Fort McCoy News Nov. 27, 2015

News Notes

Fort McCoy Christmas Tree Lighting set for Dec. 3

Fort McCoy's annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be held Thursday, Dec. 3, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at McCoy's, building 1571.

The free event is open to Fort McCoy Soldiers, employees, and their Families.

Activities will include carols sung by the Fort McCoy Child, Youth and School Services youth; crafts and activities for children; pictures with Santa; and Santa's Gift Shop (all gifts $1).

McCoy's will offer a food special from 4-7 p.m.

For more information, call 608-388-3200.


'Trees for Troops' event is Dec. 5 at South Post housing

Trees for Troops is offering free Christmas trees starting 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at South Post Community Center, 6158 H Circle.

The trees are for active-duty, National Guard, and Reserve Soldiers. Trees are available while supplies last and cannot be held for later pickup. Only one tree may be taken per Family.

For more information, call 608-388-3704.


ACS classes offer methods to beat holiday stress

Two classes about overcoming stress during the holiday season will be offered Monday, Dec. 7, at Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111.

The Army Family Team Building staff will explore methods to battle stressors during the holidays. Participants can attend a 9-10:30 a.m. session or a 1-2:30 p.m. session. Registration is required by Monday, Nov. 30.

ACS events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. For more information or to register, call 608-388-3505.


Holiday gifts sought for homeless veterans

The Green Tree chapter of the American Society of Military Comptrollers is seeking donations for its annual "Wrappin' Rappin'" gift drive for homeless and at-risk veterans.

The chapter seeking donations of new items for 60 veterans (four women and 56 men) housed at the Veterans Assistance Foundation Center at the Tomah Veterans Affairs complex.

The foundation requests items such as socks; gloves; scarves; T-shirts and sweatshirts in men's L, XL, and XL and women's M, L, and XXL sizes; wallets; watches; covered insulated coffee mugs; day planners; wall calendars with squares around the dates to write in appointments; grooming kits; movies; cologne; pillows with pillow cases; and nail polish and other feminine items for the female veterans.

Other suggested items include NFL team items, coupon books or gift certificates for restaurants and movie theaters, phone cards, inexpensive MP3 players, music gift cards, and ear buds.

The foundation accepts homemade cookies, snacks, and candy, which can be donated with the gifts or dropped off at the office any time before the Dec. 15 holiday party.

The foundation has established "step-up" houses for veterans transitioning out of the program. There are currently 10 veterans in the step-up program.

Kitchen items, such as towels, washcloths, and small appliances; bath and bedding items; and hangers are requested for these veterans.

The foundation asks that no used clothing or household items be donated for the holiday gift program. Used items can be donated to the program at any other time during the year; contact Faye Rainey at 608-372-1280 for information or to arrange donations.

Fort McCoy community members can drop off donated items with Bonnie Hilt at building 1913 by Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Anyone is welcome to help wrap gifts at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, in building 1913.


Risk-taking behaviors subject of Dec. 10 class

A class on post-combat risk-taking behaviors is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 10, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111.

The class will explore the definition of risk-taking behavior, statistics, understanding risk-taking behavior, post-combat invincibility, and surviving post-combat stress.

Registration is required by Thursday, Dec. 3. ACS events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. For more information or to register, call 608-388-3505.


Frosty's Footrace set for Dec. 10

Frosty's Footrace is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 10, at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1121.

The competition is a 3-mile indoor run on treadmills. Participants may come in and run any time before 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Each participant will receive a free tubing pass to Whitetail Ridge Ski Area. The fastest male and female runners will receive prizes.

The competition is open to all fitness center patrons. There is no fee, but participants are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to donate. Register at Rumpel Fitness Center by 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10.

For more information, call 608-388-3200.


Cookie-baking contest planned Dec. 17 at McCoy's

Bakers can show off their skills at the Cookie-Baking Contest Thursday, Dec. 17, at McCoy's, building 1571.

The contest will be judged by Fort McCoy community members. If you'd rather eat sweets than bake them, you can sample cookies and vote for your favorites for a $1 fee. Tasting will be open from noon to 2 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded for the three top cookie or bar recipes. Cookies or bars should be cut into quarters for tasting. Cookies need to be dropped off from 11 a.m. to noon. The contest is open to all authorized Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons.

