Fort McCoy News May 27, 2016

News Notes

Commemorative Area open June 3, 17 to walk-in visitors

The Fort McCoy Commemorative Area will be open for walk-in visitors from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, June 3, and Friday, June 17. Members of the public are welcome.

The Commemorative Area consists of the Equipment Park, five World War II-era buildings with historical displays, the History Center, and Veterans Memorial Plaza. The History Center and World War II-era buildings contain artifacts dating from Fort McCoy's inception in 1909 up to present day.

Members of the public must stop first at the Visitor Control Center (VCC), building 35, and present valid photo IDs to get a visitor's pass. To reach the VCC, take Highway 21 and enter Fort McCoy at the Main Gate. Turn into the VCC parking lot on the right before passing through the Main Gate.

For information on visitors' passes, call the Visitor Control Center at 608-388-4988.

Groups of 15 or more may schedule tours Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about the Commemorative Area and tours, call the Public Affairs Office at 608-388-2407.


Fort McCoy participating in Free Fishing Weekend June 4-5

Fort McCoy will participate in Wisconsin's Free Fishing Weekend, June 4-5.

No permits or licenses will be required to fish on Fort McCoy waters during Free Fishing Weekend. All Fort McCoy and Wisconsin fishing regulations, rules, lengths, and bag limits still will be in effect.

Anglers must call the game line at 866-277-1597 or access the i-Sportsman website at for information on lake closures due to military training. Fishing maps and regulations also are available on the website.

Approximately 15,000 rainbow trout were stocked in installation waters in late April. Squaw, Sandy, Big Sandy, and Stillwell lakes and Sparta and Swamp ponds received the fish.

For more information about fishing at Fort McCoy, visit the i-Sportsman website or call the Permit Sales Office at 608-388-3337.

For information about Wisconsin fishing regulations, visit


Federal-employment workshop planned June 9 at ACS

A federal-employment workshop is scheduled for Thursday, June 9, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Army Community Service, building 2111.

The workshop will cover the federal hiring process; careers in the federal government; how to read a job announcement; creating a federal resume; applying for and following up on jobs; the federal interview process; and federal hiring programs, including the Priority Placement Program for Military Spouses.

The class is intended for military spouses but is open to military members, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. Registration is required by Thursday, June 2.

For more information, call 608-388-3505.


Army Birthday celebration scheduled for June 10

Fort McCoy will celebrate the Army's Birthday Friday, June 10. Activities and specials are planned throughout the day.

The Garrison Commander's 5K Run begins at 7 a.m. at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122. Register at the fitness center by Thursday, June 9.

A free drive-thru breakfast will be available at McCoy's, building 1571, from 7 to 9 a.m. or while supplies last. Doughnuts, bagels, coffee, milk, and T-shirts will be featured.

The official cake-cutting ceremony will be at 11:30 a.m. at Constitution Park. Free lunch will be served until 1 p.m., or while supplies last. Free automatic car washes will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the MWR Car Wash.

Free bowling and shoe rental also will be available at Thunder Bowl Bowling Center, located inside McCoy's Community Center, building 1571, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All events and specials are open to the entire Fort McCoy community. For more information, call 608-388-3200.


Tactical-shotgun event set for June 11

A tactical-shotgun event is scheduled for Saturday, June 11, at 10 a.m. at Sportsman's Range.

The event is for shooters to practice tactical-shotgun skills. It will consist of two courses of fire of approximately 75 rounds each. Shooters will work on firearm handling and safety, malfunction drills, medium- and long-range shooting, transitioning between targets, and moving while shooting.

A prize will be awarded to the top shooter. Participants must be at least 13 years old.

The entry fee is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Participants must register by 9:45 a.m. June 11. The competition is open to eligible range patrons.

For more information, call 608-388-9162.


Family scrapbooking event planned June 11 at ACS

Army Community Service (ACS) is hosting monthly scrapbooking workshops for Families through July at building 2161. The next workshop is Saturday, June 11.

Materials will be provided to create two scrapbook pages centered on monthly themes. Participants are welcome to bring their own scrapbooks to work on during the event.

The remaining class is scheduled for Saturday, 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.


'Iron Dragon' cycling event set for June 14-17

The Iron Dragon Indoor Cycling Tour is scheduled for June 14-17 at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

Participants will compete for the fastest times for four straight days. Each day, the distance cycled will increase, starting with 14 miles on June 14, 15 miles on June 15, and so on. Prizes will be awarded to the participants with the fastest daily times and the fastest overall time. Participants must register by June 14. The competition is open to eligible fitness center patrons.

Call the fitness center at 608-388-2290 for more information or to register for a time slot.


Veterinary clinics scheduled for June 15-16

Walk-in pet vaccination clinics will be held Wednesday, June 15, and Thursday, June 16, at Fort McCoy.

The June 15 clinic will be from 1-6:30 p.m. at building 6158 on South Post. The June 16 clinic will be from 8-11:30 a.m. at building 806. The Great Lakes Veterinary Treatment Facility will provide services.

For dogs, the facility offers rabies, DAPP-L, bordetella, and Lyme disease vaccination; microchip implantation; flea, tick, and heartworm prevention; and heartworm/tick-borne disease and intestinal-parasite testing.

For cats, the facility offers rabies, FVRCP, and leukemia vaccines; microchip implantation; flea, tick, and heartworm prevention; and FIV/FeLV and intestinal-parasite testing.

Customers should bring vaccine records and a same-day stool sample for testing.

Only cash and check payments will be accepted. A price list is available online at The clinics are open to current military members, military retirees, and Family members with valid identification cards.

For more information or to pre-register a pet, call 847-688-5740, extension 4.


Intro to Love and Logic set for June 16

An "Introduction to Love and Logic" parenting class is scheduled for Thursday, June 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at South Post Community Center.

The class teaches parents key concepts about the "Love and Logic" way of raising children. The method teaches children how to own and solve the problems they create, enhances a child's self-concept, and shares control and decision-making with the child.

Participants must register by Thursday, June 9. ACS events are open to military members, civilian workforce, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.

Call ACS at 608-388-2412 for more information or to register.


Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month facts

Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month poster

U.S. Congress established May as Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in 1990.

• The fall of Saigon in 1975 started an exodus that would eventually see the resettlement of 900,000 Vietnamese refugees in the United States.

• The first Native Hawaiian to be awarded the Medal of Honor served during the Korean War. Pfc. Herbert K. Pilila'au of Waianae, Hawaii, received it posthumously for valor shown Sept. 17, 1951.

• Thousands of Japanese-Americans were involuntarily relocated to internment camps after the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

(Facts provided by garrison Equal Opportunity adviser.)


Next issue of The Real McCoy

The next issue of The Real McCoy is Friday, June 10. Deadline for submissions to be considered for that issue is noon Wednesday, June 1.

For more information, call 608-388-2407.