Fort McCoy News July 12, 2013

News Notes

Family Fun Day set for July 13 at Pine View

A Family Fun Day event will be held Saturday, July 13 at the Pine View Campground at Fort McCoy. The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is free and open to the public.

Activities planned include inflatable games, Grandpa Nick's Petting Farm, the Fort McCoy Police and Fire Smokehouse, face painting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a sponge relay at noon. Grilled food will be sold from 11 a.m. to 1 pm.


Donations being accepted for Feds Feed Families at Fort McCoy

The Feds Feed Families campaign is under way at Fort McCoy and continues through the end of August.

The campaign is a voluntary effort by federal employees to donate non-perishable food items for distribution to local food banks.

At Fort McCoy collection boxes are located at the Commissary, building 1537; the Exchange, building 1538; IHG Army Lodging, building 51; the Fort McCoy Chapel complex, building 2675; the Wisconsin Military Academy, building 90; the 88th Regional Support Command, building 60; the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy, building 95; and the NCO Academy, building 1361.

Anyone can contribute items to the campaign. The most-requested types of food/household item donations are: canned fruits, canned vegetables, multigrain cereals, grains, canned proteins, soups, 100 percent juice, condiments, snacks, baking goods, hygiene items, paper products and household items.

To establish an additional collection point, contact the Fort McCoy Headquarters and Headquarters Company at 608-388-8694.
For more information about the Feds Feed Families campaign visit the website


Community Activity Center hosts tournaments in July

The Community Activity Center, building 2000, will host tournaments in July. Play begins at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Tournaments include sand volleyball Saturdays, July 13 and 27 at 5 p.m.; horseshoe Wednesday, July 17; foosball Friday, July 19; pingpong Wednesday, July 24; shuffleboard Friday, July 26 and air hockey Wednesday, July 31.

Poker League will play Thursdays at 5 p.m. during July and August.

Registration for events will be accepted until one hour before the start of an event.

For more details, call 608-388-3213.


Building a Resource Library training set for July 18

Building a Resource Library training will be offered Thursday, July 18 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

Training is designed to assist Family Readiness Group members, unit commanders and Family Readiness support assistants on resources available to them within the community, online, the MilitaryOneSource, ArmyOneSource, and MyArmyBenefits websites and many more.

Register by Monday, July 15 by calling 608-388-3505.


Family Advocacy Program briefing set for July 24

A Family Advocacy Program Brief will be held Wednesday, July 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

Army Regulation 608-18 mandates that all commanders and command senior noncommissioned officer advisers receive the brief within 90 days of assuming command and annually thereafter.

Registration is required by Wednesday, July 17. For more information or to register, call 608-388-3505.


Hunter Education Course offered at Fort McCoy

A Wisconsin Hunter Education Course will be held July 25-Aug. 29 with class sessions on Thursdays and Fridays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Fort McCoy Public Safety Center, building 1681. The course fee is $10 and is open to the public.

Personnel of all ages may enroll, however, there are some restrictions on youths under the age of 12.

The course will offer general hunter safety information and provide participants with a safety education certificate. This course meets Hunter Education Requirements for all 50 states and Canada.

For questions or to enroll, call Joe Valeska at 608-366-1008.


NASCAR Night set for July 25 at McCoy's

Fort McCoy's 2013 NASCAR Night is set for Thursday, July 25 at 6 p.m. at McCoy's, building 1571.

The event will feature car and driver displays, a tire-changing contest, tricycle races, and food and drink specials.

For more information, call 608-388-2065.


Finance control methods topic of July 25 class

A Financial Management 101 class will be held Thursday, July 25 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

This first class of a three-part series will cover financial indicators that determine how solvent participants are with their finances and why taking control of their financial futures is important. It will also cover how to avoid the social media and advertisements designed to get into your wallet.

Register for this class by Wednesday, July 24 by calling 608-388-3505.

The next classes in the series will be held Aug. 22 and Sept 12. Attendance at all three classes is encouraged but not required.


Pre-retirement, ACAP, TAP briefings Aug. 5-9 at McCoy's

Pre-retirement, Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP), and Transition Assistance Program (TAP) briefings will be held Aug. 5-9.

The pre-retirement portion will be held Aug. 5 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571. The briefing will cover benefits and issues related to military retirement.

The ACAP Transition Overview portion will be held Aug. 6 from approximately 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at building 50, room 100.

The ACAP DD 2648 Form is mandatory for those who will be retiring or separating from the military. This form must be completed online at prior to attending.

The TAP portion will be held Aug. 6 from approximately 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Aug. 7-8 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The briefing will include information about resume writing, interviewing skills, job access and other job-search issues.

The Financial Management and Veterans Affairs briefing will be held Aug. 9 from approximately 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The briefings are open to servicemembers who will retire or separate within 12 months of the briefings.

Spouses are welcome to attend. For more information or to request a registration form, contact Tom Kunz, ACAP counselor, at 608-388-7941 or by e-mail at

Registration must be received by July 26.