Bakers should register by Saturday, Dec. 5, at McCoy's or by calling 608-388-3200.


Santa to visit children at South Post housing

Santa will visit children at the Fort McCoy South Post Housing Area Saturday, Dec. 19, from noon to 4 p.m.

Santa visits, free of charge, from the Fort McCoy police and fire departments. Parents are asked to provide a gift for Santa to bring to each of their children.

Parents who want Santa to visit their children should register and drop off gifts at the police station, building 1681, by Thursday, Dec. 17. Forms are available from Rick Jackson at the Directorate of Emergency Services.

For more information or to request a form, call 608-388-4546.


Anger-management class scheduled for Jan. 14 at ACS

A class on anger-management techniques is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 14, from 9-10:30 a.m. at Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111.

Participants will learn about their "anger styles," self-awareness, how to keep track of their responses to anger, techniques to manage anger, and how to calm an angry person.

Registration is required by Thursday, Jan. 7.

ACS events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workers, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers unless otherwise stated.

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


Pine View Campground to begin accepting reservations for 2017

Pine View Campground will begin accepting 2017 camping reservations from military members Monday, Dec. 28. Reservations will be accepted from all others beginning Monday, Jan. 4, 2016.

Reservations can be made by calling 608-388-3517. Online reservations are available using the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Webtrac site, Full payment is required at the time of reservation.


Sponsorship training dates set for 2016 classes

Dates have been set for 2016 sponsorship training sessions. Classes are from 10-11 a.m. at Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111. 2016 class dates are Feb. 9, May 10, Aug. 9, and Nov. 8.

Sponsorship is a commander's program that assists Soldiers, civilian employees, and Families during the reassignment process and improves unit or organizational cohesion and readiness. Training topics include regulations and forms, program entitlements, types of sponsorship, sponsor responsibilities, commander responsibilities, and e-sponsorship.

ACS events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workers, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers unless otherwise stated. Unit sponsorship training can be scheduled by completing a training request form six weeks in advance. Forms are available at

For more information or to register, call ACS at 608-388-3505. Register no later than one week prior to the training.


Whitetail Ridge Ski Area sets group rates, hours for 2015-16

Whitetail Ridge Ski Area tentatively is scheduled to open for the season Saturday, Dec. 19. The ski area's hours will be 4:30-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Groups also are welcome Monday through Thursday with advance reservations.

Group rates are available for both skiing and tubing. Rates are per person, and a minimum of 50 people is required for a group. A two-hour session costs $6 per person, and a three-hour session costs $11 per person. Groups can bring their own lunches or request the snack bar open. Whitetail Ridge Ski Area is open to the public. Individual and group season passes are available for skiing and equipment rental.

For reservations or for more information, call 608-388-3517.


Exchange announces return of Extended Holiday Price Guarantee

DALLAS — This holiday season, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service promises to offer Soldiers, Airmen, and their Families the lowest prices in town — or it will pay them back the difference.

Under the Exchange's Extended Holiday Price Guarantee, if shoppers find an item they've already purchased at the Exchange at a lower price from a local competitor, they will receive a gift card loaded with the difference in price. Purchases made in Exchange stores between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24 are eligible for the guarantee.

"Military Families already have too much on their plates this time of year to be worrying about finding the lowest price for each holiday gift purchase," said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Sean Applegate, Exchange senior enlisted adviser. "The Exchange makes it easy by offering Soldiers, Airmen, and their Families the most-affordable prices and tax-free shopping, all under one roof."

To receive the gift card, shoppers simply bring their original Exchange receipt and a current ad from a competitor. The Holiday Extended Price Guarantee includes but not other website prices.

Space available at RV Storage Center

Space is available to store recreational vehicles (RVs) at Fort McCoy.

Two sizes are available: 12 feet by 25 feet and 12 feet by 35 feet. All storage lots are located on Fort McCoy in secure, fenced areas.

Call 608-388-3517 or 800-531-4703 for prices or to reserve space.