Fort McCoy News Nov. 25, 2016

News Notes

Fort Family Outreach and Support telephone number changes

U.S. Army Reserve Family Programs (ARFP) is updating the Fort Family Outreach and Support Center services telephone number to 1-844-ONE-FAMY.

The number is scheduled to go live Dec. 1, continuing to connect Soldiers and Families with the right service at the right time.
While maintaining the same 24/7/365 availability to resources, the Fort Family Outreach and Support Center services' update to the new 1-844-ONE-FAMY may allow for easier memorization and retention.

The number change will not affect access to services, and Families and Soldiers are encouraged to continue to call for program questions, during crisis, and for general information.

ARFP is focused on enhancing the readiness and resilience of Army Reserve Soldiers, Family members, command teams, and civilians. ARFP responds to, connects, refers, and provides resources in the communities of the geographically dispersed Army Reserve Family, including those called to active duty.

Programs, services, and opportunities encompassed in ARFP include, but are not limited to, the Fort Family Outreach and Support Center; Child, Youth and School Services; Survivor Outreach Services; Army Family Team Building; Army Family Action Plan; and training and volunteer opportunities.


Christmas Tree Lighting set for Dec. 1

Fort McCoy's annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be held Thursday, Dec. 1, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at McCoy's Community Center, building 1571.

The free event is open to Fort McCoy Soldiers, employees, and their Families.

Activities will include carols sung by the Fort McCoy Child and Youth Services youth; crafts and activities for children; photos with Santa; door prizes; and Santa's Gift Shop (all gifts $1).

For more information, call the Directorate of Morale, Welfare, and Recreation at 608-388-3200.


Army Community Service hosts wood-shop workshops

Army Community Service (ACS) is planning several wood-shop workshops.

Planned projects and dates include:

• pallet holiday tree — 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, or 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6.

• wooden pens — 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, or 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017.

All materials and instructions are provided at the workshop.

Class sizes are limited, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Earlier start times are available for Families in the Exceptional Family Member Program.

ACS events open to military members, retirees, civilian workers, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.
Registration is required one week prior to each class.

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


ACS play group set for Dec. 6

Army Community Service's (ACS) "Connect the Tots" play group is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at building 2161.

The play group is designed to help strengthen each child's cognitive, physical, and creative selves and promote social-emotional skill building.

Call ACS at 608-388-2412.


Breakfast with Santa scheduled for Dec. 10

Children can enjoy eating breakfast with Santa Claus Saturday, Dec. 10, at South Post Community Center.
Scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, juice, and coffee will be served.

Breakfast costs $7 for diners age 6 and older and $3 for diners age 5 and younger. Children also will have the chance to meet Santa and let him know what they want for Christmas.

Reservations are required by Tuesday, Dec. 6. The event is open to all Fort McCoy community members.

For more information, call 608-388-2065.


Suicide-prevention training scheduled for Dec. 12-13

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 12-13 at the Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) in building 1344.

ASIST is for people who want to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide-prevention networks in the community.

Participants will learn to recognize and assess the potential risk of suicide, keep an at-risk person safe until help arrives, reach out and offer support, and link people with resources.

The training is intended for people who are gatekeepers.

For an explanation of a gatekeeper and whether the training is appropriate for a particular group, call the ASAP office at 608-388-2441. Registration is required by Monday, Dec. 5. For more information, call 608-388-2441.


ACS offers courses for command readiness

Army Community Service (ACS) can assist commanders in maintaining readiness of individuals, Families, and communities within the Army by developing, coordinating, and delivering services that promote self-reliance, resiliency, and stability during war and peace.

Commanders who would like ACS to facilitate training or conduct a briefing can complete a request form available on the Fort McCoy MWR website,

Allow a minimum of four weeks prior to an event for training to be coordinated.

Contact ACS at 608-388-3505 for more information, or stop by building 2111.


Indoor driving range now open in building 1676

The Indoor Driving Range is now open in building 1676.

Range hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday through April 6, 2017. Customers must use their own golf clubs and balls.
A 60-minute session costs $5, or a 10-session pass is available for $30. Patrons also may purchase a season pass for $50.

Participants also may store clubs at the indoor range for $15 per month or $50 for the season. Passes can be purchased at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122, or at the range (cash only). The range is open to authorized Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons. For more information, call 608-388-2290.


2017 memberships available for Sportsman's Range

Fort McCoy's Sportsman's Range is now selling 2017 season passes.

Membership benefits comprise discounts on range events, leagues, and courses; no daily range fees; reduced rental rates; preference on member-designated lanes; reduced fees on federal firearms license transfers; and access to the archery range outside of normal operating hours.

For more information on the rates and who qualifies as an authorized patron, call Pine View Campground at 608-388-3517.


Commissary rewards card offers more ways to save

Introduced just four years ago, the Commissary Rewards Card's popularity with patrons is only growing with more than 1 million active users, according to the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) officials.

"The fact that we passed the 1 million mark in registered users is testament to the popularity of digital coupons," said Marye Dobson, manager of DeCA's Commissary Rewards Card program.

"We work with our industry partners to provide our patrons with the type of digital coupons they want most. The commissary rewards card goes that extra step and saves patrons even more on top of their commissary benefit." For more information about the Fort McCoy Commissary, call 608-388-3542 or visit building 1537.


Use commissary gift cards to support troops, Families

During the holidays, installation units and organizations can use the commissary benefit to extend the gift of groceries to service members in need or military Families overseas.

The commissary gift card program allows Families at home, friends, industry partners, and charitable organizations to quickly and easily show support or even introduce the commissary benefit to a junior Soldier.

Units or Family support agencies purchasing these cards can ensure that every member of the team gets a chance at a home-cooked meal during the holidays. For more information about gift cards, go online to

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


Next issue of The Real McCoy

The next issue of The Real McCoy will be published Friday, Dec. 9. The deadline for submissions to be considered for that issue is noon Wednesday, Nov. 30.

For more information, call 608-388-2407.