Fort McCoy News November 22, 2013

News Notes

Combined Federal Campaign underway, donations sought

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) at Fort McCoy will continue until Friday, Dec. 20.

The CFC is the world's largest and most-successful annual workplace charity campaign, with more than 200 CFC campaigns conducted throughout the country and internationally to help raise millions of dollars each year. The CFC is the only authorized workplace fund drive in the federal workforce and has been in operation since 1961.

Year after year, federal workers and military personnel have answered the call in support of the CFC. Last year Fort McCoy employees contributed more than $42,000.

Pledges made by federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.

Campaign brochures and pledge cards are available through CFC representatives assigned to each Fort McCoy organization.

For more information, call the Fort McCoy CFC chairperson, Lisa Perry, at 608-388-4889 or e-mail


Many McCoy offices to close Nov. 28, 29 for Thanksgiving

Most offices and facilities at Fort McCoy will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29.
Anyone planning to use facilities or visit offices is encouraged to call ahead of time to verify hours.

Among the known closures these days are the Official Mail Room, building 1654; there will be no mail delivery or pick up these days. The contracted U.S. Postal Service office will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 29.

Dining Facility 50 is closed after the breakfast meal Nov. 24 through dinner Dec. 1.

Most offices and facilities will resume normal operating hours Monday, Dec. 2.


Ski Patrol members sought for season at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area

Fort McCoy's Whitetail Ridge Ski Area is seeking certified National Ski Patrol (NSP) members to volunteer during the 2013-14 ski season. Hours are flexible.

Ski patrollers monitor activity on the slopes to promote safety and attend to any injuries.

Ski patrollers receive a free season pass lift ticket for themselves and immediate Family members.

Other benefits include free coffee or hot chocolate while on duty and free equipment storage.

Volunteers can be enrolled in the Fort McCoy Army Community Service Volunteer Corps Program to have their hours tracked and are invited to attend a Volunteer Recognition Banquet in April.

For details about volunteering or becoming an NSP member, call 608-388-6461/2625.


Holiday stress management presentation Dec. 3 at ACS

A presentation entitled "Stress During the Holidays: Maintaining Balance" will be held Tuesday, Dec. 3 from noon to 12:30 p.m. at the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, 2111 S. 8th Ave.

This presentation is open to all members of the Fort McCoy community. Registration is requested by Dec. 2.

For more information, call ACS at 608-388-3505.


My Army Benefits training offered Dec. 3

My Army Benefits training will be held Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

The training will provide a "one-stop shop" for up-to-date benefit information, including how to access state and federal benefits, retirement pay, deployment pay, survivor benefits pay, disability entitlements, and death gratuity entitlements.

Register by Dec. 2 by calling 608-388-3505.


Gifts for homeless veterans sought by Dec. 5

The Green Tree Chapter of the American Society of Military Comptrollers is collecting items for veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Approximately 60 veterans (one female and 59 male) will be housed at the Veterans Assistance Center at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center during the holidays. Donations of new items will be accepted.

Suggested items include socks, gloves, scarves, T-shirts, sweatshirts (sizes L, XL and XXL for women and men), wallets, watches, covered insulated coffee mugs, pillows and pillow cases.

Kitchen towels, small appliances, bath and bedding items are suggested for the "step-up" houses for veterans transitioning out of the program.

Special requests include Green Bay Packers items, phone cards and gift certificates (movie theater and dining).

Items can be dropped off to Maureen Richardson or Joanne Scholze at building 1913 by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Gifts also can be brought to the conference room of building 1913 Dec. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., when the chapter will be wrapping items. For questions, contact Richardson at 608-269-1912.


Annual Christmas Tree Lighting event set for Dec. 5

Fort McCoy's annual Christmas Tree Lighting event is Thursday, Dec. 5 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571. The free event is open to the public.

Featured activities include carols sung by Fort McCoy Child, Youth and School Services youth, crafts and activities for children, Santa's Gift Shop (all gifts $1), pictures with Santa, and free cookies and hot chocolate. One-topping pizzas will be on special for $8.

For more information, call 608-388-3200.


FEHB Open Season continues through Dec. 9

The Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) Open Season is underway and continues through Monday, Dec. 9.
Open Season allows federal employees to ensure they have the right health, dental or vision insurance coverage for themselves and their Families.

It also is time to consider the money that can be saved on out-of-pocket medical and dependent-care expenses for 2014.
FEHB enrollment or changes must be made online at the Army Benefits Center-Civilian (ABC-C) website at Personnel also can speak to a counselor by calling ABC-C at 877-276-9287.

At Fort McCoy, personnel can pick up Open Season materials from various companies on a table next to the elevator on the first floor of building 2187.

Information about health, dental and vision programs can be viewed at the Office of Personnel Management website at


Cookie/bar bake off set for Dec. 12

A cookie/bar bake off will be held Thursday, Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Community Activity Center, building 2000. Contestants must provide at least 24 cookies/bars.

Prizes will be awarded for the top-two recipes. Personnel without entries can participate in the taste-testing and judging.

A $1 fee allows anyone in the Fort McCoy community to sample and vote for their favorite cookie or bar. Recipe cards also will be available.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-3213. Registration will be accepted until 10:30 a.m. the day of the event.


Whitetail Ridge Ski Area opens Dec. 21, weather permitting

Whitetail Ridge Ski Area tentatively is scheduled to open Saturday, Dec. 21, weather permitting. Whitetail Ridge is open to the public.

Normal hours of operation will be Friday 4:30 to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. The ski area also will have extended holiday and school-closure hours. Early Bird Season passes are on sale through Dec. 22.

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


The Real McCoy publication dates, deadlines announced for 2014

The final issue of The Real McCoy for 2013 is Dec. 13, with a deadline date for submissions being Dec. 4. The Real McCoy will resume production in 2014 with the Jan. 10 issue.

The Real McCoy is published on the second and fourth Fridays of each month, except for December. Submissions are required the Wednesday of the week prior to publication unless impacted by a federal holiday.

Publication dates for 2014, followed by deadlines in parenthesis, are:

Jan. 10 (Dec. 31); Jan. 24 (Jan. 15);
Feb. 14 (Feb. 5); Feb. 28 (Feb. 19);
March 14 (March 5); March 28 (March 19);
April 11 (April 2); April 25 (April 16);
May 9 (April 30); May 23 (May 14);
June 13 (June 4); June 27 (June 18);
July 11 (July 2); July 25 (July 16);
Aug. 8 (July 30); Aug. 22 (Aug. 13);
Sept. 12 (Sept. 3); Sept. 26 (Sept. 17);
Oct. 10 (Oct. 1); Oct. 24 (Oct. 15);
Nov. 14 (Nov. 5); Nov. 28 (Nov. 19);
Dec. 12 (Dec. 3).

Additionally, the annual Fort McCoy Guide will be printed for distribution in May.

To submit items for consideration in The Real McCoy, call the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office (PAO) prior to submission at 608-388-4128/2769. All submissions must include the name of the writer and/or photographer and complete contact information.

PAO staff reserves the right to verify the clearance of stories/photos, determine suitability for publication and to edit material to match the Associated Press Stylebook standards, etc.

Submissions can be emailed to, mailed to the Public Affairs Office, 100 E. Headquarters Road, Fort McCoy, WI 54656-5263 or brought to the Fort McCoy PAO, building 100.

For information about placing ads in The Real McCoy, contact the River Valley Newspaper Group at 608-374-7786.