Fort McCoy News September 27, 2013

News Notes

Beautify areas during Fall Clean-Up Day Oct. 2

Fort McCoy's Fall Clean-Up Day is Wednesday, Oct 2.

Clean-up days are designated for garrison and tenant organizations to clean the interiors and the exteriors of facilities and to beautify areas.


South Post Housing Town Hall meeting, tour set for Oct. 5

A fall South Post residents Town Hall meeting and tour has been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the Community Center, 6158 H Circle.

The event is being held in conjunction with the Fort McCoy Fire Department's Fun Day Oct. 5, which is serving as a kickoff to Fire Prevention Week.

The fall South Post residents Town Hall meeting and tour will update residents on seasonal information and construction projects status, and seek input to Housing policy and discuss the railroad crossing "Quiet Zone."

Following the brief Town Hall meeting, residents attending will have the opportunity to tour the Community Center renovations to see the new floor plan and expanded Community Room.

Immediately following the meeting, the Fire Department's Fun Day will be open to the Fort McCoy community to enjoy many activities for Families and a free lunch at Patriot Park.

For more information about the meeting, call Sherry Oslie at 608-388-3906.


Fort McCoy Installation Legal Office looking for volunteer tax preparers

The Fort McCoy Installation Legal Office (ILO) is looking for a few good people to serve as volunteer tax preparers for the income tax return season.

Col. Audrey Lewis, ILO Staff Judge Advocate, said the ILO runs a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for military eligible personnel in accordance with Internal Revenue Service standards.

If you can answer "yes" to any of the following questions, the ILO requests that you consider volunteering to become a professional tax preparer in the VITA program: Are you interested in learning a new skill? Are you good with numbers? Do you desire to understand your own income taxes? Do you want to help Soldiers, Families and retirees?

Program volunteers are trained thoroughly to prepare 1040 EZs, 1040As, and 1040s federal income tax forms with associated schedules, deductions, credits, and even rental property tax forms.

Volunteers gain a marketable skill, work with an experienced, supportive team, and provide a highly beneficial service for Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, retirees and Family members.

Volunteers can set their own schedule. Personnel interested in serving can contact the ILO Legal Assistance Section at 608-388-2165, ext. 1, and leave their names and telephone numbers.

(Submitted by the Installation Legal Office.)


Basketball, volleyball league registrations underway

Registration for Fort McCoy's winter basketball and volleyball leagues is underway.

League play is held at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

The leagues are free and open to all authorized fitness center patrons who are at least 16 years old. Patrons can sign up as individuals or teams. A minimum of four teams is required for each league.

The basketball league will play at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Jan. 7, 2014.

The volleyball league will play at 5:15, 6:15 and 7:15 Wednesdays, starting Jan. 8.

Register for the leagues by Friday, Jan. 3 by visiting the fitness center or calling 608-388-3200/2290.


Whitetail Ridge season passes available Oct. 1- Dec. 22

Fort McCoy's Whitetail Ridge Ski Area is offering Early Bird Specials from Oct. 1 through Dec. 22 for the 2013-2014 season.

Specials include season passes for individual/Family facility use, and cross-country and downhill ski equipment rental. Passes can be purchased at the Pine View Campground Office, building 8053.

For more information, call 608-388-3517, or visit the website


Donate blood during Oct. 3 Red Cross blood drive

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Thursday, Oct. 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-27677) or by visiting the website Walk-ins are also welcome.


Supervisor Academy training October topic stress management

The Supervisor Academy's October topic will be stress management. Participants can choose between training sessions offered Oct. 3 at 8 a.m. or Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. at the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, building 2111.

Through self-assessment, participants will determine how they manage personal stress, discuss stress-management techniques, and share thoughts about what causes stress and how to best deal with life stress. Discussion also will include physical and psychological symptoms of stress.

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

It gives new and experienced supervisors the opportunity to attend a 60- to 90-minute training session each month to learn new skills, improve existing skills and develop a supervisor's tool box.

Register by Sept. 30 by calling 608-388-3505.


