Fort McCoy News Dec. 9, 2016

News Notes

Gate 20 hours reduced through Jan. 31

Gate 20 will be closed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Thursday, Dec. 22.

The gate will be closed 24/7 from Friday, Dec. 23, through Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. All traffic should use alternate electronic gates and the Main Gate.

From Jan. 9-31, the gate will be closed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Normal hours of operation will resume Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Electronic signs will be posted along Highway 21 alerting the public that Gate 20 is closed during the affected periods and to use the Main Gate.

For more information, call 608-388-2266.


Frosty Foot Race set for Dec. 14

The Frosty Foot Race is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1121.

The competition is a 3-mile indoor run on treadmills. The fastest male and female runners will receive prizes.

The competition is open to all fitness center patrons. There is no fee, but participants are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to donate.

Participants are asked to preregister for a time slot between 5 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14. For more information, call 608-388-3200.


Action Video Challenge begins Dec. 31 at Whitetail

Fort McCoy's Whitetail Ridge Ski Area is holding an Action Video Challenge beginning Saturday, Dec. 31. The challenge is free and open to the public.

Participants will capture a snowboarding, skiing, or snowboarding video taken at the ski hill and post it to Whitetail Ridge's Facebook page at with the hashtag #whitetailactioncam.

Videos posted without the hashtag will not be considered.

Videos must be posted by midnight Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, to the Whitetail Facebook page. The winner will be announced during the End of Season Party March 11. For more information about the challenge or Whitetail Ridge Ski Area, call 608-388-4498.


Ticket to Fitness starts Jan. 3

"Ticket to Fitness" will be offered Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, through Monday, Feb. 27.

The fitness center will sell $25 tickets to fitness, which can be redeemed for 20 fitness classes, normally $3 each. If patrons use all 20 classes before Monday, Feb. 27, they can turn in the cards for a chance to win a $150 gift card.

For more information, call 608-388-2290.


Army Digital Photography Contest accepting submissions

The Army is hosting its annual Digital Photography Contest to showcase the creative and artistic talents of the military community.

The contest, run by U.S. Army Installation Management Command's G9 Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Directorate, is open to active-duty military members and MWR authorized patrons including Families, retirees, and Department of the Army civilians.

Contest entries will be accepted until Jan. 31, 2017.

According to the website, the contest encourages novices and accomplished photographers to "capture their favorite views, moments and adventures from all across the world."

Participants can submit photos for the following categories: animals, design elements, digital darkroom, military life, nature and landscapes, people, and still life. Participants may enter up to three photos per category at the garrison level.

All categories include monochrome and color photographs.

Prizes are $300 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place.

In 2015, there were more than 2,500 entries in the Army Digital Photography Contest. The entries represented 58 installations and included contestants from the Army National Guard, Army Reserve, and non-Army installations.

Participants may submit entries online at the contest website, For Fort McCoy-specific instructions and additional information, call MWR Marketing at 608-388-7400.


2 new apps offer access to worldwide IG database

Two new free mobile applications offer access to more than 500 Army reference materials and a worldwide database of Army Inspector General (IG) offices.

The IG Locator app is a digital directory that contains phone numbers and street addresses for Army IG offices both in the United States and overseas.

The DAIG Bookshelf is a searchable database that offers users quick access to more than 500 publicly available Army materials — regulations and other documents — that are often referenced by inspectors general as part of their duties.

The IG Locator and DAIG Bookshelf apps are vailable via the iTunes App Store.


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.


Commissary reward 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.


Army Community Service hosts wood-shop workshop

Army Community Service (ACS) is hosting a Family workshop.

Participants can make wooden pens from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, or 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4. 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.


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.


Pine View Campground offers specials for 2017 season

Pine View Campground has set its specials for 2017.

Campers who stay Friday and Saturday can get Sunday night free. The offer is valid only on campsites and is not valid Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, or concert weekends.

In March and April, guests who book a cabin for two consecutive nights can get the second night for half price. Guests who reserve cabins from December 2016 through March 2017 can get up to eight free tubing passes to Whitetail Ridge Ski Area, one for each person staying in the cabin.

Only one special can be applied per reservation. For more information or to request a special, call 800-531-4703.


2017 memberships available for Sportsman's Range

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

Membership benefits include 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.

For additional information about outdoor activities through the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR), go online to the DFMWR web page at


Final issue of The Real McCoy for 2016

This issue of The Real McCoy is the final issue for 2016.

The next issue of the newspaper will be published Jan. 13, 2017. The deadline for submissions for the Jan. 13 issue is noon Jan. 4.

For more information about newspaper publication dates and deadlines for 2017, click here, or call Fort McCoy Public Affairs at 608-388-2407.