Fort McCoy News April 11, 2014

News Notes

Holocaust survivor to speak at Fort McCoy April 29

A Days of Remembrance presentation featuring Holocaust survivor Samuel Harris will be held Tuesday, April 29 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at building 905.

Seating is limited and will be on first-come, first-served basis. The event is expected to be well-attended, and early arrival is encouraged.

In 1942, as a child, Harris was permanently separated from his Family during his escape from Nazis in Poland. He was liberated by the Russian Army in 1945.

Harris is president emeritus of the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois. He speaks extensively about the lessons of the Holocaust and his experiences. Harris also is a 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipient.

Harris will offer a meet-and-greet and book signing after the event at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571, from noon to 1:30 p.m. His book, "Sammy: A Child Survivor of the Holocaust," will be available for purchase. An ATM is available inside McCoy's.

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


Monthly events scheduled at Sportsman's Range

Fort McCoy's Sportsman's Range holds monthly events and competitions throughout the season.

A six-week, two-person trap and skeet league begins April 14.

Other upcoming competitions include a 50-bird trap shoot April 19, three-gun shoots April 26 and May 31, 3-D archery shoots May 3 and June 15, and pistol shoots May 10 and June 7.

For complete rules, registration information and a full listing of events, visit, or call 608-388-9162/3517.


Sexual Assault Awareness Month Presentation April 16

A Sexual Assault Awareness Month presentation will be held Wednesday, April 16 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Staff Sgt. Todd R. Cornell Noncommissioned Officer Academy - Graduation Hall.

The keynote speaker will be Retired Maj. Gen. Robert D. Shadley. The presentation is open to the entire Fort McCoy Community.

For more information, call 608-388-3246.


April 19 paintball tournament set at Fort McCoy's Tactics

Fort McCoy's Tactics Paintball and Laser Tag facility will host a paintball tournament Saturday, April 19 at 9:15 a.m. The tournament is open to the public.

Players must be at least 10 years old and will compete in three-person teams. The tournament will be double elimination — teams must win two out of three matches.

The registration fee is $30 per team plus the cost of paintballs. Free equipment rental will be available. Player-owned paintball guns are authorized.

Prizes will be awarded to members of the top-three winning teams.

Register online at or return a completed registration form to Pine View Campground. Teams must be registered by 8:30 a.m. the day of the tournament.

For more information about the tournament, call 608-388-3200. For more information about the Tactics Paintball and Laser Tag facility, visit


Fort McCoy Protestant-Catholic Easter Sunday Sunrise Breakfast

A Protestant-Catholic Easter Sunday Sunrise Breakfast will be held Sunday, April 20, 8 a.m. at building 2675 South F. Street.

Easter worship services will follow the breakfast at 9:30 a.m.

To facilitate planning, please call 608-388-3528 or send email to to identify the number planning to attend the breakfast.

Feel free to bring your favorite breakfast dish.


Earth Day awareness activities April 22 at Fort McCoy

Earth Day awareness activities will be held Tuesday, April 22 at Fort McCoy. All authorized Morale, Welfare and Recreation users can participate.

A scavenger hunt and "Heaviest Garbage Bag" contest begin at 9 a.m. at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122. Participants will turn in their scavenger hunt list and weigh garbage bags from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Winners will be announced at 3:30 p.m.

A recycled art competition will be held at the Community Activity Center, building 2000. Artwork must be made from recyclable or found materials that were intended for a different purpose other than art. There are no size, genre or medium requirements.

Artwork can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to noon with voting from noon to 4 p.m. Winners will be announced at 4:30 p.m.

A tree-planting ceremony also will be held this day. The time and location are to be determined.

For more information or questions, call 608-388-3200.


Family Water Olympics at fitness center April 26

A Family Water Olympics event will be held April 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rumpel Fitness Center indoor pool, building 1122. The event is open to all authorized Morale, Welfare and Recreation users.

Families will compete against other Families in a variety of pool games and swimming relay races, including 100- and 200-meter freestyles, ball carry under chin (breaststroke), dry newspaper (on back), ball dribble, rescue carry relay (2 person team), tube tread (tread water while holding paper tube) and many more.

Register by April 22 at the fitness center. For more information, call 608-388-3200.


Cut through the diet clutter during April 30 seminar

The seminar "Cutting through the Clutter of Popular Diets," will be held April 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571.

The seminar will help clear up the many opposing views and cull the takeaway truths from some of the most-popular books on diet and nutrition. Zonya Foco, author, TV host and national speaker, will be the presenter.

Participants will get a realistic, sensible and a doable eight-habit plan for everyone in their Family.

Register by Wednesday, April 23 by calling 608-388-3505. The presentation is open to all military, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.


May 5-9 briefings set for retiring, separating military

Pre-retirement, Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP), and Transition Assistance Program (TAP) briefings will be held May 5-9 at Fort McCoy.

The pre-retirement portion will be held at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571, and is open to service members who will retire or separate within 12 months of the briefings. Spouses are welcome to attend.

The ACAP/TAP briefings — Tuesday through Friday — will be held at building 50, room 100. Computers will be provided, but bringing personal laptops is encouraged.

The briefings will include information including benefits and issues related to military retirement, Veteran Affairs benefit information, financial planning, and a Department of Labor briefing, which includes resume writing, interviewing skills, job access and other job-search issues.

For more information or to request a registration form, contact Tom Kunz, ACAP counselor, at 608-388-7941, or by email to Registration must be received by April 25.


Armed Forced Day Open House set for Saturday, May 17

Mark your calendars! Fort McCoy will host its annual Armed Forces Day Open House Saturday, May 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public.

The installation's historic Commemorative Area will serve as the hub for all activities.

The Equipment Park, Commemorative Area Buildings, History Center and Veterans Memorial Plaza will be open throughout the day.

Crowd favorites include guided installation bus tours, personalized dog tags, camouflage face-painting, an interactive marksmanship gallery, and an obstacle course for children.

A food-and-beverage concession stand will be operating during the event.

Visitors can access the event site via Gate 15 off of Wisconsin Highway 21 between Tomah and Sparta. Adult visitors must be prepared to show photo identification upon entering.

For more information, call the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office at 608-388-2407.


TRICARE Service Centers 'go virtual' April 1

Walk-in service at TRICARE service centers in the United States ended April 1. TRICARE officials said the change reflects "the always growing number of TRICARE beneficiaries who most often now turn to a laptop or cellphone when they have questions about their health care."

TRICARE patients have a wide variety of secure, electronic customer-service options available through the TRICARE website at, officials said. The "I want to ..." feature puts everything beneficiaries want to do online right on the website's front page, they added.

With the end of walk-in service April 1, beneficiaries who want to get personal assistance can call their regional health care contractor for enrollment and benefit help, officials said. All health care, pharmacy, dental and claims contact information is located at Beneficiaries can get 24/7 TRICARE benefit information at the TRICARE website, and they can make enrollment, primary care manager and other changes at