Bowling league accepting registrations, play begins Oct. 7

Registration for Fort McCoy's bowling league is underway. League play begins Monday, Oct. 7 at Thunder Bowl Bowling Center located inside McCoy's Community Club, building 1571. Team practice begins at 6:15 p.m. with matches starting at 6:30 p.m.

Teams will consist of four members, plus alternates if needed. Individuals who would like to participate can be placed on a team.

Thunder Bowl offers eight lanes, automatic scoring, bumper bowling, and state-of the-art equipment.

Food and beverages are available for purchase. For more information or to register, call 608-388-7060.


Discover your inner St. Bernard, owl or lion during Oct. 15 workshop

The Fort McCoy Army Family Team Building program will present the "Are you a St. Bernard, an Owl or a Lion?" workshop Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

During this fun and interactive class, participants will discover their personal strengths when relating to others.

Personality traits will be explored to better know oneself in order to better communicate with others. Register by Friday, Oct. 11 by calling 608-388-3505.


Disability Employment Awareness Month observance set for Oct. 17

The Army Reserve Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Office will host a Disability Employment Awareness Month program Thursday, Oct. 17 at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571.

The event is open to everyone in the Fort McCoy community. Lunch will be on your own from 11:30 to noon, and the program will begin at noon.

The guest speaker for this year's event is Jerome Lyons of the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) located in Arlington, Va. For more than 20 years, CAP has provided assistive technology and accommodations to ensure people with disabilities and wounded service members have equal access to the information environment and opportunities in the Department of Defense and throughout the federal government. They continue to enhance productivity and job retention of federal employees with disabilities, assist both employees and service members who acquire disabilities, and introduce innovative technology to improve access to information by all.

Lyons will discuss CAP's availability to help disabled veterans, federal employees and employers, to enable people to do their jobs in a more-productive/efficient manner and to assist federal agencies increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities by providing accommodations.

For more information about this event, contact the Army Reserve EEO Office at 608-388-3106/3107. If you need special services/accommodations due to a disability, call the EEO office.

(Submitted by the Army Reserve Equal Employment Opportunity Office.)


Fort McCoy laundromats closing for season

The following Fort McCoy laundromats will be closed for the winter, effective Oct. 1: buildings 651, 755, 1735, 1856, 2002, 2568, 2671, and 2763.

These facilities will open again in spring for the 2014 training season.

Two laundromats — buildings 2877 and 1671 — will stay open all winter.

Laundromats are intended exclusively for use by Soldiers training at Fort McCoy pursuant to Military Orders. Civilians, contractors, and retired military are not authorized to use these facilities.

For more information, call Kert Hanson Facility Manager/Troop Facilities Support Branch, at 608-388-3800.


Domestic abuse prevention information available

Domestic abuse prevention information will be available at Fort McCoy throughout October.

Fort McCoy will offer several activities to publicize domestic abuse issues and present information about its prevention, said Terry Rogalla, Fort McCoy Family Advocacy program manager for Army Community Service (ACS).

Resource tables with information about domestic abuse prevention will be set up at the Exchange, building 1538; McCoy's Community Club, building 1571; and the Community Activity Center, building 2000.

For more information about domestic abuse prevention in the Fort McCoy community, call ACS at 608-388-3505/2412.


AER application process for sergeants first class to change

Senior noncommissioned officers in the rank of sergeant first class (E-7s) no longer will have to submit Army Emergency Relief (AER) applications to their immediate commander or first sergeant as of Oct. 1.

The change to AER policy was made based upon feedback from command sergeants major across the Army and a recommendation during the 2013 World Wide Training Conference.

Current AER policy says that senior noncommissioned officers in the grades of E-8 and above (master sergeant/first sergeant and sergeant major/command sergeant major) are exempt from the requirement to obtain a recommendation from their company commander or first sergeant when requesting AER assistance.

The exemption applies to Soldiers in the rank of sergeant first class Oct. 1.

For more information about the AER assistance program or other AER policy in the Fort McCoy community, call the Army Community Service Center at 608-388-6712/3505.