Fort McCoy News November 14, 2014

News Notes

CFC underway at Fort McCoy

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) at Fort McCoy will continue until Friday, Nov. 28.

Federal civilian employees and military service members can participate.

The CFC is known to be the most-inclusive workplace giving campaign in the world, with the number of participating charities estimated at approximately 3,000 nonprofit charitable organizations available to Fort McCoy donors.

The CFC is the only authorized workplace fund drive in the federal workforce and has been in operation since 1961. Campaign brochures and pledge cards are available through CFC representatives assigned to each Fort McCoy organization.

For more information, call the Fort McCoy CFC chairperson, Trudy Ward, at 608-388-4889.


FEHB Open Season continues through Dec. 8

The Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) Open Season is underway and continues through Monday, Dec. 8.

Open Season allows federal employees to enroll, review, or cancel their health, dental and vision insurance coverage as well as flexible spending accounts.

FEHB enrollment or changes must be made online at the Army Benefits Center-Civilian (ABC-C) website at Personnel also can speak to a counselor by calling ABC-C at 877-276-9287.

Open Season materials from various companies are available at Fort McCoy on a table next to the elevator on the first floor of building 2187.

Information about health, dental and vision programs can be viewed at the Office of Personnel Management website at


Personal Property Processing Office relocates to Fort Snelling

The Personal Property Processing Office (PPPO) that services Fort McCoy has relocated to 506 Roeder Circle, Fort Snelling, Minn.

The PPPO arranges for shipment of household goods, provides applications for personally arranged moves and counseling

checklists, and provides information on ports available for shipping personal vehicles overseas.

The office can be contacted by calling 612-713-3153, or by emailing

To initiate a government or personally arranged move, apply online at

For information about Relocation Readiness, call Army Community Service at 608-388-3505.


Crossbow use authorized during 2014 gun-deer season

The use of crossbows during the 2014 Fort McCoy nine-day gun-deer season is allowed. The season is from Nov. 22-30.

Hunters who choose to use a crossbow must follow all state and Fort McCoy gun-deer rules and regulations.

Crossbow users must use their State of Wisconsin gun-deer buck tag or the Fort McCoy antlerless gun-deer tag when tagging a deer during the gun-deer season.

Fort McCoy gun-deer registration stations will be checking carcass tags; archery/crossbow carcass tags will not be accepted when registering deer during the gun-deer season.

For more information, call the Permit Sales Office at 608-388-3337.


'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.


Special Aqua Burner class set for Nov. 19

A one-time Advanced Aqua Burner class will be held Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. at the Rumpel Fitness Center's indoor pool, building 1122.

The challenging, 45-minute fat-burning workout incorporates plyometrics and high-intensity cardio.

The free class is open to authorized fitness center patrons. Registration is not required.

For more information, call 608-388-2290.


Thrift Savings Plan class set for Nov. 20

"Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) — Investing 101," will be offered Thursday, Nov. 20 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

The class helps participants answer the following questions: Have you mistakenly put away "too much money for retirement"? Do you know exactly where to invest your money to get the best returns? Do you fully understand all the options of your TSP?

Register by Nov. 19 by calling 608-388-3540/3505. This class is open to all military, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.


Soccer tournament at fitness center Nov. 20

An indoor soccer tournament will be held Thursday, Nov. 20 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.
Prizes will be awarded to the top team in the single-elimination, seven-game match tournament.

Register by Nov. 20 at the fitness center, or the Central Registration office, building 1668. Participants must be at least 16 years old and be authorized fitness center patrons.

For more information, call the fitness center at 608-388-2290.


Euchre tournament at McCoy's set for Nov. 21

A Euchre tournament will be held Friday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571.

The tournament is free and open to the public. A minimum of eight players are needed to hold the tournament, with a maximum of 20 players. Prizes will be awarded.

Register at McCoy's the day of the tournament.

For more information, call 608-388-3200.


Christmas Card workshop set for Nov. 22

A Family Christmas Card workshop will be held Saturday, Nov. 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 size is limited. Register by Nov. 19 by calling 608-388-3505.

The workshop is open to all military, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.


Annual tree-lighting event set for Dec. 4 at Fort McCoy

Fort McCoy's annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be held Thursday, Dec. 4 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571.

The free event is open to the public. Activities will include carols sung by the Fort McCoy Child, Youth and School Services youth, crafts and activities for children, pictures with Santa, and Santa's Gift Shop (all gifts $1).

Large one-topping pizzas will be on special for $8 from 4 to 7 p.m.

For more information, call 608-388-3200.


Gift donations for homeless veterans needed

The Green Tree Chapter of the American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC) is holding its 18th year of "Wrappin' Rappin' Christmas," and is collecting holiday gift items for veterans who are homeless or "at risk" of becoming homeless.

The chapter seeking donations of new items for veterans (one female and 56 males during Christmas) housed at the Veterans Assistance Foundation Center at the Tomah Veterans Affairs complex.

The Veterans Assistance Foundation has requested items such as socks, gloves, scarves, T-shirts, sweatshirts (sizes L, XL and XXL for men and L, XL for women), wallets, watches, covered and insulated coffee mugs, day planners, wall calendars with squares around the dates for writing in appointments, grooming kits for men, movies, cologne, pillows with pillow cases, and nail polish and female items for the one female veteran.

Other requested items include Green Bay Packers items, phone cards and coupon books or gift certificates (movie theater and dining). There also is a growing trend for inexpensive MP3 players, gift cards for music downloads, and earbuds.

The foundation has requested that puzzles not be donated.

Kitchen towels, small appliances, hangers and bath and bedding items are suggested for the 16 veterans in the "step-up" houses for veterans transitioning out of the program.

Items can be dropped off to Maureen Richardson or Joanne Scholze at building 1913 by Tuesday, Dec. 9.
Everyone is welcome to participate in wrapping Dec. 11.

For more information, call Richardson at 608-269-1912, or send email to


Central Issue Facility to close Dec. 15-19 for inventory

The Fort McCoy Central Issue Facility (CIF), building 2142, will be closed Dec. 15-19 for a 100 percent annual inventory as mandated by Army regulations.

All emergency requests for CIF support will be approved by the CIF Property Book Officer, Thomas Lovgren, at 608-388-5275, or by cell at 608-630-5595.