Fort McCoy News December 12, 2014

New Year resolutions? Help available at Fort McCoy

Many people soon will set new goals and resolutions to make their lives better.

Managing debt, saving money, volunteering and improving physical and spiritual fitness are among the top New Year's resolutions made every year by Americans, several sources show.

At Fort McCoy, several organizations can help people make those resolutions successful.


Managing debt, saving money

The Financial Readiness Program (FRP) at the Fort McCoy Army Community Service (ACS) Center supports commanders in maintaining unit financial readiness to sustain deployments by educating and counseling service members and Families on financial self-sufficiency, according to Kevin Herman, ACS financial counselor. ACS is part of the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR).

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Kevin Herman (right), financial counselor at the Army Community Service Center, talks with members of the Fort McCoy workforce about how to better save money. Photo by Scott T. Sturkol

FRP services include budget counseling, goal-setting and financial planning, debt management, consolidation and reduction, development of savings plans and more.

Herman said the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is one example of something federal employees can participate to save money for the future.

"One way to get ahead and pay yourself first is to use TSP to the fullest extent possible," Herman said. "Only you can determine how you want to invest and save for your future. I'd ask you to look at your own risk tolerance level and do what works best for you."

People who want to learn more about the FRP at ACS can set up an appointment with Herman in building 2111, or call 608-388-3505.

The Garrison Religious Support Office (RSO) also can help with the offering of Financial Peace University. Produced by financial expert Dave Ramsey, the course will teach participants the principles of financial management from a spiritual resiliency perspective.

The 13-week course will be offered on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fort McCoy Chapel Center, building 2675, with the first class on Jan. 8. Call the RSO at 608-388-3528 for more information.



Anyone associated with the Army community — Soldiers, Family members, government civilian employees, retirees and others — can participate in the Army Volunteer Corps (AVC) program at ACS. Army volunteers also may come from the civilian community.

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A Fort McCoy volunteer helps a customer put on a tire on a truck at the Automotive Skills Center during the "Winter-wise Your Vehicle" event at the center in November. The center is one of many places people can volunteer on Fort McCoy. Photo by Jobi Spolum

Many types of volunteer positions are available at Fort McCoy.

These include supporting ACS functions and activities, and DFMWR activities such as the Woodshop, Automotive Skills Center, Pine View Campground, Sportsman's Range and Whitetail Ridge Ski Area.

Other areas that utilize volunteers are the RSO, Directorate of Public Works Natural Resources Branch and the Installation Legal Office for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, said AVC Coordinator Lorie Retzlaff.

Volunteer requirements vary depending on the position, Retzlaff said.

The organizational point of contact establishes the criteria for duties, time requirements, evaluation procedures and qualifications.

In 2013, a total of 11,319 hours of service were donated by 75 installation volunteers.

For more information about becoming a Fort McCoy volunteer and joining the AVC, visit the DFMWR webpage on volunteering at, or call Retzlaff at 608-388-6507.


Physical fitness

Fort McCoy's Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122, is the installation's home to all things physical fitness, according to Nick Sanjari, Sportsman's Range and RDS manager for sports and fitness at DFMWR.

People eligible for free fitness center use at Fort McCoy include military members, military retirees and their Family members with ID cards, Department of Defense (DOD) civilians and DOD civilian retirees with an ID card, and Fort McCoy contractors with ID cards.

The fitness center is open Monday through Thursday from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Among its many amenities are a gymnasium with three basketball courts and two volleyball courts, a stretching room, free weights and a weight room, indoor cycling and stationary bikes, cardio equipment, elliptical trainers, a swimming pool and more.

"The fitness center has several classes, tournaments, leagues and activities like personal trainers that can help with fitness, losing weight and enjoying life more," Sanjari said.

Fitness classes will be $3 per class or $30 for an unlimited monthly fitness class card beginning Jan. 5. The cards will be sold at the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Central Registration Office (CRO) and the fitness center, building 1122.

Also, personal training fees will be $20 an hour for military personnel and $30 an hour for civilians. For more information about what the fitness center has to offer, call 608-388-2290/3200.


Spiritual fitness

The RSO serves Soldiers, their Families, tenant units and DOD civilians who are stationed or serving at Fort McCoy.

The office assists commanders in ensuring the right of free exercise of religion for all military personnel. Services provided seek to nurture the living, care for the wounded and honor the fallen.

The RSO conducts and coordinates scheduled worship opportunities at Fort McCoy, provides pastoral care and counseling, distributes religious literature, schedules RSO facility use for weddings, and maintains Operation Helping Hand to assist Soldiers and Family members who are in financial need.

The office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays. Emergency on-call duty chaplain support is available around the clock. The RSO is located in building 2675. Call the RSO at 608-388-3528.

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(Compiled by Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office.)