Fort McCoy News March 13, 2015

News Notes

ACS seeks opinions through needs-assessment survey

The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) and the Installation Management Command are conducting a needs-assessment survey for Army Community Service (ACS).

The confidential survey, open to the Fort McCoy community, is available at through Wednesday, April 15.

The survey measures the usage and helpfulness of individual ACS programs and services and identifies emerging needs related to Army life. Participants can share their opinions about ACS services and suggest programs they would like to see offered.

"I look forward to hearing how the staff at Fort McCoy ACS can better serve our patrons," said Becky Wapp Sawyer, garrison ACS director.

"Our Fort McCoy Army Community Service strives to deliver outstanding service to our Soldiers, retirees, Department of the Army civilians, and Family members," said Patric McGuane, DFMWR director.

"This survey will allow us to gain valuable information on how to provide the most-effective programs and services to the Fort McCoy community."

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 either must 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 the fitness center at 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 at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122; Whitetail Ridge Ski Area; McCoy's Community Club, building 1571; or 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.


Federal-employment workshop set for March 25 at ACS

Army Community Service will offer a workshop offering tips on gaining a job with the federal government Wednesday, March 25, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Three back-to-back sessions will be led by Directorate of Human Resources Workforce Development Specialist Kathy Peterson.

The first session will cover the USA Jobs website,; the second will offer tips on completing a federal resume; and the third will focus on interview skills.

The workshop is open to military members, retirees, civilian workers, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. Register by Wednesday, March 18, by calling 608-388-3505.


Annual Easter Eggstravaganza set for March 28

Fort McCoy's annual Easter Eggstravaganza event is Saturday, March 28, at the Fort McCoy Exchange and Constitution Park.

The event is open to Fort McCoy employees and their Families. Activities begin at 9 a.m. with breakfast with the Easter Bunny.
Photos with the Easter Bunny, face painting, and Easter crafts will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. At 11 a.m., all participants can walk in the Easter Parade from the Exchange to Constitution Park.

The Easter Egg Hunt begins at 11:30 a.m. Participants must bring their own baskets.

For more information, call 608-388-3200.


'Emotional intelligence' course set for April 1

Army Community Service (ACS) will offer a course titled "Developing Your Emotional Intelligence and Improving Relationships" on Wednesday, April 1.

The class will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at McCoy's, building 1571.

Learn to use emotional intelligence to build consensus and reduce conflict in the workplace, practice empathy, and identify strategies to manage emotional responses to events.

Register by Wednesday, March 25, by calling ACS at 608-388-3505.

Book club begins April 1 at Recreation Center

A book club is being formed, and participants will begin reading the first book Wednesday, April 1.

The first book to be read and discussed is "Washington's Spies" by Alexander Rose. The first club meeting will be Thursday, April 30, at 6 p.m. at the Recreation Center, building 2000.

The group will meet on the last Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. to discuss that month's book. The book club is open to authorized Recreation Center patrons.

For more information, call 608-388-3200.


'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.


April Showers 5K event set for April 8 at Rumpel

An April Showers 5K Run/Walk will be held Wednesday, April 8, at 11:30 a.m. at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

The event is free and open to all authorized Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons. Prizes will be awarded the first- and second-place male and female runners.

Register at the fitness center or online at Registration is required by 11 a.m. the day of the race.


Sportsman's Range opens for season April 11

Fort McCoy's Sportsman's Range will open for the season Saturday, April 11. Hours will be Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Several special events will kick off the season, including door prizes, novelty shooting events, and pistol-shooting lessons.

Members can purchase rounds of trap for half price. Food will be available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Annual membership rates are $60 for military personnel, $80 for nonmilitary, and $100 for a Family.

Daily passes are $5 for military personnel and $7 for nonmilitary. Daily combo passes for firearm and archery are $8 for military and $10 for nonmilitary.

Memberships can be purchased at Pine View Campground, Central Registration, building 2000, or Sportsman's Range.
The range is open to active-duty and retired military, Department of Defense (DOD) appropriated-fund and nonappropriated-fund employees, retired civilian employees, and DOD contractor employees working full time at Fort McCoy identified through Department of the Army civilian common access cards.

Immediate Family members and guests of all identifiable categories also may use the facility.

The facility includes a rifle range (50, 100 and 200 meters), pistol range (50 meters), combination trap-and-skeet shotgun range, elevated archery range, and 3-D archery range.

For more information, call 608-388-9162 or 800-531-4703 or visit


Fort McCoy to host May 16 Armed Forces Day Open House

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.


April 15 Yahtzee tournament planned at Recreation Center

A Yahtzee tournament will be held Wednesday, April 15, at 6 p.m. at the Recreation Center, building 2000.

The tournament is open to authorized Recreation Center patrons.

A minimum of four participants is necessary. There is no entry fee, and prizes will be awarded.

For more information, call 608-388-3200.