Fort McCoy News May 22, 2015

News Notes

Summer fishing contest kicks off May 23

The biggest catches of the summer will win prizes in Pine View Campground's Summer Fishing Contest, which starts May 23 and ends Sept. 7.

Fish must be caught in Fort McCoy waters and registered the day of the catch at Pine View Campground's office, building 8053, during normal hours of operation.

Fishermen will be divided by age categories: age 15 and under or age 16 and over. Winners will be selected for both age groups in each of five categories: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, panfish, and trout. Fish will be judged by weight but must be of legal length to be entered in the competition.

Anglers must have the appropriate Fort McCoy permits and state of Wisconsin licenses. Anglers are reminded that a Wisconsin trout stamp is required when fishing for trout. Fort McCoy fishing permits are sold through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Automated License Issuance System. Fort McCoy also will participate in Wisconsin's free fishing weekend June 6-7. No licenses or trout stamps are required to fish that weekend.

For more information about the contest, call 608-388-3517. For more Fort McCoy fishing information and to identify which waters are open for fishing, contact the Permit Sales office at 608-388-3337, or visit the Fort McCoy i-Sportsman website at


Applications due June 12 for 2015 fall hunting seasons

Applications are being accepted for 2015 Fort McCoy gun-deer, cantonment archery, and fall turkey hunting seasons.

Applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered to the Permit Sales Office by Friday, June 12. Hand-delivered applications must be received by 3:30 p.m. June 12 to be eligible for the drawing.

For more information, call the Permit Sales Office at 608-388-3337 or visit the iSportsman website at


SKIESUnlimited to offer summer swimming lessons

Children's swimming lessons will be offered in two sessions this summer by Child, Youth & School Services' (CYSS) SKIESUnlimited Instructional Program. The lessons are open to children age 4 and older.

Classes run Monday through Thursday mornings during the two-week sessions. The first session is July 6-16, and the second is July 27-Aug. 6. Lessons will be divided by skill level.

Each session costs $25. Transportation will be provided by CYSS if the youth are in attendance at Child Development Center or School Age Center/Youth Center (SAC/YC) programs during lesson times.

Children need to bring swimsuits and towels each day. Space is limited, so registration is required. Payment of the $25 registration fee is due at the time of enrollment and is nonrefundable. For more information, call Parent Central Services at
608-388-8956 or SAC/YC at 608-388-4373.


2015 Army Arts, Crafts Contest accepting entries June 1-July 31

The 2015 Army Arts and Crafts Contest will accept submissions from June 1 to July 31.

The contest is open to both novice and accomplished artists. Individuals who have gained skills and knowledge through formal courses leading to credit in college or art schools and those who have received awards in professional competitions or Army Arts Contests are considered accomplished artists.

Up to three submissions per artist will be accepted in each of 10 categories: ceramic art, digital art, drawings, fiber art, glass art, metal art, 2-D mixed media, 3-D mixed media, paintings, and wood art. All submissions must be original work completed after July 1, 2014, and must be uploaded through

The contest is open to all authorized MWR patrons, excluding Army Arts and Crafts employees.

Prizes for the Armywide competition will be awarded for first through third places in each category. Judges also may select up to two honorable mentions per category.

For complete contest rules and more information on art categories, visit


Pine View offers host of recreational opportunities

Pine View Campground offers theme-weekend activities Memorial Day through Labor Day. Games and activities will be held in conjunction with each theme.

The themes are: Mystery Weekend, May 23; Water Warriors, May 30; Mud Run, June 6; Heroes, June 13; Summerfest, June 20; Boredom Busters, June 27; Color Run, July 4; Family Fun Day, July 11; Hawaiian Luau, July 18; Taste of Summer, July 25; Paws at Pine View, Aug. 1; Western Weekend, Aug. 8; 3 Doors Down with Theory of a Deadman Concert, Aug. 15; Beach Week, Aug. 22; Haunted Trails, Aug. 29; and Sportsman's Day, Sept. 5.

