a guided tour through Whitetail Ridge trails. There will be three routes to choose from, up to a mile long. Hot chocolate, coffee, and s'mores will be available afterward at the chalet.

Registration is required by 6 p.m. Feb. 3. The event is open to the public.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-4498.

Class on coping strategies scheduled for Feb. 8

A "Coping Strategies for the Uncertainties of Life" class is scheduled for 9 to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 8 at Army Community Service.

The class offers strategies to help adults cope with unexpected developments and disappointments in their lives.

Registration is required by Feb. 1. ACS events are open to military members, civilian workers, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.

Call Army Community Service at 608-388-7262 for more information or to register.

Military Appreciation, chili contest scheduled for Feb. 10

Military Appreciation Day and the Chili Taste-Off are scheduled for Feb. 10 at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area.

Military Appreciation Day is 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Military members and their Family members get half off lift tickets, equipment rental, and tubing passes. Raffle prizes (for military members only) will be drawn at noon.

The Chili Taste-Off is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants submit their favorite recipes, and chalet guests can taste it and vote on their favorites. Participants must register and be set up by 10:30 a.m.

These events are open to the public. For more information or to register, call 608-388-4498.

Valentine card workshop set for Feb. 10

A Family Valentine card workshop is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Army Community Service Family Building, 2161.

All materials are supplied. Families can spend time together making cards for the holiday. Class size is limited, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Families may register for one- to three-hour blocks of time. Families in the Exceptional Family Member Program may start at 8:30 a.m.

Registration is required by Feb. 5. ACS events are open to military members, civilian workers, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.

Call 608-388-3505 for more information or to register.

AER representative training set for Feb. 14, 21

Army Emergency Relief (AER) unit representative training is scheduled for 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 14 or 21 at Army Community Service, building 2111.

The training helps explain what AER is and what a unit representative does. AER is dedicated to "helping the Army take care of its own" by providing financial assistance to Soldiers with money donated by Soldiers.

Registration is required by Feb. 10. For more information or to register, call 608-388-3540.

Scholarships for Military Children deadline is Feb. 16

The Fisher House Foundation's Scholarships for Military Children program is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year through Feb. 16.

Now entering its 18th year, the program was created to recognize the "contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force and to celebrate the role of the commissary in the military family community," according to militaryscholar.org.

At least one scholarship worth $2,000 will be awarded at every commissary location where qualified applications are received. Additional recipients will be selected on a prorated basis, so more scholarships will be awarded at those stores with larger numbers of applicants. A total of 700 scholarship grants will be awarded this year.

To qualify, applicants must be a dependent, unmarried child younger than 21 — or 23, if enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university — of a service member on active duty, a Reserve or Guard member, retiree, survivor of a military member who died while on active duty, or survivor of a retiree.

Applicants should ensure that they and their sponsors are enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System database and have a military ID card.

The applicant must attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university, full time, in the fall of 2018 or be enrolled in studies designed to transfer to a four-year program.

Applications must be hand-delivered or shipped to the commissary where the applicant's Family normally shops. Applications cannot be emailed or faxed. For more information, visit militaryscholar.org.

Flag shadow-box workshops set for Feb. 20, 22

Flag shadow-box workshops are scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 20 and 22 at the Army Community Service Wood Shop, building 1133.

The shadow boxes will hold a folded U.S. flag and military memorabilia. All materials and instructions are provided. Class sizes are limited, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration is required by Feb. 14. ACS events are open to military members, civilian workers, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.

Call Army Community Service at 608-388-3505 for more information or to register.

'It's All About Us Day' scheduled for Feb. 24

The "It's All About Us" workshop is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 24 at Army Community Service Family Building, 2161.

Participants will get a chance to try out new activities, such as quilting, canvas painting, chair yoga, quilling, latch hook, nail art, and journaling.

Crafting supplies will be provided, or participants may bring their own projects. Bring a potluck dish or snacks, along with the recipe, to share. Families should bring their own drinks.

The event is open to military, retirees, civilian workers, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. Participants must be 12 years or older, and children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Space is limited. Registration is required by Feb. 2. For more information or to register, call 608-388-3505.

DeCA offers health resources online, in stores

If saving more money and eating healthier are part of your new year's resolutions, the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) has plenty of in-store promotions and resources to help.

Patrons can check out www.commissaries.com for a treasure trove of recipes. The website offers access to the "Savings Center" for a sales flier with current sales pricing and the "Thinking Outside the Box" section, which offers quick solutions for dietitian-approved and economical meal options.

The Savings Center also has links to the Commissary Rewards Card program and information on featured promotional items, commissary store brands, links to coupons, and more.

For patrons who want help making nutritious choices when they shop their commissary, DeCA offers the Nutrition Guide shelf sign program with color-coded labels that depict key nutrient attributes: low sodium, low fat, whole grain, no added sugar, good source of fiber, and organic.

Throughout January, DeCA's industry partners are collaborating with commissaries to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substituted events for certain promotional programs. Customers should check their local commissary for details on promotions.

For information on the Fort McCoy Commissary, call 608-388-3542 or visit building 1537.

Post welcomes new employees

New employees started working in several post organizations in December.

Welcome to the following new employees:

• Lawrence Modjeska — Directorate of Emergency Services.

• Robert Burch and Richard Sorenson — Directorate of Public Works.

Next issue of The Real McCoy

The next issue of The Real McCoy will be published Jan. 26. The deadline for submissions to be considered for publication in the Jan. 26 issue is noon Jan. 17.

For more information, call 608-388-4128.