Fort McCoy News June 27, 2014

About Post: Photos from around the installation

Photo of helicopter

And ... they're off!

Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment of the Wisconsin National Guard in West Bend, Wis., practice flying Blackhawk helicopters used for medical transport.

This Blackhawk is lifting off from a helo pad in the cantonment area at Fort McCoy.

Numerous units, like the 2nd, 238th, have arrived on post to complete their annual training.

Photo by Scott T. Sturkol

Photo of 5k

Commander's 5K Run Challenge

Runners take off from the starting line of the Commander's 5K Run Challenge in front of the Rumpel Fitness Center June 13. More than 300 runners participated in the event as part of Fort McCoy's celebration of the Army's 239th birthday.

Photo by Jobi Spolum

Photo of 426th CSM

Incoming 426th CSM

Incoming Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph W. Moehrke waits to receive the noncommissioned officer sword during a change-of-responsibility ceremony for the 426th Regiment Regional Training Institute at the Wisconsin Military Academy at Fort McCoy, Wis. Moehrke, of Lake Mills, Wis., holds a bachelor's degree in management and communications from Concordia University and is a graduate of the United States Army's Sergeants Major Academy.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Ard

Photo of Karner blue

Karner blue butterflies

A Karner blue butterfly lingers on a plant in one of Fort McCoy's prairie areas in early June. Karner blue butterflies are on the federal list of endangered species. Karner blue butterflies first were observed at Fort McCoy in the early 1990s. The butterflies need an open habitat, such as the oak barrens and savanna. The oak barrens and savanna also feature wild lupine, which is the food source for the butterfly in its larval stage.

Photo by Tim Wilder

Photo of ticket kick off

Concert ticket sales kick off

Cori Yahnke of the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation sells a pair of tickets to a customer during the ticket kick-off event at McCoy's Community Club. The BOSTON/Doobie Brothers concert takes place at Fort McCoy Aug. 9.

Tickets are available for $40 at Market Bar in Sparta; Fox Hole Pub, Sparta; Ace Hardware Tomah and La Crosse; Festival Foods, Onalaska; and on post at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571; Pine View Campground, building 8053, and the Recreation Center, building 2000. Tickets will be $45 the day of the show. Tickets are subject to availability.

For more information about the concert visit or call the Concert Hotline at 877-864-4969.

Photo by Scott T. Sturkol