Fort McCoy News Sept. 11, 2015

News Notes

September: Suicide Prevention Month

The Army is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of its Soldiers, Army civilians, and Family members.

To reflect this commitment, leadership wants to highlight Ready and Resilient messaging and call upon members of the force to "Take Action" by treating one another with dignity and respect, becoming interveners instead of bystanders, and living the Army values daily.

At Fort McCoy, suicide-prevention training is scheduled throughout September in different work centers. All Army personnel, military as well as civilian, are reminded that mandatory in-person prevention training is required by Sept. 30.

For resources, information, or to schedule prevention training, contact Terry Rogalla at the installation Army Substance Abuse Program office at 608-388-2441.

Stand shoulder to shoulder and "Take Action!"


Hunting seasons begin at Fort McCoy

Several hunting seasons begin in September and October at Fort McCoy.

The archery deer season is Sept. 12 to Nov. 19 and Nov. 30 to Dec. 31; fall turkey season is Sept. 12 to Nov. 19 and Nov. 30 to Dec. 31; small-game season for numerous species is Sept. 13 through various end dates; and the gun deer hunt for hunters with disabilities is Oct. 3 and 4. From Nov. 21 to 29, the only hunting allowed on the installation is for the state nine-day gun deer season, for which permits already have been selected.

Hunting, fishing, and trapping on post are regulated by Fort McCoy Regulation 420-29. All hunters, per the regulation, are required to sign in for all 2015 hunting seasons using the i-Sportsman automated system by calling 866-277-1597 or through the i-Sportsman website at Fort McCoy hunters must purchase Fort McCoy permits as well as the appropriate Wisconsin hunting licenses.

For more information about hunting on Fort McCoy, call the Permit Sales Office at 608-388-3337, or go online to


Fort McCoy Day for Kids planned for Sept. 12

Fort McCoy's annual Day for Kids is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12.

The Kids Fun Run will start at 9 a.m. at Patriot Park at South Post Housing. The run is for children ages 3 to 18 years old. After the run, Families can head to the School-Age Center/Youth Center, building 1792, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for more fun.

Day for Kids activities include information and activity booths, inflatables, and a free hot-dog lunch while supplies last.

The event is open to Fort McCoy community members. For more information, call 608-388-4373.


Fort McCoy's Road Kill 5K planned for Sept. 16

The "Road Kill" 5K run/walk is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 16.

The race starts at 11:30 a.m. at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122; heads out Gate 20; and finishes back at the fitness center. Prizes will be awarded to the first- and second-place male and female runners.

The race is open to all Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons. The entry fee is $5. Registration is required by 11 a.m. Sept. 16.

Register online at or by picking up a form at the fitness center.For more information, call 608-388-2290.


Class on building wealth planned Sept. 17 at ACS

A class to help participants build personal wealth is planned for Thursday, Sept. 17, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Army Community Service, building 2111.

The class will teach simple guidelines to build wealth, how to prioritize spending habits, and how to do more with less without giving up quality of life.

The workshop is open to military members, retirees, civilian workers, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. Register by Wednesday, Sept. 16, by calling 608-388-3505.


Friends and Spouses of Fort McCoy hosts luncheon Sept. 17

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


Top Sportsman competition planned Sept. 19 at range

The first Top Sportsman competition is Saturday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m. at Fort McCoy's Sportsman's Range.

Shotgun, rifle, pistol, and 3-D archery events are part of the competition. Both firearms and bows are available to rent.
Rented weapons must use ammunition purchased at the range. The top overall scorer will win a Mission MXB 360 tactical crossbow.

The registration fee for the competition is $30. Lunch is available at Sportsman's Range for $5.

Participants may preregister at Sportsman's Range or Pine View Campground or register by 10 a.m. the day of the competition at the range.

For more information, call Sportsman's Range at 608-388-9162 or Pine View Campground at 608-388-3517.


Instructor-training course scheduled for Sept. 22-24

A three-day instructor-training course is set for Sept. 22-24 at Army Community Service (ACS).

The class is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 22-23 and 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 24 in building 2111.

Topics include speaking on your feet, managing the learning environment, and keeping students engaged. Participants will be required to give a 30-minute presentation.

The workshop is open to military members, retirees, civilian workers, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. To register, call ACS at 608-388-3505.


3-gun shooting contest Sept. 26 at Sportsman's Range

A three-gun shooting competition will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, 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. Suppressors and short-barrel rifles or shotguns are not allowed.

The event is open to all authorized users of the facility. The preregistration fee is $20 for nonmembers or $15 for members. The fee will be $25 the day of the competition. 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.


Achieve work-life balance with Sept. 29 course at ACS

Learn to manage your career and personal life instead of letting it manage you Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 8 to 11 a.m. at Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111.

The class will teach participants to get focused by defining their visions and goals, stop reacting to life and start thinking and acting like CEOs, excel at leadership by creating visions for themselves and their households, effectively manage themselves, and develop clarity of direction for themselves and their households.

The workshop is open to military members, retirees, civilian workers, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. Registration is required by Tuesday, Sept. 22. For more information, call ACS at 608-388-3505.


'Run, Splash, Lift' challenge runs through Sept. 28

Rumpel Fitness Center is conducting a "Run, Splash, Lift" challenge.

Participants are challenged to run 26.2 miles, swim 2.4 miles, and lift a total of 10,000 pounds during a two-month span ending Sept. 28.

Cards can be picked up at the fitness center, building 1122. Participants should document their progress on their cards and turn them into the fitness center upon completion. This a noncompetitive event, and registration is not required.

For more information, call 608-388-2290.


Laundry facilities close Oct. 1 for winter season

The laundry facilities located in Fort McCoy buildings 651, 755, 1735, 1856, 2002, 2568, 2671, and 2763 will be closed for winter beginning Oct. 1. These facilities will open again in spring 2016.

Laundry facilities in buildings 2877 and 1671 will remain open throughout the winter.

The laundry facilities are exclusively for use by Soldiers training at Fort McCoy pursuant to military orders. Civilians, contractors, and retired military members are not authorized to use these facilities.

For more information, call the Troop Facilities Support Branch at 608-388-3800.


National Prescription Take-Back Day set for Sept. 26

Sept. 26 is National Prescription Take-Back Day.

While Fort McCoy does not host a take-back event, community members are encouraged to use drop-off spots in local communities.

Sparta and Tomah police departments both have permanent dropboxes that are available during business hours. Additional sites are typically offered throughout Monroe County.

A Prescription Take-Back Day also is coordinated by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Oct. 17. The goal is to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means to dispose of prescription medications, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of these medications.


Shopping at Fort McCoy Exchange pays dividends

Soldiers and their Families shopping and dining at Army & Air Force Exchange Service stores and restaurants on Fort McCoy generated $69,279.14 last year for Army quality-of-life programs.

During the past 10 years, the Exchange has provided more than $2.4 billion in dividends to military programs, including McCoy's Community Club, Rumpel Fitness Center, and the Recreation Center.

"Roughly two-thirds of Exchange earnings are paid to the services' morale, welfare, and recreation programs, while the other third goes toward building new stores and renovating facilities," said Fort McCoy Exchange General Manager Steve Ard.

The Exchange's mission of providing quality goods and services at competitively low prices while generating earnings to support quality-of-life efforts means the Exchange benefit is more than finding a good price on merchandise. This structure ensures shoppers who take advantage of their benefits at the Fort McCoy Exchange or online at are working to better their communities.

"One hundred percent of Exchange earnings serve Soldiers and their Families," said Ard. "When service members shop or dine at their Exchange, they're investing in their own community, making it a better place to live and work."

Call 608-388-4343 for more information.