Fort McCoy News Feb. 12, 2016

News Notes

Spring turkey applications due Feb. 19

Applications are available for 2016 spring turkey-hunting seasons at Fort McCoy and are due by midnight Friday, Feb. 19.

The application is available only online through the Fort McCoy i-Sportsman website,, and must be filled out and submitted online. No paper copies will be accepted. Individuals must have an account in iSportsman, including their Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Customer Number, before they can apply.  

Application restrictions also apply, said Fort McCoy Wildlife Biologist Dave Beckmann with the Directorate of Public Works Natural Resources Branch. For example, anyone selected for a 2016 Wisconsin spring turkey-hunting permit is not eligible to apply for a 2016 Fort McCoy spring turkey-hunting permit. Individuals who are selected for a Wisconsin spring turkey-hunting permit normally receive notification by early February.

Applicants selected for a Fort McCoy spring turkey permit will be compared with the WDNR spring turkey winner list and removed from the Fort McCoy selection if selected for a state permit. All hunters who receive a Fort McCoy spring turkey-hunting permit also must purchase/possess the appropriate Wisconsin hunting license to include the 2016 spring turkey hunting license, senior citizen recreation card or conservation patron license, and turkey stamp if required by the state.

For more information, call the Permit Sales Office at 608-388-3337, or go online to the i-Sportsman website at


Brake-check auto workshop scheduled for Feb. 19

The Automotive Skills Center, building 1763, will host a brake-check workshop Friday, Feb. 19, from 1:30 to 9 p.m.

The do-it-yourself workshop is designed to check brakes for wear and, if needed, change brake pads and rotors (not supplied). It will also teach participants how to check brake fluid levels; brakes can be bled if necessary. Attendees must provide their own brake pads, rotors, and brake fluid. Automotive Skills Center staff will provide assistance as needed.

The workshop is open to eligible Automotive Skills Center patrons. No registration required. Regular fees apply. Participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, call 608-388-3013.


Pond hockey tournament set for Feb. 20 at ski hill

Whitetail Ridge Ski Area will host a three-on-three pond hockey tournament starting 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, weather permitting.

The tournament is double elimination and played with teams of three. All players must be at least 16 years old. Participants must bring their own skates, hockey sticks, and safety equipment. Helmets are required to play.

The event is open to the public. Register by Friday, Feb. 19. Register in person at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area; Pine View Campground; or Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

For more information, call 608-388-4498.


Special Mass set for Feb. 21

The Religious Support Office will have a special Mass Sunday, Feb. 21, to bring the Fort McCoy Catholic community under the patronage of St. Kateri Tekakwitha.

St. Kateri, also known as "The Lily of the Mohawks," is the first Native American woman to be recognized as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. The Most Rev. William Callahan, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of LaCrosse, will preside at the Mass.
Mass is at 9:30 a.m. at Chapel 10, building 1759. Brunch will be served at the Chapel Center, building 2675, after Mass.

For more information, call 608-388-3528.


ACS offers classes, counseling for Military Saves Week

Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111, is hosting several events in honor of Military Saves Week Feb. 22-27.

ACS will offer two classes, one on saving and investment from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, and one on saving and retirement from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Classes will be taught by Phyllis Onstad, a professional personal counselor, and Blonza Graves, a financial specialist with ACS. Onstad also will offer one-on-one counseling sessions from Feb. 22-27. Appointments are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Call 608-388-3540 to make an appointment.

Military Saves Week is an annual opportunity for installations and organizations to promote good saving behavior and a chance for service members and their Families to assess their own saving status. All events are open to active-duty service members, Family members, Army civilians, and retirees. Registration is required by the day of each class

Call 608-388-3540 for more information.


UPL training offered Feb. 22-26 at Fort McCoy

Unit Prevention Leader (UPL) training, offered through the Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) and 88th Regional Support Command, is scheduled for Feb. 22-26.

The course is required for newly assigned UPLs. Unit UPLs conduct drug-testing collections, provide alcohol and other illicit-drug awareness training, and assist their commanders as subject-matter experts in running and maintaining drug-testing and prevention programs. The course includes training on drugs and alcohol, biochemical testing, and substance-abuse prevention.

Other dates for fiscal year 2016 are April 18-22, June 20-24, July 25-29, and Aug. 15-19. The classes will be in building 1344 at the ASAP office. Class times will be sent to participants when registering. Soldiers should register at least a week before each class starts, but additional Soldiers will be accepted if space is still available.

To register, contact Michelle Bourman by phone at 608-388-5955 or by email at, or Gary Talbot by phone at 608-388-0457 or by email at


Instructor-training course planned March 1-3 at ACS

A three-day instructor-training course is set for March 1-3 at Army Community Service (ACS). The class is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 1-2 and 8 a.m. to noon March 3 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. Register by Tuesday, Feb. 23, by calling ACS at 608-388-3505.


Indoor driving range open through March 31

The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation opened an indoor driving range, which will be open through March 31.

Range hours are 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday in building 2695. Customers must have their own golf clubs and balls.

Passes cost $5 per hour. Passes must be purchased at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122. The range is open to eligible fitness center patrons. For more information, call 608-388-2290.


'Golden Ticket to Fitness' ends March 21 at Rumpel

Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122, 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 March 21, they can turn the cards in for a chance to win a $150 gift card.
For more information, call 608-388-2290.


Free online, phone tax services available to Soldiers, Families

Service members and their Families can get free tax consultations by phone and tax-filing software online through Military OneSource at

The Department of Defense has teamed up, as in previous years, with H&R Block to offer the free tax services. Military OneSource tax consultants are available 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week through April 15 by calling 800-342-9647. After April 15, the consultants can be reached from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The software is self-paced and walks users through a series of questions to help them to prepare their returns. Those eligible for the Military OneSource tax services include National Guard members and active-duty and reserve members of the Army, Air Force, Marines, and Navy. Immediate Family members of those eligible and nonremarried survivors from any era also can use the services. Military members who retired or were discharged honorably are eligible up to 180 days after leaving the service.

For more information about tax services and eligibility, call 800-342-9647 or go online to