Fort McCoy News September 13, 2013

News Notes

Day for Kids event Sept. 14 at McCoy

Fort McCoy's Day for Kids, which is free and open to all Fort McCoy Families, is set for Saturday, Sept. 14.

The kids fun run begins at 9 a.m., and other activities will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Post Community Center, building 6158. A complimentary hot dog lunch will be offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or while supplies last. Activities include a variety of kid-centric games and activities including activity/informational booths by various installation organizations, door prizes, and inflatable games.

Parking at the event is limited so attendees must use caution when parking on South Post streets and while walking to and from the event.

For more information about the event, call 608-388-4373.


PWOC Bible study under way, meets Wednesdays

The Fort McCoy Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC) Bible Study "Follow Me," by David Platt is under way. The study is held Wednesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Chapel Center, building 2675.

Attendance at every session of the study is not required, and participants can join at any time. Child care will be provided for preschoolers. For more information, call Julie Raub at 608-269-0467 or Shawn Mosley at 608-366-1349.


Big Buck Contest starts Sept. 14 at Sportsman's Range

A Big Buck Contest (early archery) will be held from Sept. 14 through Nov. 21 at Fort McCoy's Sportsman's Range.

Deer will be judged by the number of antler points; in the case of a tie the outside spread will be used as the tie breaker. The deer with the most points wins. A prize will be awarded to the hunter with the top overall buck.

The contest entry fee is $10. All eligible users of Sportsman's Range may enter. For eligibility information, call 608-388-3517 or visit the website

Deer entered do not have to be from Fort McCoy but must be registered at Pine View Campground or the Sportsman's Range by Nov. 22. For more information, call 608-388-3517.


Free ballroom dance lessons offered at Fort McCoy

Ballroom dance lessons for personnel of all dancing abilities will be offered at Fort McCoy in building 905.

Swing will be held Tuesdays at 7 p.m. from Sept. 17 through Oct. 22. Rumba will be held Thursdays at 7 p.m. from Sept. 19 through Oct. 24. The free dance lessons are open to the public.

The lessons will be offered by Shawn and Jimi McConnell, who have 24 years of social ballroom dance experience. Partnered personnel as well as singles can attend the lessons. The lessons will conclude with a dance party on the last day of class.

For more information or to register, call 309-838-1030 or e-mail


Fort McCoy Roadkill 5K run set for Sept. 18

A Roadkill 5K run will be held Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 11:30 a.m. at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122. The event is open to the entire Fort McCoy community.

The run starts at the fitness center and continues out Gate 20. Prizes will be awarded to the first- and second-place male and female finishers.

Return completed registration forms to the fitness center before 11 a.m. the day of the race. Forms are available at the fitness center and online at Registration also is available online through webtrac at Call 608-388-2290 for more information.


Hispanic Heritage observance set for Sept. 19

Fort McCoy will observe Hispanic Heritage month Thursday, Sept. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McCoy's, building 1571. The guest speaker, Manuel Fernandez, associate professor of Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will present at noon.

Fernandez's most current research is on the music of the Cuban hip-hop group Los Aldeanos and on music produced outside of Cuba by the island's diaspora.

Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. It is a time to recognize the contributions made by and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and to celebrate the group's heritage and culture.

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


100-Bird Trap Shoot at Sportsman's Range Sept. 21

A 100-Bird Trap Shoot will be held at Fort McCoy's Sportsman's Range Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The contest is open to all eligible users of Sportsman's Range.

Participants will shoot 100 clay pigeons in three rounds — 25 from the 16-yard line, 25 single handicapped, and 50 double from the 16-yard line. Prizes will be awarded.

Participants can preregister at Pine View Campground or Sportsman's Range, or they can register the day of the contest at Sportsman's Range.

The registration fee is $40 for non-members and $35 for members.

Shotguns rented at the range must use ammunition purchased at the range. For details, call 608-388-3517 or visit


Safety Day, health benefits event Sept. 25

The annual Fort McCoy Safety Day will be hosted by the Installation Safety Office (ISO) Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at building 905.

Safety Day activities will include the Simulated Impaired Driving Experience (weather permitting), which is a battery-powered vehicle that simulates the effects of distracted and impaired driving; chain saw safety; fire-extinguisher training; and a new interactive fire safety trainer that targets fires that originate in the work place and allows participants to extinguish simulated fires that are intense and true to life, yet completely safe.

Information booths will be offered by Fort McCoy organizations including the ISO; Morale, Welfare and Recreation Outdoor Recreation program; Army Community Service; Religious Support Office; Occupational Health Clinic; TRICARE; the 88th Regional Support Command; Military Family Life Consultants and Army Substance Abuse Program. Off-post organizations include the Department of Veterans Affairs – Tomah, Fit-4-Life – Sparta, the Monroe County Health Department, HON and Right Angle, and Mathew's Inc.

Food will be available for purchase at the event from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

For more information, call the ISO at 608-388-3403.

Health benefits information materials from organizations that provide coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will also be available.

For more information about health benefits, call 608-388-3019.


Family Advocacy Program Brief set for Sept. 25

A Family Advocacy Program Brief will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25 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, Sept. 18. For more information or to register, call 608-388-3505.


Financial Score Card seminar set for Sept. 30 at McCoy's

The seminar "What is Your Financial Score Card?" will be held Monday, Sept. 30 from 8 to 11 a.m. at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571.

The seminar will be presented by Chris Hogan of the Dave Ramsey organization. Seminar topics include financial wellness, budgeting, saving, investing, dos and don'ts of money, financial game planning, defining your retirement and investing in the Thrift Savings Plan.

The seminar will add insight, understanding and broaden participants' knowledge of their financial future.

Register by Sept. 27 by calling Army Community Service at 608-388-3505.


Fire Department Fun Day set for Oct. 5 at South Post

An inaugural Fire Department Fun Day will be hosted by the Fort McCoy Fire Department Saturday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at South Post's Patriot Park, adjacent to the Community Center, 6158 H. Circle.

The free event, which is open to the entire Fort McCoy community, is being held to observe Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12.

Event activities include fire department equipment displays, fire-extinguisher training and safety checks, a Fort McCoy Outdoor Recreation display, and games offered by the Fort McCoy Child, Youth & School Services program.

A MedLink Air Helicopter will be on display at approximately noon.

A complimentary lunch will be served to attendees from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or while supplies last.

For more information, call 608-388-4077.


New 1st sergeant assumes role at HHC, USAG Fort McCoy

A new first sergeant has assumed duties at Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Fort McCoy.

1st Sgt. Richard Sale comes to Fort McCoy from Fort Bragg, N.C., where he served as the first sergeant of HHC of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne).

HHC, USAG Fort McCoy supports garrison events and provides support and shares expertise with all members of the garrison, including civilians, and other personnel in the Fort McCoy community.

The unit also supports garrison ceremonies and other events. HHC, USAG Fort McCoy has control over the combatives/multipurpose indoor training facility in the installation's 600 block.

Sale previously served tours at Fort McCoy with the Staff Sgt. Todd R. Cornell Noncommissioned Officer Academy and the 86th Training Division.

Sale can be reached at 608-388-8698. For administrative support, including scheduling of the combatives/multipurpose indoor training facility, call 608-388-8694.


Pine View offers March, April accommodation special

Pine View Campground is offering a buy one night, get one night free special on cabins, duplexes, yurts, on-site campers and campsites.

The offer is valid on reservations made for stays in March and April 2014.

The nights must be consecutive. To receive the special, call 608-388-3517 or 800-531-4703.

The Campground is open to the public. Outdoor activities, in season, include downhill skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, fishing and a gun/archery range (group reservations only).