Fort McCoy News Jan. 8, 2016

News Notes

Check new document requirements before getting, renewing ID cards

The Department of Defense (DOD) Real-Time Automated Personnel Identification System (RAPIDS) will be updated in January.

As a result, document requirements for the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) also are being updated.

For sponsor or Family member name changes, both primary and secondary documents must match the name saved in a sponsor's record. If the names do not match, proof of a name change is required, such as a marriage certificate or court document.

DOD civilians receiving an ID card for the first time must present two unexpired forms of identification. Expired identification documents no longer will be accepted. DOD civilians may use an expired DOD ID card as a secondary document when renewing ID cards, but no other expired documents may be used.

Examples of acceptable identification documents are listed on Form I-9, which can be found at Not all documents listed on Form I-9 are accepted by RAPIDS; it is intended as a guideline. For more information about DEERS/RAPIDS at Fort McCoy, call 608-388-4563.


Whitetail Ridge plans Military Appreciation event

Whitetail Ridge Ski Area will host a Military Appreciation event Saturday, Jan. 9, 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.


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

The "Nott-ical" Challenge starts Monday, Jan. 11, 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.


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

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

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


Winter fishing contest scheduled for Jan. 16

Pine View Campground will host a winter fishing contest Saturday, Jan. 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Because the event is being held in conjunction with Wisconsin's Free Fishing Weekend, fishing permits and licenses are not required. The contest is open to the public.

The entry fee is $15 for adults and children age 14 and older. Children who are 8-13 years old pay $10. Children 7 or younger may compete for free.

Fish are accepted in two divisions: bluegill and crappie. The contestant who catches the largest (by weight) fish will win a prize. In the event of a tie, length will be used as the tie-breaker. No live bait is allowed. The event is a catch-and-keep tournament; no culling of fish is allowed.

Brats and hot dogs will be available from noon to 1 p.m. Fish must be caught at Squaw Lake and brought to the registration center by 4 p.m. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m.

Register at Pine View Campground by Jan. 15. For more information, call 608-388-3517.


Martin Luther King Jr. event set for Jan. 19

Fort McCoy will observe Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday with a presentation Tuesday, Jan. 19, at noon. The location will be announced at a later date.

The guest speaker is Sheyann Webb, who became involved in the civil-rights movement when she was 8 years old and, at the age of 9, participated in the March 7, 1965, march from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery, which became known as "Bloody Sunday." She's co-author of the book "Selma, Lord, Selma: Girlhood Memories of the Civil Rights Days."

For more information about Fort McCoy observances, call the Equal Opportunity adviser at 608-388-8994.


Valentine card workshops set for Jan. 23, Feb. 6

Army Community Service is hosting two Family card-making workshops Saturday, Jan. 23, and Saturday, Feb. 6.

The workshop is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Families may reserve up to three hours at the workshop. All materials are supplied, and class sizes are limited. Registration is required by Tuesday, Jan. 19, or Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Army Community Service events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. To register or for more information, call 608-388-6507.


Whitetail Ridge offers night snowshoe tour Jan. 23

Whitetail Ridge Ski Area's Moonlit Snowshoe Tour is planned for Saturday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m.

Ski area staff members will guide participants through Whitetail Ridge trails under a full moon, weather permitting.

The tour is an approximately 1-mile loop. The tour costs $2. Snowshoe rentals are available for $25 per day. The event is open to the public.

Registration is required by 5:30 p.m. Jan. 23. Registration forms are available at Whitetail Ridge, Pine View Campground, and Rumpel Fitness Center.

For more information, call 608-388-4498.


Action Video Challenge ends Jan. 25 at Whitetail

Fort McCoy's Whitetail Ridge Ski Area is holding an Action Video Challenge. 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 to the Whitetail Facebook page by midnight Monday, Jan. 25.

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.


Annual Winter Extravaganza set for Jan. 30

Whitetail Ridge Ski Area's annual Winter Extravaganza event is set for Saturday, Jan. 30, with the ski/tubing hills opening at 10 a.m. The event is open to the public.

Activities include a snow-pile dig, a slalom race, an obstacle-course race, rail-jam competition, a big-air competition, a hot-dog-eating contest, and more. Door prizes will be given away throughout the day.

For more information, call 608-388-3517/4498.


'Golden Ticket to Fitness' continues at Rumpel

Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1121, is offering a "Golden Ticket to Fitness" event until March 21.

The fitness center will sell $25 tickets to fitness, which can be redeemed for 20 fitness classes, normally $3 each. If patrons use all 20 classes before Monday, March 21, they can turn in the cards for a chance to win a $150 gift card.

For more information, call 608-388-2290.