Fort McCoy News November 08, 2013

News Notes

Workshops to make ceramic plates continue throughout November

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

Remaining workshop dates are Saturdays Nov. 16 and 23 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.; and Thursdays Nov. 14 and 21 from 4 to 8 p.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.


McCoy's to be closed Saturdays, Sundays

McCoy's Community Club, building 1571, will be closed Saturdays and Sundays beginning Nov. 9. The facility still can be reserved on weekends for catered events, large groups and bowling parties. Weekend hours will return in the spring.

McCoy's houses McCoy's Sports Bar, Primo's Express, and Thunder Bowl Bowling Center.

For more information or to schedule a private party, call 608-388-2065.


Garrison Commanders Call set for Nov. 13 at McCoy's

The Garrison Commanders Call has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at McCoy's, building 1571.

The event offers camaraderie, good fellowship and social rapport.


Native American Heritage Month observance set for Nov. 14

Fort McCoy's observance of National Native American Heritage Month will be held Thursday, Nov. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McCoy's, building 1571. The guest speaker, Jim Northrup, will present at noon.

Northrup, a Vietnam War veteran and member of the Anishinaabe tribe, writes the syndicated column, Fond du Lac Follies, which is distributed by The Circle, The Native American Press, and News from Indian Country newspapers. Fond du Lac Follies was named Best Column at the 1999 Native American Journalists Association convention. Northrup has been a roster artist for the COMPAS Program, a mentor in the Loft Inroads Program, a judge for the Lake Superior Contemporary Writers Series and The Jerome Fellowship, and a member of the Minnesota State Arts Board Prose Panel. He also has given radio commentaries on the Superior Radio Network, National Public Radio, Fresh Air Radio, and the BBC-Scotland.

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


Information session about Viterbo MBA program set for Nov. 14

The Dahl School of Business at Viterbo University will hold a Tomah MBA (Masters of Business Administration) Lunch and Learn Education Session Thursday, Nov. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fort McCoy Education Center, building 50, room 123.

The session will cover the possibility of bringing a portion of the Viterbo MBA program to Fort McCoy to better serve Tomah and Sparta residents and military personnel. Participants will learn about the MBA program details and the admissions process. A question and answer session will follow the meeting.

Courses could begin in January 2014 if the minimum enrollment of 10 students is met.

To RSVP for a complimentary lunch, call 608-796-3379 or send an email to by Nov. 11. Walk-ins are

encouraged, but must bring their own lunch if they are unable to RSVP.

No federal endorsement is implied.


Volleyball, dodgeball tournaments set for November at fitness center

The Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122, will host two sports tournaments in November for authorized fitness center patrons who are 16 years old and older. There are no entry fees. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team of each tournament.

A volleyball tournament will be held Thursday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. Each team needs at least five players but no more than seven players to participate in the best-of-three single-elimination tournament. Register by Nov. 11 at the fitness center.

A dodgeball tournament will be held Thursday, Nov. 21 at 5:30 p.m. Each five-player team in the double-elimination tournament will play three-game matches. Register at the fitness center by Nov. 15.

For more information about the tournaments, call 608-388-2290.


Learn to build a resource library during Nov. 19 training

Building a Resource Library training will be offered Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

The training will assist Family Readiness Group members, Family Readiness Support assistants and commanders on available resources within the community and online such as Military OneSource, Army OneSource, My Army Benefits websites and many more.

The training will provide the tools for participants to better assist Soldiers and Family members.

Register by Monday, Nov. 18 by calling 608-388-3505.


Thanksgiving lunch Nov. 22 at Dining Facility 50

A traditional Thanksgiving lunch will be offered Friday, Nov. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Dining Facility (building) 50 for authorized military personnel.

Authorized military personnel are welcome to invite Family members to dine with them at this special meal.

Thanksgiving meal rates for military personnel receiving basic allowance for subsistence (BAS) and Family members are: discount rates of $6.45 for spouses and other dependents of enlisted personnel in pay grades E-1 to E-4; and the standard rate of $7.60 for all officers and enlisted personnel receiving BAS, and Family members not eligible for the discount rate.

Dining Facility 50 will be closed after the breakfast meal Nov. 24 through dinner Dec. 1, and after the lunch meal Dec. 20 through dinner Jan. 2, 2014.


