Fort McCoy News Dec. 11, 2015

News Notes

Operating hours limited at Gate 20 until Jan. 4

Gate 20 hours of operations will be limited through Jan. 4, 2016.

Limited hours began Dec. 1. Gate 20 is open daily from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Jan. 4, 2016, excluding Dec. 24-25.

The gate will be closed Dec. 24-25 and resume limited operations Dec. 26. Anyone wishing to access the installation between 6 p.m. and 5 a.m. will need to enter through the Main Gate on Highway 21.

Starting at 5 a.m. Jan. 4, 2016, Gate 20 will resume 24/7 operations.


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

Bakers can show off their skills at the Cookie-Baking Contest Dec. 17 at McCoy's Community Center, 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. For more information, call 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.


Basic Pistol Course scheduled for Dec. 20

Sportsman's Range will host the National Rifle Association's (NRA) Basic Pistol Course Sunday, Dec. 20, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The class will teach basic firearm safety; pistol mechanisms and operation; shooting skills; and pistol maintenance, selection, and use. The class includes range time. Firearms and ammunition will be provided for the range portion of the course.

Students will get a 30-minute lunch break and should bring their own lunches.

The course costs $100 and is open to the public. To register, go online to and search for "NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Courses" in Wisconsin. Once registered through the NRA website, instructors will contact students who are accepted. A minimum of five students and a maximum of 16 students can take the course.

For more information, visit, or call Sportsman's Range at 608-388-9162.


Action Video Challenge begins Dec. 26 at Whitetail

Fort McCoy's Whitetail Ridge Ski Area is holding an Action Video Challenge beginning Dec. 26. The challenge is free and open to the public.

Participants will capture a snowboarding or skiing video taken at the ski hill and post it to Whitetail Ridge's Facebook page at for a chance to win a $50 House Boardshop gift certificate.

Videos must be posted by midnight Monday, Jan. 25, to the Whitetail Facebook page.

A panel of Morale, Welfare and Recreation judges will review the videos and choose a winner, which will be announced during Winter Extravaganza. For more information about the challenge or Whitetail Ridge Ski Area, call 608-388-4498.


CYSS offers babysitting class during winter school break

Fort McCoy Child, Youth & School Services (CYSS) and 4-H are offering a babysitting class for youth from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 29-31.

The three-day class will teach important skills for babysitting, including infant/child CPR and first aid, principles of discipline, nutrition, entertaining children, diapering, safety, and the business of babysitting.

The class will be taught at the School-Age Center/Youth Center (SAC/YC), building 1792. Students should bring a sack lunch each day.

The class is open to children ages 12 and older who are enrolled in CYSS services. A minimum enrollment of five students is required, and space is limited to 12 students. Registration is required by Monday, Dec. 21.

For more information or to register, call CYSS Parent Central Services at 608-388-8956 or SAC/YC at 608-388-4373.


'Golden Ticket to Fitness' starts Jan. 4 at Rumpel

Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1121, is offering a "Golden Ticket to Fitness" event from Jan. 4 to March 21, 2016.

The fitness center will sell $30 tickets to fitness, which can be redeemed for 20 fitness classes, normally $3 each.

If patrons use all 20 classes before March 21, they can turn in the cards for a chance to win a $150 gift card to Valley View Mall in La Crosse, Wis.

For more information, call 608-388-2290.


Whitetail Ridge plans Military Appreciation event

Whitetail Ridge Ski Area will host a Military Appreciation event Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, from noon to 4:30 p.m.

Current and retired military members will receive half off lift-ticket prices. Current military members can enter a raffle. Prizes will be given every half hour from 1-4 p.m. Military members must show a current ID to receive a prize entry.

Other activities include writing thank you notes and signing a poster for Soldiers, skiing or tubing with the name of a fallen Soldier pinned to your jacket, and a "Thoughts from Home" drive to collect items for Soldiers.

The event is open to the public. For more information, call 608-388-3200.


'Can I Kiss You?' programs set for Jan. 10, 11

Interactive programs on intimacy and relationships are scheduled for Jan. 10 and 11, 2016.

Two sessions of "Can I Kiss You?" aimed at adults of any age will be offered at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, in building 905. The program is sponsored by the Army Community Service (ACS) Family Advocacy Program and Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) program.

The "Can I Kiss You?" presentation is an entertaining, interactive training program that covers consent, bystander intervention, and supporting survivors of sexual assault. It may be used in lieu of the Army Distance Learning System's online SHARP training with approval from leadership. It was developed by Mike Domitrz, author of "May I Kiss You?" and a leading authority on sexual-assault awareness.

For more information or to register, contact ACS SHARP Point of Contact Jamie Cram at 608-388-8989 or by email at

A session of "Can I Kiss You?" aimed at teens, young adults, and parents is planned for Sunday, Jan. 10, at 6 p.m. at South Post Community Center, 6158 H Circle. The program works to inspire students through humor and a unique approach to healthier dating and communication.

For more information or to register, call Cori Yahnke at 608-388-4373 or email her at

A "Help! My Teen is Dating" question-and-answer session is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at McCoy's Community Center, building 1571. Parents can learn tips on talking to their children about dating and romance. Parents may come any time during the session.

All events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workers, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.

For more information about the "Can I Kiss You?" program, go online to


'Nott-ical' Challenge starts Jan. 11 at fitness center

The "Nott-ical" Challenge starts Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122. The event is open to all authorized fitness center patrons.

Participants will swim 400 meters, using either the front crawl or breast stroke. Those who beat Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Steven W. Nott's time will receive a free T-shirt. Nott's time will be revealed to participants after the challenge ends.

For more information, call 608-388-3200 or visit the fitness center.


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 what their "anger styles" are, 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 for 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.


Digital Photography Contest accepting submissions

The 2015 Army Digital Photography Contest is accepting entries through Dec. 31.

Participants are divided into two divisions: active-duty military and other eligible participants, including Family members, retirees, and Department of the Army civilians. Contestants may submit up to three photos in each of seven categories: animals, design elements, digital darkroom, military life, nature and landscapes, people, and still life.

Official photos taken for service functions or in the line of duty are not eligible. Photos must be original work and taken with the past year (after September 2014).

All photos must be submitted online through Complete contest rules and guidelines, including file requirements and category explanations, are available at


All-Army Sports Program 2016 calendar available

The 2016 calendar of application deadlines and competitions for the All Army Sports Program is now available.

The program is open to active-duty, Reserve, and National Guard service members. Application guidelines are available online at

The program offers competitions for the Army Ten-Miler, basketball, bowling, boxing, cross-country, golf, marathons, orienteering, rugby, soccer, softball, taekwondo, triathlons, volleyball, and wrestling.

Application deadlines are as early as Dec. 1, 2015, and vary depending on the sport.

Call Pam Budda at 608-388-6461 for more information or to get a copy of the calendar.