Fort McCoy News October 10, 2014

News Notes

Fire hydrant testing planned for Oct. 13-31

The Fort McCoy Fire Department will test fire hydrants from Oct. 13-31.

The testing may cause discolored water. If discoloration occurs, allow the water to run for several minutes before using.

Those living in Recreational Housing or South Post Family Housing also should allow the water to run several minutes before starting/using washing machines. Questions can be directed to the Fort McCoy Fire Department at 608-388-4077.


Workshop focusing on parenting during teen years set for Oct. 23

A workshop, "Oh, Those Teenage Years!," will be held Thursday, Oct. 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the South Post Community Center, 6158 H. Circle.

The workshop will separate myths from facts about teenagers so participants can be more-effective parents.

The workshop will be facilitated by Jerry Nelson, a licensed marriage and Family therapist who has a private practice in La Crosse, Wis. Nelson specializes in marital and Family relationships, as well as individual counseling. He consulted for more than seven years through a Department of Defense contract as a Military Family Life Counselor, and most recently as the Regional Director of Psychological Health for the 88th Regional Support Command.

Register by Oct. 21 by calling Army Community Service (ACS) at 608-388-3505.

Space is limited. ACS classes, workshops and events are open to all military, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.


Whitetail Ridge offers specials on season passes

Fort McCoy's Whitetail Ridge Ski Area is offering Early Bird Specials for 2014-2015 season passes until Dec. 22.

A season pass costs $130 for military — active duty, Reserve, National Guard and retired — and Department of Defense (DOD) personnel. Each additional military/DOD Family member can buy a season pass for $65. Cross-country and downhill ski equipment rental season passes cost $105.

The general public can purchase season passes for $160 and $70 for each additional Family member. Cross-country and downhill ski equipment rental season passes for the public cost $135. The season passes are available for purchase at Pine View Campground Office, building 8053, or the Central Registration Office, building 1668.

Whitetail Ridge tentatively is scheduled to be open Dec. 19 through mid-March, weather permitting. Activities available include downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

For more information, call 608-388-3517 or visit the website


Sportsman's Range updates operating hours, closes Nov. 21

The Fort McCoy Sportsman's Range has updated hours. Through Nov. 1 the facility is open Monday, Thursday and Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Starting Nov. 2, hours will be Monday, Thursday and Friday from noon to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The range will close for the season at the close of business on Friday, Nov. 21.

Group reservations can be made for times outside of normal operating hours.

The facility includes a rifle range, pistol range, combination trap and skeet shotgun range, 3-D archery range and an elevated archery range.

For more information or eligibility requirements, call 608-388-3517 or visit the website


Learning to build wealth focus of Oct. 21 workshop

"Building Wealth" training will be offered Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, building 2111.

The in-depth session offers participants some simple guidelines to follow and offers a new perspective in prioritizing spending habits. Participants will gain an understanding of how to do more with less without sacrificing quality of life.

Register by Oct. 20 by calling 608-388-3540/608-388-3505. ACS classes, workshops and events are open to all military, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.


Flu shots available for essential staff

Seasonal flu shots are available for essential staff — fire, police, Child and Youth School Services, and emergency operations center personnel only — from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 22, 23, 29 and 30 at the Fort McCoy Health Clinic, building 2669.

All other Department of Defense staff (Common Access Card required) can come in on a first-come, first-served basis Nov. 5, 6, 12, and 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the health clinic.

Questions can be directed to the health clinic at 608-388-3025.


Wednesday night bowling league meeting set for Oct. 22

A Wednesday night bowling league is forming at Fort McCoy. Those interested in participating are encouraged to attend an organizational league meeting Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571.

During the meeting league officers will be nominated and elected, and season dates, rules and regulations will be discussed. League bowling tentatively will begin Nov. 5 and will include 20 matches for the season.

The Wednesday night league will be in addition to the Monday night league, which is at capacity.

For more information about the meeting or the league, call 608-388-2065.


'I Am Enough' presentation set for Oct. 25

The Army Community Service (ACS) Master Resilience Program will present "I Am Enough" Saturday, Oct. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at building 2161.

The interactive workshop, taught by Kristy Walz and Marla Cilley, will explore embracing imperfection, welcoming worthiness and inviting joy into life.

Walz describes herself as a wife, mother, business owner and eternal optimist with an infectious passion for life. She will challenge participants to adopt new ideas and live in love.

Cilley, "The FlyLady," has mentored women worldwide in how to find peace in juggling the demands of Family and housework. Through her free daily e-mails and website (, she offers de-cluttering and organization advice and tips.

Register by Oct. 21 by calling ACS at 608-388-3505. A one-hour lunch break will be offered. Refrigerators will be available if needed. ACS classes, workshops and events are open to all military, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.


'Emotional Intelligence' training set for Oct. 29

"Emotional Intelligence" training will be held Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Army Community Service Center (ACS), building 2111.

Emotional Intelligence is the dimension of intelligence responsible for the ability to manage ourselves and relationships with others, to recognize and move toward opportunities, and to meet life's toughest challenges.

Topics presented will be concepts of Emotional Intelligence, exploring personality traits and personal conflict management.

Register by Oct. 23 by calling 608-388-3505. ACS classes, workshops and events are open to all military, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.


Halloween run/walk relay set for Oct. 31

The "No Treats Just Tricks," run/walk relay race will be held Friday, Oct. 31 at 11:30 a.m. at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

Each member of each three-person running team will complete 1 mile of the 3-mile race. Walkers must start and finish the 3-mile course as a team. Participants also must wear Halloween costumes to compete. Prizes will be awarded to the running/walking teams with the fastest times as well as to the top-three costumes.

The event is free and open to anyone eligible to use the fitness center. Register online at or at the fitness center. Registration ends at 11 a.m. on Oct. 31.
For more information, call 608-388-2290.


Army Digital Photography 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.