Fort McCoy News Feb. 26, 2016

News Notes

ACS offers parenting class focusing on teen years

Army Community Service (ACS) is hosting a parenting class Thursday, March 10, focusing on the teenage years from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at South Post Community Center, building 6158.

Jerry Nelson, a licensed marriage and Family therapist, will conduct the class. Nelson was a Military Family Life Counselor for more than seven years and served most recently as the regional director of psychological health for the 88th Regional Support Command. In these roles, he helped military personnel and their Families as they went through the mobilizing and reintegration cycle.

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


Family scrapbooking events planned monthly at ACS

Army Community Service (ACS) will host monthly scrapbooking workshops for Families through July at building 2161.

Materials will be provided to create two scrapbook pages centered on monthly themes. Families that attend three out of the five months will receive a free scrapbook for their pages. Participants are welcome to bring their own scrapbooks to work on during the event.

Classes are scheduled for March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, and July 9. Registration is required the Monday prior to each workshop. Class sizes are limited, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

ACS 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.


End-of-Season Party planned March 12 at ski area

Whitetail Ridge Ski Area's End-of-Season Party is scheduled for Saturday, March 12, from noon to 5 p.m.

The event will feature contests, a raffle, $1 food-and-drink specials, and more. Contests will include a broomball tournament, bubble gum-blowing contest, and food bingo. Activities will include a water-skim pond.

Participants may register for contests the day of the event at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area. The event is open to the public.

For more information, call 608-388-4498.


Wisconsin State Patrol recruiting troopers, inspectors

The Wisconsin State Patrol is recruiting troopers and inspectors for its next recruit class, which will begin training Oct. 2 and graduate April 7, 2017.

Wisconsin State Patrol cadets participate in a training scenario at Fort McCoy's Combined Arms Collective Training Facility during a past course.
Wisconsin State Patrol cadets train at
Fort McCoy during a past course.
File photo

Successful candidates will receive a salary plus meals and lodging while training weekdays at the State Patrol Academy at Fort McCoy.

Applicants must apply online at (search for 16-00076) by Monday, March 14.

While applying online, applicants will select preferred dates and locations for the required multiple-choice examination. A list of exam locations and times is available within the online job listing.

Applicants will be notified of exam results immediately. Applicants who previously tested must reapply and restart the process.

For more information about job qualifications, go online to


Basketball Hot Shots event scheduled for March 16

Basketball Hot Shots is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16, at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

Participants will attempt to shoot baskets from different areas of the court. The participant who makes the most shots will win a prize.

There is no fee to enter. Register the day of the competition at Rumpel Fitness Center. The competition is open to all eligible fitness center patrons.

For more information, call 608-388-2290.


Free-Throw Contest planned for March 17

A free-throw contest is scheduled for Thursday, March 17, at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

Prizes will be awarded to the contestant with the most points in a designated time period and the contest who makes the most consecutive shots.

There is no fee for the contest. Register the day of the competition at Rumpel Fitness Center. The competition is open to all eligible fitness center patrons.

For more information, call 608-388-2290.


Women's History Month event set for March 17 at McCoy's

Fort McCoy's observance of Women's History Month is scheduled for Thursday, March 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McCoy's Community Center, building 1571.

This year's theme is "Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government." The guest speaker is Maj. Gen. Marcia Anderson, the first African-American female two-star general in the Army Reserve.

For more information, call the Fort McCoy Equal Opportunity adviser at 608-388-6153.


Bystander intervention class scheduled for teens

Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) and Army Community Service (ACS) are offering a bystander intervention class for teenagers Monday, March 28, at 1 p.m. at the CYSS Teen Center, building 1792.

The class will teach teenagers how to stay safe while dating and help their friends stay safe. The class focuses on teaching respect, what healthy relationships look like, and what to do in real-life situations when words aren't working.

ACS events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.
Registration is required by Thursday, March 17. For more information or to register, call 608-388-2412/4373.


April Showers 5k set for April 13

The April Showers 5k Run/Walk is scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, at 2:30 p.m. in front of Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

The race is to raise awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Participants are encouraged to wear blue or teal.

The event is free and open to all authorized Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons. Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female runners and the top team. The Commander's Challenge Award will be given to the organization with the most registered participants.

Registrations is required by 2 p.m. April 13. For more information, call 608-388-3200.


UPL training offered April 18-22 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 April 18-22.

Unit UPLs conduct drug-testing collections, provide alcohol and other illicit-drug awareness training, and assist their commanders as subject-matter experts in maintaining drug-testing and prevention programs.

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 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


Wi-Fi, laptops available at McCoy's Community Center

Free Wi-Fi and laptop checkouts are offered at McCoy's Community Center, building 1571.

Laptops are available to all McCoy's patrons, but must be kept on premises. An ID is required to check out a laptop. For more information, call 608-388-7060.


Armed Forces Day Open House set for May 21

The annual Fort McCoy Armed Forces Day Open House event will be held Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This Family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

The installation's Commemorative Area will serve as the hub of activity for this event and will showcase the History Center, five World War II-era buildings, the Equipment Park, and Veterans Memorial Plaza. Planned activities include guided installation bus tours, a sandbag-filling station, personalized ID tags, camouflage face painting, military equipment displays, and much more.

Guests must enter the installation through Gate 15 off Highway 21 between Sparta and Tomah, Wis. Adults must be prepared to present photo identification.

For more information, call the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office at 608-388-2407.


Fort McCoy Exchange provides 'buddies' exclusive offers, savings

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service strives to make it easy for shoppers to exercise their benefits.

That's why the Fort McCoy Exchange brings exclusive offers directly to shoppers' inboxes every week when they sign up for the Exchange Buddy List. Shoppers who sign up will be among the first to find out about exclusive savings, promotions, events, and special offers at the Fort McCoy Exchange.

"Shoppers shouldn't have to hunt to find information on promotions and events at the Exchange," said Store Manager Jordan Flint. "That's why we provide a way for them to get the latest deals, direct from the source, with a minimum of fuss: Just sign up on our secure website and start getting weekly updates."

The Buddy List delivers emails about worldwide and local promotions to approximately 134,000 authorized Exchange shoppers.

Customers interested in receiving these messages can sign up at the Fort McCoy Exchange. For more information, stop by building 1538 or call 608-388-5604.


Legal notice of estate claims

Anyone having claims against the estate of Sgt. 1st Class Carlos M. Bothel, 1-338th Training Support Battalion, 181st Infantry Brigade, or knowing of assets belonging to Bothel should contact Summary Court Martial Officer Capt. Matt Robey at 608-388-4635.