Fort McCoy News Feb. 10, 2017

News notes

Discounted bowling offered Thursdays in February

McCoy's Community Center will offer discounted bowling from 4 to 9 p.m. every Thursday in February.

Bowling, shoe rental, nachos, french fries, and small sodas cost only $1 each during Dollar Nights.

For more information, call 608-388-7060.

McCoy's Community Center offers Valentine deal

McCoy's Community Center will offer the "Sweetheart Deal" on Feb. 13 in celebration of Valentine's Day.

The package deal consists of three games of bowling; shoe rental; a large, single-topping pizza; and a pitcher of soda for $25.

The deal is available from 4 to 9 p.m. Feb. 13. For more information, call 608-388-7060.

Class on substance abuse offered Feb. 21 at ACS

A class on dealing with substance abuse in the workplace is scheduled for 9 to 1:30 a.m. Feb. 21 at Army Community Service, building 2111.

Substance abuse in the workplace affects safety, morale, and productivity in an organization. The class teaches supervisors and managers the do's and don'ts of dealing with this problem.

Supervisors who attend this training will satisfy the fiscal year 2017 annual substance training requirement.

Registration is required by Feb. 14. Call 608-388-6712.

Pickleball tournament planned Feb. 22

A pickleball tournament is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

Pickleball is a combination of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two people can play on a team. The top team will win a prize.

Registration is required by Feb. 17. The event is open to eligible patrons of the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation.

For more information, call 608-388-2290.

Budgeting class scheduled for Feb. 28

A budgeting class is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 28 at Army Community Service, building 2111.

The class will explore the use of budgets, goals and financial statements; identify the essential elements of a budget; and recognize financial aspects unique to the military lifestyle.

The class is open to military members, retirees, civilian workers, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.

Registration is required by Feb. 20. Call 608-388-3540.

Fort McCoy hosts Wake Up Call exhibit

Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program will host the Wake Up Call exhibit from Feb. 21 to March 2.

Wake Up Call is a life-size exhibit of a bedroom with more than 20 "red flags" that can signal drug or alcohol abuse. It identifies spots where drugs may be hidden, household items that can be used as drug paraphernalia, and ways to cover up drug and alcohol abuse. The goal is to teach parents and other adults what seemingly innocent items and signs can be indicators of substance abuse.

Presentations will be held 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. Feb. 21; 1 to 2 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. Feb. 22; 8 to 9 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m., and 1 to 2 p.m. Feb. 23; 10 to 11 a.m. Feb. 24; 9 to 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon Feb. 27; 10 to 11 a.m. Feb. 28; 10 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. March 1; and 11 a.m. to noon March 2 in building 905.

Participants are asked to arrive at least five minutes before a presentation begins.

The presentation counts for one hour of fiscal year 2017 Army substance-abuse training. It is open only to adults. Registration is encouraged but not required.

For more information or to register for a session, call 608-388-5955 or email

Storm-spotter training offered March 2 at McCoy

Fort McCoy Emergency Management will host National Weather Service storm-spotter training at 6:30 p.m. March 2 in building 2954.

The free training will last approximately two hours.

Registration is required by Feb. 24. For more information or to register, email

Snow Fort Build-Off set for March 4 at ski area

A snow-fort building contest will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 4 at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area.

Forts will be judged in five categories: height, size, safety, best in show, and ugly duckling.

Register at the ski hill the day of the event. For more information, call 608-388-4498.

Free tax software, support available for military, Families

Service members and their Families can access free tax-filing software and consultations to help them navigate the task of submitting their annual taxes.

Military members and their Families can visit or call 800-342-9647 for the no-cost MilTax software. MilTax allows users to submit a federal return and up to three state tax returns.

Tax consultants are available via phone through Military OneSource. In-person tax filing assistance can be accessed at military installations at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance location. The tax consultants can inform eligible users about the unique tax benefits available to service members and their Families.

Those eligible for MilTax include members of the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, and National Guard. Coast Guardsmen serving under Title 10 authority are entitled to the services as well. Retired and honorably discharged members are authorized for up to 180 days past their separation. Spouses, dependent children, and survivors also are able to use the software.

The 2017 deadline to file taxes is April 18. For information about the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at Fort McCoy, call the Installation Legal Office at 608-388-4117.

Next issue of The Real McCoy

The next issue of The Real McCoy will be published Feb. 24.

Deadline for submissions to be considered for that issue is noon Feb. 14. For more information, call 608-388-2769/4128.