Fort McCoy News February 14, 2014

News Notes

Gift cards available for Fort McCoy DFMWR activities

Gift cards now are offered by the Fort McCoy Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

The cards can be purchased for any amount at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122 and Pine View Campground, building 8053.

The cards can be used at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area, Pine View Campground, Sportsman's Range, Tactics Paintball & Laser Tag Field, Thunder Bowl Bowling Center and the Community Activity Center. Cards expire one year from the date of purchase.

Call 608-388-7400 for more information.


Artists, musician sought for Fort McCoy Artist's Corner event

Amateur artists in the Fort McCoy community are encouraged to participate in the Artist's Corner event being organized by the Fort McCoy Morale, Welfare and Recreation program.

A talented musician also is needed to play during the event. The musician will not be paid, however, advertising materials can be distributed during the event.

The event tentatively is scheduled for Friday, March 28, at Fort McCoy.

Artists can exhibit any medium of work — painting, sculpture, photos, glass, ceramics, metals, etc.

Artists must attend the exhibition to present their work. Artwork may not be sold during the event.

To participate, contact Joline Powell by Saturday, Feb. 15, at 608-388-3200 or by email at


Garrison workforce briefing set for Feb. 19 at building 905

Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Steven W. Nott will present his annual "Brief to the Garrison Workforce" Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at building 905.

The briefing, which will last approximately two hours, is open to garrison Department of Defense civilian and garrison military personnel.


Feb. 20 workshop to offer tips for blended Families

"Navigating the Blended Family Road" will be presented Thursday, Feb. 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Fort McCoy's South Post Community Center, 6158 H Circle.

Jerry Nelson a licensed marriage and Family therapist, will give participants tips on how to ensure their blended Family has a successful and gratifying experience.

Nelson, has a private practice in La Crosse, Wis., and specializes in marital and Family relationships, as well as individual counseling. Nelson consulted for more than seven years through a Department of Defense contract as a military and Family life counselor, and most recently, as the regional director of psychological health for the 88th Regional Support Command.

To register, call Army Community Service at 608-388-3505 by Feb. 18. The presentation is open to all military, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.


'Get a Financial Grip' workshop set for Feb. 25

"Get a Financial Grip" will be held Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

This class is designed to help the consumers understand the credit card game as well as how to understand credit bureaus and collection practices. Participants also will learn how to gain power over their everyday purchases.

The training is designed for classroom participation so attendees should plan on a fun-filled class of educational information.

Register by Thursday, Feb. 20 by calling 608-388-3540. The class is open to all military, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.


'Helping Children Manage Anger' workshop set for Feb. 25

"A Guide to Helping Children Manage Anger" (3- to 12-year olds) will be held Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Parent Central Services training room, building 1668.

The workshop presents three areas where parents can assist children in managing anger in a healthy way. Those areas are controlling aggressive impulses, acknowledging the more- threatening feelings under the anger and constructive problem solving. It also will cover eight ways to manage anger children may have already developed through their experience.

Register by Wednesday, Feb. 19, by calling 608-388-6814 or emailing The workshop is open to all in the Fort McCoy community.


African American History observance set for Feb. 27

The National African American History Month observance will be held Thursday, Feb. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McCoy's, building 1571.

The presentation begins at noon.

The guest speaker is Matthew Walker.

For more information, call the Fort McCoy Garrison Equal Opportunity adviser at 608-388-3246.


Climb your Family tree during March 1 workshop

"Family Tree Climbing for Beginners" will be offered Saturday, March 1 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Fort McCoy South Post Community Center, 6158 H Circle.

Participants will receive instruction and conduct hands-on activities that teach them how to research their Family tree, including learning how to start, where and how to find out information, how to organize information, and much more. Participants are encouraged to bring full names and places of birth (state or country) of Family members if known.

The class is suitable for ages 10 years and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by Friday, Feb. 21 by calling 608-388-3505.

The workshop is open to all military, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.


Armed Forces Day Open House event set for May 17

The annual Fort McCoy Armed Forces Day Open House event will be held Saturday, May 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

The installation's Commemorative Area will serve as the hub of activity for this event and will showcase five World War II-era buildings, the Equipment Park, and Veterans Memorial Plaza.

Planned activities include guided installation bus tours, personalized ID tags, camouflage face painting, a natural resources display, police and fire department equipment displays, and much more.

Guests must enter the installation through Gate 15 off of Highway 21 between Sparta and Tomah, Wis.

Adults must be prepared to present photo identification.

For more information about the event, call 608-388-2407.


Family scrapbooking workshops offered monthly

"Family Memories & More" scrapbooking workshops will be held the second Saturday of each month (through September) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the South Post Community Center, 6158 H Circle.

Fort McCoy's Army Community Service is sponsoring the program.

Participants will create two scrapbook pages centered on a monthly theme.

All materials are supplied, and participants can bring in their own photos.

The March theme is birthdays.

Participants who attend seven workshops will receive an album in which to assemble the scrapbook pages.

Registration is required at least one week in advance of each workshop.

Register by calling 608-388-3505. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The workshops are open to all military, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.


VITA program scheduling appointments

The Fort McCoy Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is accepting appointments for eligible legal assistance clients until April 14.

Eligibility for the free services includes active-duty military and their dependents, retirees and their dependents, and Reserve service members on duty for more than 30 days. Other Reserve service members may be seen on a case-by-case basis.

Make appointments by calling 608-388-2165 and selecting option 4.

People will be asked to leave their name and phone number; someone then will follow up to set up an appointment.

Appointments are held either at the Installation Legal Office, building 1644, or the South Post Community Center (Thursday afternoons only), building 6158.

Children under the age of 10 should not be brought to tax appointments; bringing children to the appointment may result in rescheduling of your tax session.

VITA personnel will help clients complete federal and state income tax returns, e-file and set up automatic deposit of refunds.


AER scholarship applications due May 1

A headline in the Jan. 24 print edition of The Real McCoy incorrectly stated the Army Emergency Relief (AER) scholarship application deadline as May 18. The scholarship application is due May 1.

Applications and additional information are available on the AER website at

For more information about the AER program in the Fort McCoy community, call Fort McCoy Army Community Service at 608-388-3505


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