Fort McCoy News October 25, 2013

News Notes

The Real McCoy resumes publication Oct. 25

The Real McCoy resumes its regular publication schedule with the Oct. 25, 2013 issue.

An Oct. 11 issue of the paper and the online version wasn't published because of the government shutdown.

Remaining issues scheduled for 2013 in addition to Oct. 25 are Nov. 8 and 22 and Dec. 13. For more information about The Real McCoy and The Real McCoy Online, call the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office at 608-388-2769/4128.


Digital Photography contest accepting entries through Nov. 30

The 2013 Army Digital Photography contest is accepting submissions to the annual competition through Nov. 30.

The contest has two major divisions: a Military division for active-duty military members, and an Other Eligible Participant division for Department of the Army civilians, Family members and retirees.

Seven categories are available within each division — people, military life, nature and landscapes, animals, still life, design elements and digital darkroom.

Participants must complete an online profile and submit entries through the contest website at Complete rules also are available at the website.


Flu shots available for select personnel at McCoy Health clinic

Flu shots will be available at the Health Clinic, building 2669, starting Oct. 30 for select Fort McCoy personnel only. Department of Emergency Services Fire Department and Police Department personnel, Child Development Center employees and active-duty military service members are eligible.

The immunizations will be available on a walk-in basis Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m.

For more information, call the Health Clinic at 608-388-3025. Common Access Cards are required to receive the immunization.


Halloween run/walk set for Oct. 31

A No Treats Just Tricks one-mile run/walk team relay will be held Thursday, Oct. 31 at 11:30 a.m. at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

Each member of each three-person team will run/walk 1 mile of the 3-mile race. Participants must wear Halloween costumes to compete. Prizes will be awarded to the running/walking teams with the fastest combined times and for the top-three costumes.

Register online at or by calling 608-388-2290. Registration ends at 11 a.m. the day of the race. There is no registration fee.


Chili Cook-Off set for Nov. 1 at CAC

A Chili Cook-Off will be held Nov. 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Community Activity Center (CAC), building 2000. The competition is open to all authorized Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons.

Chili must be prepared from raw ingredients (no mixes, etc.) and cannot include noodles/macaroni. Chili must be cooked prior to the competition. Contestants must provide their own heated serving unit and serving utensil. The CAC will provide sample cups, spoons and napkins. One submission per contestant is allowed.

Patrons with or without submissions in the competition can participate in the taste-testing and vote for their favorite chili. Prizes will be awarded to the two chili submissions with the most votes. For more information or to register, call 608-388-3213.

Registration will be accepted until 10:30 a.m. the day of the event at the CAC.


Army Entertainment applications for 2014 season due Nov. 1

Army Entertainment is seeking technicians and performers for the 2014 U.S. Army Soldier Show and Army Concert Tour. Nominations are due to Army Entertainment by Nov. 1.

Recruitment is open to all Soldiers — active, Reserve and Guard — with sufficient time in service remaining and who can be deployed worldwide.

Video auditions and technical review will take place mid-January 2014, and finalists will be notified by Army Entertainment.
Soldiers selected for 2014 Army Entertainment programs must have change-of-duty or change-of-rater evaluation reports completed prior to departure from the parent unit.

For more information or to submit an application visit the website


Daylight Saving ends Nov. 3; turn back clocks one hour

Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 a.m. At Fort McCoy, Central Standard Time resumes on this day.

People are encouraged to turn clocks back one hour the evening of Saturday, Nov. 2 in preparation. This also is a good time to check the operability of smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers.

For more information about fire safety in the Fort McCoy community, call 608-388-4077.


Influence Style topic of November Supervisor Academy

Supervisor Academy training for November will be "Influence Style." Training sessions will be offered at the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, building 2111, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. or Nov. 14 at 8 a.m.

Sometimes a leader needs to get their way for the benefit of the team. Influencing other people helps a leader get their own way in a positive manner for both the team's benefit and the leader's benefit.

Participants will work in small groups to discuss and then apply the four main influencing styles "Sound Reasoning," "Carrot and Stick," "Trust and Involvement," and "Shared Enthusiasm." The Supervisor Academy is provided by ACS and the Fort McCoy

Directorate of Human Resources. Register by Oct. 30 by calling 608-388-3505.


