Fort McCoy News June 10, 2016

News Notes

U.S. Army Garrison Fort McCoy launches social-media pages

U.S. Army Garrison Fort McCoy has launched social-media pages on Facebook and Twitter.

The Facebook page is located at The Twitter page is located at

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


DOD launches

Families at Fort McCoy will gain access Thursday, June 23, to a new Department of Defense (DOD) website designed to simplify and improve the child care request-for-care process. provides a single online gateway for Families to access military-operated or military-subsidized child care options worldwide across all services. The site allows Families to create a household profile, conduct child care searches, submit requests for care, and manage their requests at any time and from any location.

The new DOD site — which is being introduced worldwide in phases — offers a more streamlined approach to finding and requesting care, expedites placement through a standardized request process and waitlist management tools, and provides reports that help programs better plan for future placement needs.

Through, eligible Families can search and request care for full-day and part-day options in facility-based and home-based programs for children from birth through age 12. Families may remain on a preferred program's waitlist even after being offered care or enrolling in another program.

Families at Fort McCoy who are currently on waitlists will be transitioned automatically to the new Web-based system. These Families will retain the original date of their requests for care, and all program-enrollment processes will remain the same.

For more information about MCC, call 608-388-8956 or email or


Courtyard Concert Series begins June 10 at McCoy's

McCoy's Community Center, building 1571, will host a Courtyard Concert Series throughout the summer with the first concert set for Friday, June 10, from 7-11 p.m.

The series features area bands. Honey and Rust will play June 10. Forever No More, Remedy, and Bad Trip Moses will play Friday, July 15. Black-Out Drive, Two Ton Anvil, and Straight Jacket will play Friday, Aug. 26.

Tickets cost $8 per show or $16 for all three shows. Tickets can be purchased at McCoy's Community Center. Food and drink specials will be available at every show.

The concerts are open to the public.

For more information, call 608-388-2065.


Tactical-shotgun event scheduled 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.


'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.


Dodgeball tournament scheduled for June 15

A dodgeball tournament is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15, at 4:30 p.m. at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

The tournament is single-elimination three-game matches. Teams should have five people. Prizes will be awarded to the first-place team.

The tournament is open to eligible fitness center patrons who are at least 18 years old. Call 608-388-2290 for more information or to register.


Summer Play Group scheduled June 15 at Army Community Service

Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111, will host three summer play groups, with the first one scheduled for Wednesday, June 15, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

The play groups are for parents with children 5 years old or younger. The sessions are intended to help strengthen each child's cognitive, physical, and creative selves and to promote social and emotional skill building.

Two additional play groups will be held Wednesday, July 13, and Wednesday, Aug. 17.

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

For more information or to register, call 608-388-3505.


Veterinary clinics set 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.


UPL training offered June 20-24 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 June 20-24.

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.
Remaining fiscal year 2016 classes are scheduled for 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


ZZ Top, Gregg Allman concert: Ticket sales kick off June 24

Ticket sales kick off Friday, June 24, for the Saturday, Aug. 20, Army Concert at Constitution Park featuring ZZ Top and Gregg Allman.

Tickets cost $40 June 24. Tickets will be available at Kwik Trip locations in Sparta (Black River Street), Tomah (West McCoy Boulevard by KFC), Onalaska (Highway 16 and Highway 35/Oak Forest Drive), and La Crosse (Rose Street) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and online at all day. The MWR hotline, 877-864-4969, will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Starting June 25, tickets will cost $50. Day-of-show tickets will cost $60.

For more information about the concert, call 877-864-4969.


MWR golf tournament tees off June 24

The Fort McCoy Golf Tournament is scheduled for Friday, June 24, at 11 a.m. at Holiday Lodge Golf Resort near Wyeville, Wis.

Participants will play in teams of four. At least one member of each team must be an active, Reserve, or retired military member; Family member; Department of Defense (DOD) civilian; commercial sponsor; or Fort McCoy DOD contract employee.

Registration costs $35 per player and includes a steak dinner, drink ticket, hole competitions, and door prizes. Green and cart fees are not included.

Participants may register online at or at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122. Registration fees are nonrefundable and due by June 10.

For more information, call 608-388-3200.


Tug-of-war competition set for July 13 at fitness center

A tug-of-war competition is set for Wednesday, July 13, at 4:30 p.m. at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

The tournament is double elimination, and teams need to have at least six people. Gloves and proper athletic shoes must be worn Prizes will be awarded to the first-place team.

The tournament is open to eligible fitness center patrons. Call 608-388-2290 for more information or to register.


Sportsman's Range 3-gun shoot scheduled for July 16

A three-gun shoot is scheduled for Saturday, July 16, at 9:50 a.m. at Sportsman's Range.

The competition consists of three courses on the pistol, shotgun, and rifle ranges in four divisions: open, tactical scoped, tactical irons, and heavy metal. Scores are based on time and accuracy. A prize will be awarded to the top shooter in each division. Firearms are available for rent at the range. Rented firearms must use ammunition purchased from Sportsman's Range. Suppressors and short-barreled rifles are not allowed.

Entry fees are $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers before the day of the event, and $30 for nonmembers the day of the event. Register at Sportsman's Range during regular business hours or from 9-9:45 a.m. the day of the event.

Additional three-gun shooting competitions are scheduled for Aug. 13, Sept. 16, and Oct. 15. Sportsman's Range events are open to eligible range patrons. Contact the range at 608-388-9162 about eligibility or for more information.


Kickball tournament planned July 20 at fitness center

A kickball tournament is planned for Wednesday, July 20, at 4:30 p.m. at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

Teams should have five people and may be coed. Games will consist of seven innings. Prizes will be awarded to the two top teams.

The tournament is open to eligible fitness center patrons who are at least 18 years old. Call 608-388-2290 for more information or to register.


Military Star card helps Exchange contribute to military programs

Soldiers who use their Military Star cards at Army & Air Force Exchange Service facilities help reduce credit-card processing expenses and ultimately improve their military communities.

During fiscal 2015, bank-issued credit-card processing expenses at the Fort McCoy Exchange facilities cost the military community more than $274,157. When shoppers use their Military Star cards, however, the Exchange avoids these costly fees.

"A significant portion of earnings generated from the Military Star card is returned to military communities to fund quality-of-life programs," said Fort McCoy Exchange Store Manager Jordan Flint. "Avoiding costly merchant and bank fees allows us to return an even greater amount to the military community."

Over the last 10 years, the Exchange Credit Program overall has returned $639 million to quality-of-life programs worldwide.

The Military Star card is accepted at Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard exchange facilities and online at

Cardholders receive benefits such as a 10.49 percent interest rate; no annual, late, or over-limit fees; 10 percent off first-day purchases; 10 percent off Exchange food court purchases; 5-cents-per-gallon savings at Exchange gas stations; free standard shipping at; and a rewards program.

For more information, shoppers can visit For more information about the Fort McCoy Exchange, call 608-388-4343.


Next issue of The Real McCoy

The next issue of The Real McCoy is Friday, June 24.

Deadline for submissions to be considered for that issue is noon Wednesday, June 15.

For more information, call 608-388-2407.