Fort McCoy News October 24, 2014

News Notes

Discount on 2015 annual memberships

Fort McCoy's Sportsman's Range is offering $20 off the price of 2015 annual memberships until Nov. 21.

Annual memberships include free league entrance fees, no daily range fees and discounts on some range events.

Regular-priced annual membership rates are $60 for military — active, Guard, Reserve and retired — $80 for non-military and $100 for Family.

Memberships can be purchased at Central Registration Office, building 1668, or the Sportsman's Range.


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


Disability Employment Awareness observance set for Oct. 29

A National Disability Employment Awareness Month observance will be held Oct. 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571. The guest speakers will present at noon.

The guest speakers are Ryan Tichenor and Kristine Tock. Tichenor is the Director of Business Development at Handishop Industries. Handishop Industries' mission is to provide opportunities that empower individuals with disabilities to attain a higher degree of personal development. Tock is a Regional Employment Manager at Riverfront Inc.

For more information about the event, call the Equal Opportunity Adviser at 608-388-3246.


'Paying it Forward' food drive at ACS through November

Army Community Service (ACS) is holding a "Paying it Forward" food drive during November in observance of Month of the Military Family.

Military Families who drop off two non-perishable food items at the ACS Center, building 2111, will receive a free Family game.

The ACS Center is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Items collected will be donated to local food pantries.

For more information, call 608-388-3505.


Rifle sight-in clinics set for Nov. 1, 8, 15

Rifle sight-in clinics will be held at Fort McCoy's Sportsman's Range Saturdays, Nov. 1, 8 and 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., for eligible range patrons.

The clinics will help participants prepare for upcoming hunting seasons.

Staff also will be available to assist participants with their rifle sight-ins.

Daily range fees will apply for the clinics.

For more information about Sportsman's Range activities, call 608-388-3517 or 1-800-531-4703.


Daylight Saving ends Nov. 2; turn back clocks one hour

Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 2 at 2 a.m. At Fort McCoy, Central Standard Time resumes on this day.

People are encouraged to turn clocks back one hour the evening of Saturday, Nov. 1 in preparation. This also is a good time to check the operability of smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers.

For more information about fire safety in the Fort McCoy community, call 608-388-4077.


'Instructor Trainer' course set for Nov. 4-6

An "Instructor Trainer" course will be offered Nov. 4-5 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Nov. 6 from 7:30 a.m. to noon. The three-day class will be held at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

Participants will learn the skills needed to become an effective instructor. Topics will include introduction to effective instructors, platform skills, the adult learner, managing the learning environment, the preparation process, speaking on your feet and keeping students engaged.

Participants also will be required to give a 30-minute presentation as part of the course.

Register by Wednesday, Oct. 29 by calling 608-388-3505. The training is open to all military, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.


Dodgeball tournament Nov. 6 at fitness center

A five-on-five dodgeball tournament will be held Thursday, Nov. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

The three-game match, single-elimination tournament is open to all Morale, Welfare and Recreation-authorized patrons who are 16 years old and older. Prizes will be awarded to the first-place team.

Register at the fitness center by Nov. 3 or call 608-388-2290 for more information.


Defense Travel System classes offered in November

Upcoming Defense Travel System (DTS) classes at Fort McCoy will be held by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service lead defense travel administrator at building 50, Distance Learning classroom 3.

The DTS Temporary Duty (TDY) Documents class is Nov. 5-6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This two-day class explains how to create TDY authorizations and vouchers for active-duty, civilian, and Reserve travelers. Attendees will receive hands-on experience by creating authorizations and vouchers using the DTS training database. The class is designed for new and intermediate DTS users. Registration is required by 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31.

The DTS Approval Process and Travel Policy class is Nov. 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The class explains steps to approve DTS documents. Completion of the DTS TDY Documents class is highly suggested prior to attending. This class is for reviewing or approving officials. Registration is required by 3 p.m. Nov. 14.

To register, email name, unit, phone number and class to Class sizes are limited.

For more information, call 608-388-6299. The classes are open to military and Department of Defense civilian personnel.


Supervisor Academy presents 'Procrastination in the Workplace'

"Procrastination in the Workplace" is the November theme for the Supervisor Academy. Academy training sessions will be Nov. 5 at 1 p.m., or Nov. 18 at 8 a.m. at the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, building 2111.

Participants will examine tips on time management and how to set priorities.

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 calling ACS at 608-388-3505. Registration is required by Oct. 29 for the Nov. 5 class, or Nov. 11 for the Nov. 18 class.


Veterans Day prayer luncheon set for Nov. 6 at McCoy's

The Religious Support Office (RSO) will host a Veterans Day prayer luncheon Thursday, Nov. 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571. The guest speaker will be Most Reverend Jerome Listecki Archbishop of Milwaukee.

A free lunch, compliments of the Chaplain Tithes & Offering Fund, will be offered. The event is limited to the first 100 people to RSVP.

For more information or to RSVP, call the RSO at 608-388-3528, or email Eve Bean at


'Winter Wise Your Vehicle' workshop set for Nov. 13

The "Winter Wise Your Vehicle" workshop will be offered Thursday, Nov. 13 from 1:30 to 9 p.m. at the Automotive Skills Center, building 1763.

The hands-on, do-it-yourself workshop is designed to get vehicles prepared for winter. Participants will be able to test coolant to find the freeze point, flush and replace coolant, check and fill window washer fluid, change oil and replace oil filter. Attendees must provide their own coolant, oil, oil filter and washer fluid. If needed, assistance will be provided by the Automotive Skills Center staff. Participants also will receive three free car wash tokens.

The workshop is open to all eligible Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons.

Registration is not required, however, participation is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Regular usage fees apply. A listing of fees is available at

For more information, call 608-388-3013.


Learn to live 'hands free' during Nov. 13 presentation

Army Community Service's Family Advocacy and Master Resilience Programs present "Discover the Power, Joy and Love of Living 'Hands Free,'" Thursday, Nov. 13 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the ACS Center, building 2111.

Rachel Macy Stafford, author of the best-selling book, "Hands Free Mama," will talk about letting go of technology and perfection in order to give loved ones the gift of our full attention. She will teach attendees how to avoid distractions and to live authentically and intentionally in the present.

Register by Nov. 10 by calling 608-388-3505. The presentation is open to all military, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.


Christmas Card workshops set for Nov. 15, 22

Family Christmas Card workshops will be held Saturdays, Nov. 15 and 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at building 2161.

All supplies to create Christmas cards will be furnished. A minimum of one adult and one child must register together to participate.

Class sizes are limited. Register for the Nov. 15 workshop by Nov. 12, and the Nov. 22 workshop by Nov. 19.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-3505. The workshops are open to all military, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.