Fort McCoy News February 27, 2015

News Notes

Government forms converting from Lotus to Adobe

The Army is in the process of converting all forms from IBM Lotus Forms (identified by an .xfdl extension) to fillable Adobe PDF forms.

Implementation of the new Adobe PDF forms began Oct. 1, 2014. All Army users must begin to use Adobe forms no later than Oct. 1, 2015. Forms are available from the Army Publishing Directorate (APD) website,

Existing IBM Lotus Forms will remain available on the APD website until Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

Organizations with a need to view historical forms previously created in Lotus Forms must save and convert these forms to nonfillable Adobe Acrobat files with the .pdf extension. This must be done before the IBM Lotus Forms software is removed from organizational computers systems (anytime after Oct. 1, 2015).

Once this software is removed, personnel will be unable to view any forms in the Lotus format. Instructions on how to save forms to nonfillable Adobe (.pdf) files are at:

For additional information, see the All Army Activities (ALARACT) 223/2014 posting at

Personnel must use their email certificates to access the ALARACT posting.

For more information, call Fort McCoy Forms Manager Irma "Marie" McDonough at 608-388-4222.


Early catch-and-release trout season begins March 7

Fort McCoy will participate in Wisconsin's 2015 early catch-and-release trout season, which opens Saturday, March 7, and continues through Sunday, April 26. Select waters from Fort McCoy's approximately 71 miles of coldwater streams and tributaries will be open to fishing.

Only artificial lures may be used during the catch-and-release trout season. All fish caught must be returned to the stream. Anglers are reminded that fishing for trout in Fort McCoy lakes and ponds is closed from March 2 until the season opener Saturday, May 2.

Anglers must have the appropriate Fort McCoy permit, state of Wisconsin license, and trout stamp. Fishing licenses, permits, and stamps from 2014 are valid through Tuesday, March 31. Licenses, permits, and stamps for the 2015 season are required April 1.

Fort McCoy fishing permits are sold through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Automated License Issuance System (ALIS). Permits can be purchased at any authorized WDNR ALIS vendor.

The cost of a Fort McCoy annual fishing permit is $13 for people ages 17 and older. Permits for youth ages 16 and under, seniors or disabled anglers, and four-day fishing permits, are $8. For more Fort McCoy fishing information and to identify what waters are open for fishing, contact the Permit Sales office at 608-388-3337, or visit the Fort McCoy i-Sportsman website at


Remember to 'spring forward' March 8!

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 8. Remember to advance your clock one hour.

This also is a good time to change batteries in smoke detectors, according to the U.S. Army Combat Readiness and Safety Center. Working smoke alarms save lives, cutting the risk of dying in a home fire in half.

For more information about fire safety at Fort McCoy, call 608-388-4077.


Whitetail end-of-season party set for March 14

Fort McCoy's Whitetail Ridge Ski Area will hold an end-of-season party Saturday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The ski area then will close for the season.

The event is open to the public. Activities will include games and prizes, and an award for the best costume and customer of the year.

For more information, call 608-388-4498/3200 or visit the website


March Madness challenge open to fitness center users

A March Madness online bracket challenge is open to all eligible Rumpel Fitness Center users. Register your bracket by Wednesday, March 18, at the website

Customers must either create an account or sign into an existing account to play. When the challenge begins, use the password "fortmccoy" to participate. The first-place winner will receive a prize. For more information call 608-388-3200.


March 20 art & wine event planned at Whitetail

"A Taste of Art & Wine" will be held Friday, March 20, at 6 p.m. at Fort McCoy's Whitetail Ridge Ski Area Chalet.

Admission is $10; wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres samples are included. The event is open to the public.

Local artists will exhibit a variety of work including paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, glasswork, etc. Music will be provided from 6 to 8 p.m.

Tickets are limited and can be purchased starting Friday, March 6, at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122; Whitetail Ridge Ski Area; McCoy's Community Club, building 1571; and Central Registration, building 1668.


Aqua antics fitness class set for March 25 at Rumpel

An aqua antics fitness class will be held Wednesday, March 25, at the Rumpel Fitness Center Pool, building 1122.

Authorized patrons can participate in the class beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The 45-minute class is all about having fun while exercising. Prizes will be given for the craziest swim cap and most-creative swim suit.

For more information about the class or the fitness center, call 608-388-2290/3200.


'Parenting with Love and Logic' workshop begins April 7

Army Community Service (ACS) will offer the "Parenting the Love and Logic Way" workshop starting Tuesday, April 7, at building 2111.

The class teaches parents techniques to raise responsible children, have more fun as caregivers, and establish control without resorting to anger.

The workshop consists of three Tuesday sessions from 8:15 a.m. to noon April 7, April 21, and May 5. Participants must register by Friday, April 3.

ACS events are open to military members, civilian workforce, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.
Employees must contact their supervisors regarding dismissal from work centers. Call ACS at 608-388-3505 for more information or to register.


RDC, FRG leadership training set for March 23-24

A leadership training course for rear-detachment commanders (RDCs) and Family Readiness Groups (FRGs) will be conducted by Army Community Service (ACS) from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 23-24.

Topics include the roles of RDCs and FRGs, an overview of regulatory guidance for both, communication skills for leaders, building relationships, and suicide prevention.

Register for the course by Tuesday, March 17. ACS events are open to military members, civilian workforce, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. Call ACS at 608-388-3505 for more information or to register.


SHARP refresher courses offered March 19, 31

Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Annual Refresher Training will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday, March 19, and Tuesday, March 31, at Army Community Service, building 2111.

The training describes the effects of sexual harassment and sexual assault, examines prevention strategies, and discusses Department of Defense sexual-assault statistics and reporting.

SHARP Annual Refresher Training is mandatory for Soldiers and DA civilians and must be completed by Sept. 30. Registration for the course is required and must be completed by the Monday before the desired class.

Additional classes for fiscal year 2015 will be held April 14 and 30, May 12 and 28, June 18 and 30, July 7 and 16, and Aug. 20 and 25. To register, please email the ACS SHARP point of contact, Jamie Cram, at


Armed Forces Day Open House set for Saturday, May 16

Mark your calendars! The annual Fort McCoy Armed Forces Day Open House will be held Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The installation's historic Commemorative Area will serve as the hub of activity for this family-oriented event, which is free and open to the public. The Commemorative Area Buildings, Equipment Park, and Veterans Memorial Plaza will be open throughout the day.

Crowd favorites include guided installation bus tours, personalized dog tags, camouflage face-painting, an interactive marksmanship gallery, military equipment and demonstrations, and more.

A food-and-beverage concession stand will be operating during the event.

Visitors can access the event site via Gate 15 off of Wisconsin Highway 21 between Tomah and Sparta. Adult visitors must be prepared to show photo identification upon entering. For more information, call the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office at 608-388-2407.