Fort McCoy News January 09, 2014

News Notes

'Nott-ical' Challenge underway at fitness center

The "Nott-ical" Challenge is underway until March 1 at Fort McCoy's Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122. The event is open to all authorized fitness center patrons.

Participants will swim 400 meters, using either front crawl or breast strokes.

Those who beat Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Steven Nott's time will receive a free T-shirt. Nott's time will be revealed to participants after they complete the challenge

For more information, call 608-388-3200 or visit the fitness center.


Spotlight on Fitness seeks fitness success stories

The Rumpel Fitness Center is seeking submissions for its Spotlight on Fitness program.

People who share their fitness success stories of 2014 will be recognized on the fitness center's "Wall of Exceptional People of 2014."

Stories can be emailed to For more information, call 608-388-3200.


Fishing Derby at Pine View set for Jan. 17

Pine View Campground's Ice Fishing Derby is Saturday, Jan. 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Squaw Lake. The contest is open to the public. The entry fee is $10.

Because the event is being held in conjunction with Wisconsin's Free Fishing Weekend, fishing permits and licenses are not required.

The contestant that catches the largest (by weight) fish will win a prize. In the event of a tie, length will be used as the tie-breaker.

Fish must be caught at Squaw Lake and registered at the Campground Office, building 8053, by 3:30 p.m. The winner will be announced at 4 p.m.

Pre-registration will be accepted at Central Registration, building 1668, or at the Campground Office. Registration the day of the event will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Campground Office.

For more information, call 608-388-3517.


Fort McCoy to participate in Free Fishing Weekend Jan. 17-18

Fort McCoy will participate in Wisconsin's Free Fishing Weekend Jan. 17-18.

During this weekend only no permits or licenses will be required to fish on Fort McCoy lakes. Stream fishing is closed for the winter season. All Fort McCoy and State of Wisconsin fishing regulations, rules, length and bag limits still will be in effect.

Anglers must call the game line at 866-277-1597, or access the i-Sportsman website at, for information on lake closures due to military training for that day.

Fort McCoy fishing regulations and maps are available on post at Pine View Campground, building, 8053; the Permit Sales Office, building 2168; the Hunter Information Point, and the Exchange, building 1538, and off post at Schnitzler's (Sparta), Walmart (Sparta and Tomah) and Roscoe's (Tomah).

For more information about fishing at Fort McCoy, visit the i-Sportsman website or call the Permit Sales Office at 608-388-3337.

Winter Extravaganza set for Jan. 24

Whitetail Ridge Ski Area's annual Winter Extravaganza event is set for Saturday, Jan. 24 with the ski/tubing hills opening at 10 a.m. The event is open to the public.

Activities include a snow pile dig, carnival games, a slalom race, an obstacle course race, rail jam competition, snow angel making contest, a big air competition, tubing races and a hot dog eating contest. Door prizes will be given away throughout the day.

Specials will include $20 lift tickets, $10 tubing passes and $20 ski lessons ($30 with equipment rental). Equipment rental is available on site.

For more information, call 608-388-3517/4498.


Martin Luther King Jr. observance set for Jan. 29

Fort McCoy's Martin Luther King Jr. observance is Thursday, Jan. 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571.

The keynote speaker presentation by Jonathan Overby, Ph.D., begins at noon. Overby is the executive producer and host of the Wisconsin Public Radio broadcast, "Higher Ground with Jonathan Overby."

Overby, an ethnomusicologist and lyric baritone, served as music director at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Campus Ministry, vice president of the Wisconsin Arts Board and executive producer and director of Wisconsin's Official Annual State Tribute honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — the oldest such ceremony in the nation.

Currently, Overby is a member of the doctoral faculty at Edgewood College in Madison with a five-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship to advance his research on world music. His research centers on "the examination of world sacred music and its potential for creating greater understanding of the 'other' as a means of reducing human hatred."

For more information, call 608-388-3246.


Pre-retirement, Soldier For Life briefings set for Feb. 2-6

Pre-retirement and Soldier For Life-Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) briefings will be held Feb. 2-6 at Fort McCoy.

The pre-retirement portion, to be held at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571, is open to service members who will retire or separate within 12 months of the briefings. Spouses are welcome to attend.

The Soldier For Life-TAP briefings — Tuesday through Friday — will be held at building 50, room 100. Computers will be provided, but use of personal laptops is encouraged.

Briefing topics include benefits and issues related to military retirement, Veterans Affairs benefit information, financial planning, and a Department of Labor briefing, which includes resume writing, interviewing skills, job access and other job-search issues.

For more information or to request a registration form, contact Tom Kunz, SFL-TAP counselor, at 608-388-7941, or by email at

Registration must be received by Jan. 23.


Pine View Campground accepting reservations for 2016

Fort McCoy's Pine View Campground is accepting reservations for 2016.

Reservations can be made by calling 608-388-3517, or online by using the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Webtrac site,

First-time users will need to establish an account user name and password by calling 800-531-4703 or 608-388-3517, or by emailing After the account is set up, log in to make reservations, print receipts, reserve equipment and more.

Reservations made via the Web require full payment at the time of reservation. Phone reservations require a deposit of 50 percent.

Full payment must be received within 10 days of making a reservation or the site will be released.


Scholarships for Military Children applications available

Applications for the Scholarships for Military Children Program for the 2015-2016 school year are now available at commissaries worldwide or online at

Applicants must be a dependent, unmarried child, younger than 21 — or 23, if enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university — of a service member on active duty, Reserve or Guard member, retiree or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty, or survivor of a retiree.

Applications must be turned in to a commissary by close of business Feb. 13. Packages must be hand-delivered or shipped via U.S. Postal Service or other delivery methods, not emailed or faxed. The applicant must attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university, full time, in the fall of 2015 or be enrolled in studies designed to transfer to a four-year program.

For more information, students or sponsors should call Scholarship Managers at 856-616-9311, or email them at

At Fort McCoy, applications can be delivered to the Commissary, building 1537, or mailed to 1537 South J Street, Fort McCoy, WI 54656. For more information, call 608-388-3542.