To make online reservations at Pine View Campground, go to To set up an account, call 800-531-4703 or 608-388-3517. After an account is set up, patrons can make reservations, reprint receipts, reserve equipment, and more.

Call 608-388-3517/2619 or 800-531-4703 for more information.


Military Appreciation Night honors Soldiers May 29 at McCoy's

Military members can get a free meal Friday, May 29, at McCoy's, building 1571, during Military Appreciation Night.

A free buffet dinner will be given to the first 300 Soldiers with valid Common Access Cards starting at 5 p.m. D.J. Angelo will perform for those attending. The event also will feature discounted bowling and water pong.

Military Appreciation Night honors the men and women in the armed forces and is open to all military members. For more information, call 608-388-3200.


50-bird trap shoot scheduled May 30 at Sportsman's Range

A 50-bird trap shoot will be held Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fort McCoy's Sportsman's Range.
The contest is open to all eligible users of the Sportsman's Range.

Participants will shoot 50 clay pigeons in three rounds — 25 from the 16-yard line, 25 single handicapped, and 50 double from the 16-yard line. Prizes will be awarded.

The registration fee is $40 for nonmembers or $35 for members. For details, call 608-388-3517 or visit


TSP management topic of June 2 class at ACS

A Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) class designed for new and midcareer civilians and Soldiers is planned for Tuesday, June 2.

The class is from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111. The class will cover the different types of TSP funds, contributions, account management, death benefits, tips, and resources.

ACS events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers, unless otherwise noted. Registration is required by Monday, June 1.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-3540/3505.


Online-safety classes for Families June 3, Aug. 18

Internet-safety classes for Families are scheduled at Army Community Service (ACS) for Wednesday, June 3, and Tuesday, Aug. 18.

Each class is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at ACS, building 2111. Topics include cybercrime awareness, social media, and parental controls and software.

Registration is required, as space will be limited. To register or for more information, contact Jamie Cram, ACS Sexual Harassment and Assault Response/Prevention point of contact, by phone at 608-388-8989 or by email at


'Battle of the Mud' run set for June 6 at Whitetail

Fort McCoy's "Battle of the Mud" mud run will be Saturday, June 6, at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area. The adult run starts at 9:30 a.m. with heats every 15 minutes. The children's race, a shorter course, begins at 9 a.m.

The course is 3.5 miles long and includes 12 obstacles. Music, games, and concessions will be available during the event.

Preregistration fees are $20 for military personnel and Department of Defense civilians, $25 for the general public, and $10 for children age 12 and younger. An additional $10 fee will be charged to participants who register the day of the event.

Registered participants will receive a T-shirt, drink ticket, and door-prize entry. Register by May 29 to guarantee request for T-shirt size. Registration forms are available online at; the Pine View Campground office, building 8053; and Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122. Online registration is available at

For more information, call 800-531-4703.


McCoy chapter of AUSA to host 2015 Army Birthday Ball

The MG Robert B. McCoy Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) is hosting a ball Saturday, June 13, in honor of the U.S. Army's 240th birthday and Fort McCoy's 106th birthday.

The event is at Jake's Northwoods in Sparta, Wis. Social hour starts at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., and live music and dancing will follow. The entree is a choice of prime rib or stuffed chicken.

Tickets cost $35. Reservations and payments are requested by June 1. Military members should wear mess dress or the Army Service Uniform with a bowtie. Civilians should wear formal or semi-formal attire.

For more information or reservations, call the AUSA chapter at 608-619-0233, visit, or email


2015 Fort McCoy Guide now available throughout post

The 2015 Fort McCoy Guide is now available at racks throughout the installation and online through the Fort McCoy public website at The annual guide contains information about a variety of topics, including a Fort McCoy overview; telephone directory; and community life, attractions, and history. Print copies are available at rack locations throughout the installation.

To request additional copies of the guide or report content updates, contact the Public Affairs Office at 608-369-2407.