Veterans Day prayer luncheon set for Nov. 7 at McCoy's

The Religious Support Office (RSO) will host a Veterans Day prayer luncheon Thursday, Nov. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571.

A free lunch, compliments of the Chaplain Tithes & Offering Fund, will be offered.

The event is limited to the first 100 people who RSVP.

For more information or to RSVP, call the RSO at 608-388-3528 or e-mail Eve Bean at


Workshops to make ceramic plates set for November

Military Family Appreciation Ceramic Plate workshops will be offered in November. The workshops will be held in building 2161, located across from the Army Community Service (ACS) Center.

Workshop dates are Saturdays Nov. 2, 16 and 23 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.; and Thursdays Nov. 7, 14 and 23 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Each Family will be furnished with all the supplies needed to create a ceramic plate that is significant to them.

The dishwasher-safe plates can be used or displayed. The plates will be kiln fired and will be available for pick up at ACS about 14 days after the workshop.

The workshops are open to military personnel, retirees and Department of Defense civilians.

Class sizes are limited. Register at least two days in advance by calling 608-388-3505.


Create Family Christmas cards during workshops Nov. 16, Dec.7

Family Christmas Card workshops will be held Saturdays, Nov. 16 and Dec. 7 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at building 2161, located across from the Army Community Service Center, building, 2111.

The workshops are open to the entire Fort McCoy community.

All supplies to create Christmas cards will be furnished. A minimum of one adult and one child must register together to participate.

Class sizes are limited. Register for the Nov. 16 workshop by Nov. 8 and the Dec. 7 workshop by Nov. 27.

For more information or to register call 608-388-3505.


Laundry facilities close for winter season

The laundry facilities located in Fort McCoy buildings 651, 755, 1735, 1856, 2002, 2568, 2671, and 2763 are closed for the winter. These facilities will open again in spring of 2014.

The laundry facilities located in buildings 2877 and 1671 remain open.

Laundry facilities 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 the Troop Facilities Support Branch facility manager at 608-388-3800.


Pool, atrium area offer expanded operating hours

The Rumpel Fitness Center pool and atrium has expanded operating hours. Current pool hours are Monday through Thursday 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Jeff Uhlig, Community Recreation Division chief, said the change in hours resulted from the extensive repair and remodeling of the pool and atrium area completed earlier this year.

"In the past, the pool was shut down for cleaning for three hours each day from 8 to 11 a.m.," he said. "We now are able to conduct the pool cleaning automatically after hours."

The expanded hours come at no additional expense or increased labor since staff was already on hand to perform the cleaning, he said.

This allows fitness center patrons a lot more time to use the pool, he said. "If someone wants to swim for an hour from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., they can. Before they had to leave at eight, and they were not able to get in again until eleven."

Uhlig said extensive testing was done on the cleaning equipment by the contractor that performed the renovation work. "Follow up testing was done by Rumpel Fitness Center staff to ensure our high standards of water quality could be maintained."

The pool and atrium area feature a three-lane lap pool; pool accessories such as fins, kick boards, water aerobics dumbbells, etc.; a steam room; sauna; whirlpool and sun-bathing deck. Aquatics fitness classes also are available.

For a listing of current fitness classes or for more information about fitness center offerings visit the website or call 608-388-2290.


Veterans Golf Course closed for season

TOMAH, Wis. (Tomah Veterans Medical Center Public Affairs) — The Tomah Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center closed its Veterans Golf Course Oct. 13, to wrap up the 2013 season.

The season ended sooner than normal due to a construction project that began Oct. 14, that affected two holes on the golf course.

The project will create a system of underground pipes that will eventually provide heating and cooling to two new buildings, building 405 (residential treatment programs) and building 455 (clinical recreation building).

The Veterans Golf Course is a non-profit course whose primary purpose is to provide golf for veterans receiving care at the Tomah VA. Funds generated from public play and donations provide the means to operate and maintain the course.

Season passes for 2014 will be available throughout the winter. For more information about the golf course, how to sign up to be a golf course volunteer or to purchase a season pass, call Tomah VA Voluntary Services at 608-372-1727.