Fort McCoy News November 25, 2014

News Notes

Cash-and-carry sale set for Dec. 2 at Fort McCoy

A cash-and-carry sale of non-appropriated fund items will be held Tuesday, Dec. 2 at building 1560.

The sale opens at 8 a.m. to military personnel and military retirees with a valid ID, and at 8:30 a.m. to the general public. The sale ends at 1 p.m.

Sale items include shelving, office chairs, rocking chairs, sleds, a lawn mower, furniture, children's tables, outdoor and ride-on toys, kayaks, and much more.

Quantities are limited. Items are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and must be picked up at the time of purchase. Cash or check may be used for payment.

Adults must be prepared to present photo identification at the Main Gate to enter the installation. For additional information, see, or call 608-388-2232/2852.


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.


Immaculate Conception Mass set for Dec. 8

Immaculate Conception Mass will be offered at Fort McCoy Monday, Dec. 8 at 11:30 a.m. at Chapel 10, building 1759.

Regular Roman Catholic Mass is held Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in Chapel 10.

For more information, contact the Religious Support Office at 608-388-3528 or by email at


'Get a Financial Grip' training set for Dec. 9 at ACS

"Get a Financial Grip," training will be offered Tuesday, Dec. 9 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

This class is designed to help consumers understand the "credit card game," as well as how to understand credit bureaus and collection practices.

Participants also will learn how to gain power over everyday purchases.

Register by Dec. 8 by calling 608-388-3540/3505. The training is open to all military, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.


Annual cookie-baking contest set for Dec. 10 at McCoys

The annual Fort McCoy cookie-baking contest is Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the McCoy's Community Club, building 1571.

Participants must drop off cookies between 9 and 10:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for the top-three recipes.

For a $1 fee, anyone in the Fort McCoy community can sample and vote for their favorite cookie. Coffee and milk also will be available for purchase.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-3200 or visit McCoy's by Dec. 5.


'Frosty Foot Race' Dec. 11 at fitness center

The "Frosty Foot Race" will be held Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

Participants will run 3 miles on a treadmill and have their completion time recorded. Prizes will be awarded to the male and female finishers with the fastest time.

All participants will receive a free tubing pass.

There is no entry fee but participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to a local food pantry.

Runners can register at the fitness center for time slots available between 5 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

The race is open to all fitness center patrons. For more information, call 608-388-2290.


Clinic to help with swim strokes set for Dec. 16

A clinic designed to help swimmers improve their freestyle, front-and Australian crawl strokes will be offered Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Rumpel Fitness Center's indoor pool, building 1122.

During the clinic a swim instructor will observe participants swimming laps and will provide helpful instructions on how to improve the specific stroke style.

The clinic is free and open to authorized fitness center users. Registration is not required. Space is limited to 12 participants.

For more information, call 608-388-3200 or visit


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


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


Woodshop to be open select dates in December

The Fort McCoy Woodshop, building 1133, will be open Dec. 2, 9 and 16 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The Woodshop is a fully equipped facility with modern, state-of-the-art equipment. Equipment includes a lathe, a variety of saws, shaper, planer, drum sander, drill press, router with table, oscillating sander and more. A nominal usage fee is charged.

The Woodshop also is seeking volunteers to staff the facility. To volunteer or for more information, call 608-388-3544 or visit the website