Fort McCoy News August 23, 2013

News Notes

Weekend events set at Sportsman's Range

Fort McCoy's Sportsman's Range has events lined up for eligible patrons. Competitions are held Saturdays unless otherwise noted.

A 3-gun shoot competition will be held Aug. 24; a .22 shoot competition Aug. 31; a trap, match play tournament Sunday, Sept. 1; an archery shoot competition, Sept. 7; a big buck contest (early archery) Saturday, Sept. 14-Thursday, Nov. 21; a singles, 25-handicapped, 25-doubles trap shoot Sept. 21 and a 3-gun shoot Sept. 28.

For details about times, rules, fees, eligibility, etc., visit the website, or call 608-388-3517.


Women's Equality Day luncheon set for Aug. 27

A Women's Equality Day luncheon will be held Aug. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571.

The guest speaker, Andrea Kaminski, will begin her presentation at noon.

Kaminski is the executive director for the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Education Network.

In this capacity, she has testified before state and federal legislative committees on voting rights and other issues important to the League. She also has a background in nonprofit management and women's issues. Kaminski is a member of the City of Madison Election Advisory Committee and of the Wisconsin Election Administration Council, under the Government Accountability Board.

For more information about the luncheon, call 608-388-3246.


Bonus tags available for archery deer hunters

A limited number of Fort McCoy Antlerless Archery Deer season bonus tags will be available for purchase by Fort McCoy regular archery permit holders on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m.

Hunters already must have purchased a Fort McCoy regular archery permit for $17 before they can purchase a bonus tag.

Bonus tags will cost $12 each, and each hunter is eligible to buy only one bonus tag.

Archery permits and archery bonus tags must be purchased through an authorized automated license issuance system (ALIS) agent or the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Online Licensing Center. ALIS equipment is available at Fort McCoy's Pine View Campground, building 8053 (general public), or the Exchange, building 1538 (military only).

For more information, call the Fort McCoy Permit Sales Office, building 2168, at 608-388-3337.


Sportsman's Days weekend at Pine View Aug. 30-Sept. 1

Pine View Campground will hold a Sportsman's Days themed weekend Aug. 30 through Sept. 1. The weekend will be dedicated to individuals who enjoy outdoor activities. The campground and activities are open to the public.

Activities and contests include a fishing contest, raffle drawings, flint-and-steel fire-starting instruction, s'mores snacks, canoe tug-of-war, .22 shoot activity, scavenger hunt, fishing expo, clay birds contest and a parent/child archery contest.

Details about the event can be found at For camping reservations call 608-388-3517.


Retiree Appreciation Day set for Sept. 6 at Fort McCoy

A military Retiree Appreciation Day will be held at Fort McCoy Friday, Sept. 6 from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.; sign in starts at 7 a.m. at building 905. Retirees from all branches of the armed forces and their Family members are eligible to attend.

Retiree Appreciation Day is an opportunity for all armed forces retirees, spouses, widows and/or guests to receive updated information about retiree entitlement programs.

Photo identification is required for all personnel to access Fort McCoy.

Lunch is available for purchase on the installation.

Pre-registration is required and must be accomplished by Aug. 29.

The registration form, available online at, contains detailed information about the event. Direct questions to 608-388-3716 or 800-452-0923.

The registration form also contains a complete listing of Retiree Appreciation Day events being held throughout the Midwest.


Commemorative Area open to public Sept. 6

Fort McCoy's Commemorative Area will be open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. There is no charge for admission.

The picturesque setting helps to tell the unique history of Fort McCoy. The area includes the History Center, five World War II-era buildings, an Equipment Park, and Veterans Memorial Plaza.

Guests must enter the installation through the Main Gate off of Highway 21 between Sparta and Tomah, Wis.

Adults must be prepared to present photo identification.

Public Affairs staff will be on site to answer questions. For details, call 608-388-2407.


Centershot Archery Ministry begins Sept. 11 on South Post

The Centershot Archery Ministry program will hold sessions each Wednesday from Sept. 11 through Oct. 30 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the South Post Community Center, building 6158.

Centershot is a chaplain-sponsored program designed to teach archery while helping to develop self-esteem, character and spiritual resiliency. Each session will include archery shooting and Bible study. All skill levels are welcome. No prior archery experience is required.

The program is open to Department of Defense civilian and military dependents who are 6 to 17 years old.

Participants must register in advance for the free course. Space is limited and early registration is encouraged.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-3528.


Best-selling author presents 'Your Resolve' at McCoy's Sept. 12

"Your Resolve," presented by Dave Pelzer, will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571. Dinner is available for purchase from 5 to 6 p.m., which includes a meet and greet with Pelzer.

During the 90-minute presentation Pelzer, the author of the New York Times Best-Selling book "Help Yourself," will weave his life's story through examples, and will stress proven, real-life, common sense advice for the audience to apply immediately.

Pelzer laces the program with relevant humor and advises the audience on the importance of taking care of themselves, so they in turn, can continue to be of service to others.

Pelzer, having survived an extreme, life-threatening childhood, later became the recipient of The National Jefferson Award and is an honoree of The Outstanding Young Persons of the World. He knows first-hand about the art of resilience while being of service to fellow man. He is the author of seven inspirational books. Pelzer's first book, "A Child Called 'It'" has been on the New York Times Best Sellers List for more than six years. For over two decades, he has dedicated his life to helping others ... to help themselves.

Register by Sept. 5 by calling 608-388-3505.


Conflict management topic of September Supervisor Academy

Supervisor Academy training for September will be "Conflict Management." Participants can choose between training sessions offered Sept. 12 at 8 a.m. or Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. at the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, building 2111.

Participants will define conflict, learn the Four Pillars of Respect in conflict situations, and apply the steps of confrontation when conflict arises while also discussing ways to resolve conflict in a positive way and why/how settlement is not always resolution.
Register by Sept. 5 by calling 608-388-3505.

The Supervisor Academy is provided by ACS and the Fort McCoy Directorate of Human Resources.


Learn to sell like an eBay 'pro' during Sept. 17 class

A Basics of Selling on eBay class will be offered Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

The class, led by certified eBay Instructor Joel Karsten, will teach participants to sell like a "pro." Topics include researching and creating listings that will attract buyers, enhancing listings with better descriptions and photography, setting pricing that will maximize profits, opening and using a PayPal account to simplify getting paid, monitoring sales to know exactly what's working and what's not, and avoiding costly mistakes.

Participants will receive a free eBay workbook. Register by Tuesday, Sept. 10 by calling 608-388-3505.


Employment Interviewing workshop set for Sept. 19

An Employment Interviewing Workshop will be held Thursday, Sept. 19 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

The workshop will help participants learn to anticipate commonly asked questions and prepare responses that impress employers, demonstrate the link between their talents and an organization's needs, and effectively convey their skills, achievements and potential. They will also learn to ask appropriate questions during the interview and how to non-verbally communicate the qualities that employers seek.

Register by Sept. 6 by calling 608-388-3505.


Child Development Center has openings for pre-school children

The Fort McCoy Child Development Center (CDC), building 1796, currently has openings for infant to preschool age children in its state-of-the-art facility. The CDC program has been accredited by NAEYC (National Association for the Education of the Young Child).

Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack are provided. Developmentally appropriate activities are offered for the children. A sliding fee scale, based on household income, is used to determine fees.

Eligible Families are encouraged to stop by for a visit to check out the program. For more information, call 608-388-8956 or 608-388-2238.