Fort McCoy News August 28, 2015

News Notes

Help evaluate Command Information efforts

As part of an effort to gauge the effectiveness of Fort McCoy's Command Information Program, the Public Affairs Office is conducting a workforce survey through the Interactive Customer Evaluation (ICE) system. The Command Information Program consists of The Real McCoy, The Real McCoy Online, FMC TV 6, and the Fort McCoy Guide.

Responses are voluntary and completely anonymous unless the customer requests a reply. The survey consists of a few brief questions and can be accessed at The questions will remain available in the ICE throughout the year in addition to the annual workforce survey.

ICE comments provide valuable information, which managers review and use to correct problems identified by their customers, as well as recognize service areas that are exceeding customer expectations.
For more information, call Public Affairs at 608-388-2407.


3-gun shooting contest Aug. 29 at Sportsman's Range

A three-gun shooting competition will be held Saturday, Aug. 29, at 10 a.m. at Fort McCoy's Sportsman's Range.
Participants will shoot three courses of fire. Each stage will be judged on speed and accuracy. Prizes will be awarded to the top finisher in each of the following categories: open, tactical scoped, tactical irons, and heavy metal.

The event is open to all authorized users of the facility. The entry fee is $20 for nonmembers or $15 for members. Register at Sportsman's Range or at Pine View Campground, building 8053.

Shotguns, rifles, and pistols are available for rent at the range. Rented firearms must use ammunition purchased at the range. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

For more information, call 608-388-3200.


Fantasy Draft Night planned Aug. 29 at Recreation Center

The Recreation Center is hosting a fantasy-football draft night Saturday, Aug. 29.

Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons and their guests may reserve space to conduct live drafts. The cost is $15. Draftboards, clipboards, pens, markers, paper, and snacks are supplied. In addition, a $2-off pizza special is available from 4 to 8 p.m.

Appointments can be set up for any time during Recreation Center hours, which are noon to 8 p.m. Registration is required by Aug. 21. For more information or to reserve space, call 608-388-3200.


Body-weight lifting challenge set Sept. 3 at fitness center

Rumpel Fitness Center is hosting a body-weight lifting challenge Thursday, Sept. 3.

Participants are challenged to lift the equivalent of their own body weight in each of three exercises: bench press, squat, and deadlift. The participant who performs the most reps will receive a prize.

The challenge is open to all Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation-eligible patrons. Registration is required the day of the competition at the fitness center, building 1122. An employee will observe and record participants' reps. For more information, call 608-388-2290.


Sportsman's Days events scheduled Labor Day weekend

Sportsman-themed events are planned throughout Labor Day weekend at Fort McCoy's Pine View Campground and Sportsman's Range.

A fishing contest begins Friday, Sept. 4, at 4 p.m. and lasts until Sunday, Sept. 6, at 5 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the first legal-size catch and the heaviest fish of the weekend.

There will be activities all day Saturday and Sunday, including a flint-and-steel fire-starting demonstration, a canoe tug of war, an apple-shooting contest for children ages 13 and under, a scavenger hunt, a clay-bird contest, and a parent/child archery contest.

Sportsman's Days events are open to the public. Most activities are free. For more information, call 608-388-3517 or visit online.


Federal-employment workshop scheduled for Sept. 10 at ACS

A workshop providing tips on gaining a job with the federal government will be offered Thursday, Sept. 10, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Army Community Service, building 2111.

Directorate of Human Resources Workforce Development Specialist Kathy Peterson will lead the workshop. The first hour will cover the USA Jobs website,; the second will offer tips on completing a federal resume; and the third will focus on interview skills. Participants may come to any or all sections of the presentation.

The workshop is open to military members, retirees, civilian workers, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. Register by Friday, Sept. 4, by calling 608-388-3505.


Fort McCoy History Center reopens Sept. 11

Fort McCoy's History Center is scheduled to reopen Friday, Sept. 11.

The History Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 11 for its grand reopening and Retiree Appreciation Day.
The center closed in 2014 for renovations. The building is now handicapped-accessible and features an updated interior with redesigned displays.

The History Center features displays of photographs and memorabilia that reflect the roles the installation has held since 1909. It is open year-round to groups by appointment.

Other Commemorative Area buildings, the Equipment Park, and Veterans Memorial Plaza also will be open throughout the day. For more information, call the Public Affairs Office at 608-388-2407.


Retiree Appreciation Day set for Sept. 11

Registration for Fort McCoy's Sept. 11 military Retiree Appreciation Day (RAD) must be received by Friday, Sept. 4. Retirees from all branches of the armed forces and their Family members are eligible to attend.

RAD is an opportunity for all armed forces retirees, spouses, surviving spouses, and/or guests to receive updated information about retiree entitlement programs.

The 2015 event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with sign-in for the morning speaker session starting at 7 a.m. in building 905. The Benefit Fair begins at noon in building 90.

The registration form is available online at The registration form also contains a complete listing of Retiree Appreciation Day events throughout the Midwest.

Lunch is available for purchase on the installation. Photo identification is required for all personnel to access Fort McCoy. For more information, call 800-452-0923.


Organizational-skills classes planned for Sept. 16

"Organizational Skills for the Overwhelmed" classes are scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 16, at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571.

Motivational speaker Leanne Mackenzie will lead two classes, one from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and one from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Learn how to get and stay organized, figure out where time goes, set priorities, tame a "wild workplace," and lower stress.

The workshop is open to military members, retirees, civilian workers, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. Registration is required by Wednesday, Sept. 9.

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


Friends and Spouses of Fort McCoy hosts monthly luncheons

Friends and Spouses of Fort McCoy is hosting a luncheon Thursday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571.

Friends and Spouses of Fort McCoy is a social group connecting the people of Fort McCoy to the local community while also supporting local charities. The club is open to military members, retirees, civilians, and Family members. Monthly luncheons are held September through May.

September's charity is Families First of Monroe County. Those attending the luncheon are asked to bring diapers or wipes to donate. For more information about the club or to RSVP for the luncheon, email


Fort McCoy Guide available throughout post

The 2015 Fort McCoy Guide is available in print format and online through the Fort McCoy public website at

Print copies are available at rack locations throughout the installation, including the Visitor Control Center, building 35; the Exchange, building 1538; McCoy's Community Club, building 1571; and Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

To request additional copies of the guide or report content updates, contact the Public Affairs Office at 608-388-2407.