Fort McCoy News September 25, 2015

News Notes

Sept. 30 blood drive scheduled at McCoy's

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at Fort McCoy Wednesday, Sept. 30.

The drive is from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at McCoy's, building 1571. Free juice and cookies are available for donors.

Donors can make appointments in advance or preview eligibility requirements by calling 800-733-2767 or going online to Walk-ins are welcome.


Hispanic Heritage Month event scheduled for Oct. 1

Fort McCoy's observance of Hispanic Heritage Month tentatively is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571.

The guest speaker is Michelle Pinzl, a visiting instructor at Viterbo University.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 each year. It celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

The program starts at noon. Those attending should get lunch on their own.

For more information about Fort McCoy observances, call the Equal Opportunity adviser at 608-608-6078.


Central Vehicle Wash Facility to reduce hours starting Oct. 1

Fort McCoy's Central Vehicle Wash, located on Washrack Road, will reduce hours starting Thursday, Oct. 1.

The facility still will be open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., but it will be open weekends by appointment only, weather permitting. The facility will close for the season Sunday, Nov. 1. Central Vehicle Wash Facility is for tactical vehicles and equipment only; privately owned, GSA, and leased vehicles are not allowed.

For more information, call 608-388-6110/7640.


Recreation Center closes for winter season Oct. 1

As of Oct. 1, the Recreation Center will be closed for the winter season.

Selected services will be available in other locations, but details are still being arranged.

For more information, call the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation at 608-388-7400.


Weekly rifle competitions start Oct. 1 at range

Fort McCoy's Sportsman's Range is holding weekly rifle-shooting competitions from Oct. 1 through Nov. 20.

Competitors try to score 100 points in as few shots as possible. Each participant may take as many shots as needed without missing to gain 100 points. Missed shots disqualify competitors.

The entry fee is $2 per week, and the top scorer for the entire contest will win a prize. For more information, call 608-388-9162/3517.


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 the 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.

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


Fort McCoy Fire Department hosts Fire Prevention Week

The Fort McCoy Fire Department is hosting events Oct. 5-9 for Fire Prevention Week.

This year's theme is "hear the beep where you sleep," promoting the need for smoke alarms in bedrooms.

Department personnel will conduct postwide fire-evacuation drills from 12:30-3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5; 12:30-3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6; 9:30-11 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8; and 9:30-11 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9.

Firefighting equipment will be on display at the Exchange Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to noon. Firefighters will participate in Fort McCoy Safety Day on Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. An information booth will be available all week at the Exchange, building 1538, and McCoy's Community Club, building 1571.

For more information about Fire Prevention Week at Fort McCoy, call 608-388-2508.


Fort McCoy Safety Day scheduled for Oct. 7

The installation community is invited to attend Fort McCoy Safety Day set for Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in building 905.

On- and off-post agencies will be represented at the event. Numerous safety topics will be covered, including bow-hunting safety, all-terrain vehicle and snowmobile safety, unexploded-ordnance safety, highway and driving safety, yoga, physical and spiritual health, ergonomic office equipment and chairs, gun safety, identification of poisonous plants, and more. There also will be various demonstrations, a MedLink helicopter, the Fort McCoy Fire Department smoke house and vehicles, and the Operation Lifesaver car.

The Directorate of Emergency Services Fire Department will provide hot dogs and chips from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Safety Day activities are coordinated by the Installation Safety Office. For more information, call 608-388-3403.


Top Sportsman competition moved to Oct. 17

The first Top Sportsman competition has been rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 17, 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 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.


DTS documents class scheduled for Oct. 14-15

A two-day class on the Defense Travel System (DTS) will be offered Oct. 14-15 at Fort McCoy. The Defense Finance and Accounting Service lead DTS administrator will conduct the sessions from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in building 50, room DL3.

The class explains how to create temporary-duty authorizations and vouchers for active-duty, civilian, and Reserve travelers. The class also provides hands-on experience in creating authorizations and vouchers using the DTS training database. Beginner and intermediate DTS users are welcome. Registration is required by Friday, Oct. 9, at 3 p.m. Class sizes are limited. The class is open to military members and Department of Defense civilians.

To register, email your name, unit, and phone number to For details, call 608-388-6299.


MWR holds weekly Fantasy Football Challenge

The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) is hosting a weekly Fantasy Football Challenge through the regular playing season.

Participants should select one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end, one kicker, and one defensive player out of those playing in the NFL that week. The same player may be selected multiple weeks.

Forms may be picked up and turned in at McCoy's, building 1571; Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122; and, until Oct. 1, the Recreation Center, building 2000. Completed forms are due by Wednesday of each week.

Prizes will be awarded to weekly winners and the overall top scorer. The competition is open to all MWR patrons. For more information, call 608-388-3200.


Fort McCoy donations total 686 pounds of food, supplies

Fort McCoy community members donated 686 pounds of food and supplies to the recent Feeds Feed Families food drive, according to Staff Sgt. John Roloson with fort McCoy Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison.

The collection surpassed the 2014 total of 568 pounds. The food and supplies are donated to local communities each year. This year's donations were given to the Neighbor for Neighbor Food Bank located in Tomah.

The Fort McCoy Commissary will continue to collect items until Friday, Oct. 2.


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 to the questionnaire 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.

For more information, call Public Affairs at 608-388-2407.