Fort McCoy News Aug. 12, 2016

News Notes

Veterans benefits, job fair planned Aug. 16 in La Crosse

A veterans benefits and job fair will be held Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Viterbo University Nursing Center in La Crosse, Wis.

The event is hosted by the Tomah Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center and Viterbo University. The event features free health screenings for veterans and information about education, Social Security, eligibility for state and federal VA benefits, employment opportunities, housing, Tomah VA programs, and job assistance.

A workshop is offered from 3:30-5:30 p.m. to help employers understand what veterans experience during deployments, what PTSD is, and the effects of combat stress. A town hall with acting Tomah VA Medical Center Director Victoria Brahm will start at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, call Lee Pingel at 608-372-3971, ext. 61241.


Family ice-cream social planned Aug. 17 at South Post

Friends and Spouses of Fort McCoy will host a Family ice-cream social Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 6-8 p.m. at Patriot Park in South Post Family Housing.

The event is intended as a meet-and-greet prior to school starting again for the fall. It is open to Department of the Army civilian and military Families. Registration is not required.

Army Community Service and Child, Youth, and School Services will have booths set up offering information on their services. USO Wisconsin will provide ice cream and toppings.

For more information, call Carrie Olson at 608-388-2412.


Beer & Cheese Fest set for Aug. 18 at McCoy's

Beer & Cheese Fest is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 18, at 6 p.m. at McCoy's Community Center, building 1571.

The event features Wisconsin-made beer and cheese. Pearl Street Brewery of La Crosse will sell craft beers, while Carr Valley Cheese Co. of La Valle will provide cheese samples. Cheese also will be available for purchase.

Door prizes also will be given away, including two tickets to the Aug. 20 concert at Fort McCoy's Constitution park featuring ZZ Top. For more information about the concert, call 877-864-4969.

The event is open to members of the Fort McCoy community. Call 608-388-7060 for more information.


Opening act announced for ZZ Top concert

Jonny Two Bags of Social Distortion will be the opening act for the Saturday, Aug. 20, Army Concert featuring ZZ Top at Fort McCoy's Constitution Park.

Gregg Allman also was scheduled but had to cancel because of health concerns. Replacement talent is being sought and will be announced as soon as possible.

A product of Southern California, Jonny Two Bags already had put together a formidable punk rock resume before joining Social Distortion. He co-founded the Orange County band Cadillac Tramps, cutting three albums with the group, and subsequently recorded and toured with L.A. punk unit Youth Brigade as well as pro skateboarder Duane Peters' U.S. Bombs.

Jonny Two Bags, a.k.a. Jonny Wickersham, co-wrote several songs for Social Distortion's albums "Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll" (2004) and "Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes" (2011). He said, "I've always been a sideman, so I usually write songs with the hope that the singer will like what I've written, take it, tweak it, and maybe add some verses of his own."

Concert tickets cost $50 until Aug. 19. Day-of-show tickets cost $60. At Fort McCoy, tickets can be purchased at Pine View Campground, building 8053, and McCoy's Community Center, building 1571.

Tickets also can be purchased at the Market Bar and Fox Hole Pub in Sparta, Ace Hardware in Tomah and La Crosse, Festival Foods in Onalaska, online at, or by calling 877-864-4969.

The concert is coordinated by the Fort McCoy Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. For more information, call the Concert Hotline at 877-864-4969.


3-on-3 basketball tournament scheduled for Aug. 24

A three-on-three basketball tournament is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 4:30 p.m. at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

Players may sign up individually or as teams of three. Individual players will be assigned to teams. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team members. Registration is required by Tuesday, Aug. 16. The event is open to eligible fitness center patrons.

For more information, call 608-388-2290.


Commemorative Area open Aug. 26, Sept. 9 to walk-in visitors

The Fort McCoy Commemorative Area will be open for walk-in visitors from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. 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 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 visitor passes, call the VCC at 608-388-4988.

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


3-gun shoot set for Aug. 27 at Sportsman's Range

A three-gun shoot for Saturday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.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. 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.

For more information, call 608-388-9162.


Local bands to play Aug. 27 at McCoy's Community Center

McCoy's Community Center, building 1571, will host two local bands Saturday, Aug. 27, from 7-11 p.m. Black-Out Drive and Two Ton Anvil will play. Tickets cost $8. Tickets can be purchased at McCoy's Community Center. Food and drink specials will be available. The concert is open to the public.

For more information, call 608-388-2065.


Retiree Appreciation Day set for Sept. 9

Retiree Appreciation Day will be held at Fort McCoy Friday, Sept. 9, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Retirees from all branches of the armed forces and their Family members/guests are eligible to attend to receive updated information about retiree entitlement programs.

Sign-in starts at 7 a.m. in building 905. Registration is required by Friday, Sept. 2. The registration form, available online at, contains detailed information about the event. For more information about the event, call 800-452-0923.

Valid photo identification is required to access the installation on the day of the event. For more information about identification, call the Visitor Control Center at 608-388-4988.

For more information about military retiree support at Fort McCoy, call 608-388-3716.


Commissary case-lot sale set for Sept. 9-10

The Fort McCoy Commissary's case-lot sale is scheduled for Sept. 9-10.

The sale features savings on a variety of items, including bulk buys of cereals, breakfast bars, chips, beverages, and paper goods. The commissary also will provide coupons for products inside the store.

Commissary shoppers can find out about sales and promotions by visiting the website at

For more information about the Fort McCoy Commissary, visit building 1537 or call 608-388-3542.


'What's Your Green Dot?' scheduled for Sept. 19-22

"What's Your Green Dot?" — a class on violence-prevention strategies — is scheduled for Sept. 19-22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Green Dot campaign is based on the idea that peer influence often predicts behavior. In instances of harmful or violent words, actions, or behaviors, each person has a choice to ignore or accept (a red dot) or intervene to address it (a green dot).

Army Community Service events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. Registration is required by Thursday, Aug. 25.

For more information, call 608-388-8951.


Lunchtime Bible study offered Wednesdays at RSO

A lunchtime Bible study will be offered Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through September at the Religious Support Office, building 2675.

Topics will vary weekly, and active discussion is encouraged. Lunch will be provided by the Religious Support Office. Participants do not need to attend all sessions. Advance registration is not required.

For more information, call Sgt. Joshua Beyer at 608-388-3542.


School liaison officer available to help Families

The new school year is just around the corner, and parents looking for assistance with local schools can contact the Fort McCoy school liaison officer.

The school liaison officer helps military parents and students who want more information about local school districts and other educational opportunities.

The school liaison officer's mission is to reduce the effects of the mobile, military lifestyle on a child's education by providing resources, support, and tools for both parents and children to be successful.

The school liaison officer also can serve as a communication link between the installation and the surrounding school districts and can facilitate smooth school transitions and provide a wide range of services and information. The school liaison officer provides support services for schools within 50 miles of Fort McCoy.

For more information, call School Liaison Officer Becky Walley at 608-388-6814.


Equal Opportunity facts

On July 9, 1947, Florence Blanchfield became the first woman in U.S. history to hold permanent military rank when Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed her a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. Blanchfield had been a member of the Army Nurse Corps since 1917 and served as superintendent of the Army Nurse Corps during World War II.

In 2013, there were 19.6 million military veterans in the United States. Of these, 1.6 million were women.


Next issue of The Real McCoy

The next issue of The Real McCoy is Friday, Aug. 26. Deadline for submissions to be considered for that issue is noon Wednesday, Aug. 17.

For more information, call 608-388-2407.

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