Family Advocacy briefing set for Nov. 27

A Family Advocacy Program Brief will be held Wednesday, Nov. 27 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, Nov. 20. For more information or to register, call 608-388-3505.


Commissary Scholarship applications available Dec. 3

Applications for the 2014 Scholarships for Military Children program are expected to be available Dec. 3 at local Commissaries and at the Scholarships for Military Children website at For the 2014-15 school year each recipient will receive a $2,000 scholarship grant.

Dependent, unmarried children who are younger than 23 years old of active-duty, Reserve, Guard and retired military personnel, or survivors of service members who died while on active duty or survivors of individuals who died while receiving retired pay from the military, may apply for a scholarship.

Applicants should ensure that they, as well as their sponsor, currently are enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) database and that they have a current dependent military ID card. The DEERS database will be the primary method of verifying eligibility.

Applicants must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time undergraduate degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university in the fall term of 2014.

Applicants who have earned an undergraduate degree or who are enrolled in a graduate degree program are not eligible.

Applications must be hand-carried or mailed to the applicant's local commissary. Applications may not be emailed or faxed.

At Fort McCoy, applications can be delivered to the Commissary, building 1537, or mailed to 1537 South J Street, Fort McCoy, WI 54656. For more information, call 608-388-3542.


New skating rink to be added at Whitetail Ridge

Fort McCoy's Whitetail Ridge Ski Area will feature a new ice skating rink during the 2013-2014 season.

Participants can skate for free on the lighted rink that can accommodate approximately 75 skaters.

Participants must provide their own ice skates.

For more information about ski area offerings, call 608-388-4498 or visit the website


Recreational Lodging available at McCoy for eligible patrons

The Fort McCoy Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation has Recreational Lodging rooms available for rent at the installation for authorized patrons.

The lodging is available for $300 per month, with a minimum 30-day stay. Travelers on Temporary Duty or on official orders are not authorized to use the facilities.

Rooms include a shared bathroom, furnishings, refrigerators and basic cable. A common kitchen and laundry room also are available. Occupants must provide their own TVs, bed linens/pillows and towels.

For more information, including eligibility and reservations, call 608-388-3841 or visit the website


CYSS parent workshop on resiliency Dec. 12

The Monroe County 4-H Agent will speak about resiliency during a parent workshop Thursday, Dec. 12 — a change from the original date — from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at building 1668.

Joshua Goede directs the Monroe County 4-H program, with the help of more than 200 volunteers.

Goede's presentation will be about information on easy ways to help build resiliency in children. Research indicates a child's ability to bounce back from negative experiences is a direct indicator of the future success of the child.

Parents can take various actions to help build and teach coping mechanisms, thereby increasing the resiliency of children.

Following the presentation, a Parent's Advisory Council meeting will be held. For more information or to register for the workshop, call Parent Central Services at 608-388-8956.

Challenge Academy taking applications for January class

An alternative program for "at-risk" youth, the Wisconsin Challenge Academy now is accepting applications for its next class of cadets entering Jan. 16, 2014.

For potential applicants who are highly motivated and committed to turning their life around, the academy — located at Fort McCoy — offers teens at risk of not graduating from high school the opportunity to earn their High School Equivalency Diploma, replace negative habits with positive ones, and develop the life skills necessary to be successful responsible citizens.

To qualify for this program — which is at no cost to Families — applicants, both male and female, must be at least 16 years and nine months old but not yet 19, and have dropped out of school, been expelled, or become at least a year behind in credits.

Candidates must not have been convicted of a felony and cannot be on adult parole or probation at the time of entry.

"The academy was probably the best six months of my life," said Kyle Witt, an academy graduate. "Without it I would have never graduated. If I had the choice I would do it all over again."

For someone who has the desire to get his or her life back on the right path, the Challenge Academy may be a step in the right direction.

Call the Admissions Department toll free at 866-968-8422 or 608-269-4605 for an application, or visit the Challenge Academy's website at

(Submitted by the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs.)


Central Vehicle Wash closed; April 1 reopening targeted

The Central Vehicle Wash facility, located on Washrack Road, is closed for the season.

The facility will reopen April 1, weather permitting.

For more information, call 608-388-6110 or 608-388-2742.