Fort McCoy News September 26, 2014

News Notes

Fire Prevention Week set for Oct. 5-11; kick-off event Oct. 4

The Fort McCoy Fire Department will host a "Fire Prevention Week Kick-Off" event Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon at South Post's Patriot Park, adjacent to the Community Center, 6158 H. Circle. Fire Prevention week is Oct. 5-11.

The free event is open to the entire Fort McCoy community. Activities will include fire department equipment displays, fire-extinguisher training, an automobile extrication demonstration and fire safety information. A MedLink Air Helicopter also will be on display at approximately 11 a.m.

Throughout the week, the fire department will host information booths supporting the 2014 Fire Prevention Week theme, "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives." Booths will be on display at the Exchange.

Fire evacuation drills also will be held.

For more information about fire safety or Fire Prevention Week activities, call 608-388-4077.


Digital photo contest accepts submissions Oct. 15-Nov. 30

The 2014 Army Digital Photography contest will accept submissions to the annual competition from Oct. 15 through Nov. 30.

The contest has two major divisions: Military for active-duty military members and Other Eligible Participant for Department of the Army civilians, Family members and retirees.

Seven categories are available within each division — people, military life, nature and landscapes, animals, still life, design elements and digital darkroom.

Photos submitted must be the original work of the participant and taken within the past fiscal year. Photos previously entered in the Army Photography Contest may not be resubmitted.

Participants must complete an online profile and submit entries through the contest website at Complete rules also are available at the website.

For more information, call 608-388-3200.


Weekly Fantasy Football Challenge underway at Fort McCoy

A Fantasy Football Challenge is underway at Fort McCoy. Participants pick their perfect NFL football team each week by choosing one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end, one kicker and one defensive player.

The person with the highest score wins a prize for that week. Official rules are available at

Registration forms are available at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571, and Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122. Forms must be turned in by Wednesday of each week.

For more information, call 608-388-3200.


Laundry facilities close Oct. 1 for winter season

The laundry facilities located in Fort McCoy buildings 651, 755, 1735, 1856, 2002, 2568, 2671, and 2763 will be closed for winter beginning Oct. 1. These facilities will open again in spring 2015.

Laundry facilities in buildings 2877 and 1671 will remain open throughout winter.

The laundry facilities are exclusively for use by Soldiers training at Fort McCoy pursuant to military orders. Civilians, contractors, and retired military are not authorized to use these facilities.

For more information, call the Troop Facilities Support Branch at 608-388-3800.


'Parenting with Love and Logic' training starts Oct. 7 at ACS

The "Parenting with Love and Logic" course is being offered at Fort McCoy this fall. The first class will take place Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 8:15 a.m. to noon at the Army Community Service Center (ACS), building 2111.

Modules three and four of the class are Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 8:15 am to noon; and modules five and six are Tuesday, Nov. 4 from 8:15 a.m. to noon.

This win-win approach to parenting will help raise children who are self-confident, motivated, and ready for the real world.

Children will win because they learn to solve their own problems while gaining the confidence needed to meet life's challenges.
Parents win because they'll establish healthy control without resorting to anger, threats, nagging or exhausting power struggles.

To register, call ACS at 608-388-2412 by Oct. 3. Space is limited. ACS classes, workshops and events are open to all military, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.


Supervisor Academy offers training on reorganization

The Supervisor Academy theme for October is "Reorganization." Participants can choose between training sessions offered Thursday, Oct. 9 at 8 a.m., or Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. at the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, building 2111.

Participants will develop skills in decision-making, problem-solving, and communication, as well as keeping good working relationships in the team during times of change. Emphasis will be put on difficulties in working relationships caused by reorganization, and what the leader and the team members can do to solve the problems.

The Supervisor Academy is a joint effort by ACS and the Fort McCoy Directorate of Human Resources. It gives new and experienced Department of the Army civilian supervisors the opportunity to attend a 60- to 90-minute training session each month to learn new skills and improve existing skills. The academy training also presents attendees with peer support and feedback.

Register by Oct. 2 for the Oct. 9 class, or by Oct. 15 for the Oct. 22 class, by calling 608-388-3505.


'One Shot, One Kill' competition planned at Sportsman's Range

The Fort McCoy Sportsman's Range hosts the "One Shot, One Kill" competition at the range from Oct. 11 to Nov. 21.

Participants can take a 250-yard rifle shot at $2 per entry. Unlimited entries are allowed per week, but only one entry will be scored per week. Register and shoot anytime during normal range hours of operation.

Prizes will be awarded to each week's top shot. The overall top-shot winner will receive half of the prize pool. If necessary, a shoot-off will take place on Nov 21.

For more information call 608-388-9162/3517 or 800-531-4703.


'Resilience & the Good Stuff' workshop set for Oct. 14-15

The workshop, "Resilience and the Good Stuff," will be held Oct. 14-15 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

The two-day workshop addresses resilience and the competencies that contribute to it — self awareness, self regulation, optimism, mental agility, strengths of character, and connection.

Participants also will learn how to counter the negativity bias, create positive emotion, and notice and analyze what is good. The 10 skills that enhance effectiveness and well-being by building mental toughness and understanding the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors of yourself and others also will be covered.

Register by Oct. 7 by calling 608-388-3505. The workshop is open to all military, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.


Basketball tournament set for Oct. 16 at Rumpel

A three-on-three basketball tournament will be held Thursday, Oct. 16 at 4:30 p.m. at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

Each team must have a minimum of three players and a maximum of four.

Register at the fitness center by Oct. 14. For more information, call 608-388-2290.


Pine View Campground announces specials for 2015

Pine View Campground is offering several specials in 2015 and is accepting reservations.

A buy-one-night, get-one-night-free special on cabins, duplexes, yurts and campsites will be offered for stays in March and April.

Throughout 2015 those who stay Friday and Saturday night will get Sunday night free, excluding Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and concert weekends. For stays Sunday through Wednesday, guests will receive Thursday night free.

Guests who rent a camper in April or October will get a site for free.

Campground guests who stay for two consecutive nights in January or February will receive four free tubing passes at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area. All campers throughout the year will receive $2 off paintball at Tactics Paintball & Laser Tag (reservations for paintball must be made in advance).

A fisherman's special will be available Sept. 11 through Oct. 11, 2015. Rent a boat one day and get one day free; deposits still apply on the free day.

To make reservations and receive specials, call 608-388-3517 or 800-531-4703.

The campground is open to the public. Outdoor activities, in season, include downhill skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, fishing and a gun/archery range.


EFMP supports special-needs military Family members

The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) was created in the early 1980s to support Military Families with a special-needs Family member.

The program has grown tremendously over the years and is now a comprehensive, coordinated multi-agency program helping meet the needs of the Exceptional Family Member (EFM).

The EFMP is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated community support, housing, educational, medical, and personnel services to Families with special needs.

Soldiers on active duty enroll in the program when they have a Family member with a physical, emotional, developmental, or intellectual disorder requiring specialized services so their needs can be considered in the military personnel assignment process.

Family members must be screened and enrolled, if eligible, when the Soldier is on assignment instructions to an Outside of the Continental United States area for which command sponsorship/Family member travel is authorized, and the Soldier elects to serve the accompanied tour.

This screening consists of medical records review for all Family members, and developmental screening for all children 72 months of age and younger. Soldiers are responsible for keeping their EFMP enrollment current as EFM conditions change or at least every three years, whichever comes first.

For more information about EFMP, contact Fort McCoy Army Community Service EFMP manager at 608-388-3505.