Fort McCoy News Feb. 24, 2017

News Notes

'Connect the Tots' play group scheduled for Feb. 28

Army Community Service's "Connect the Tots" play group is scheduled for 9:30 to 11 a.m. Feb. 28 at building 2161.

The play group is designed to help strengthen each child's cognitive awareness, physical ability, and creativity and to help promote social-emotional skill building. Through play, transitions, circle time, songs, activities, and informal conversations, parents learn about developmental ages and stages, gain tools to help understand their children's behavior, and become empowered to prepare the Family and children to enter school ready to learn.

Additional play groups are scheduled for March 14 and 28, April 11 and 25, and May 9 and 23. Army Community Service events are open to military members, retirees, civilians, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. For more information or to register, call 608-388-2412.

AER campaign kick-off set for March 1

The annual Army Emergency Relief campaign Kick-Off Breakfast is scheduled for 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. March 1 at McCoy's Community Center, building 1571. The event will provide information on Army Emergency Relief and kick-start fundraising. For more information or to register, call 608-388-3540.

Fort McCoy hosts Wake Up Call exhibit

Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program will host the Wake Up Call exhibit through 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. 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

Suicide-prevention training scheduled for March 6-7

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, or ASIST, is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 6-7 at Army Community Service, building 2111.

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. Registration is required by March 1.

For an explanation of a gatekeeper, whether the training is appropriate for a particular group, or to register, call the Army Substance Abuse Program office at 608-388-2441.

Brake-check workshop scheduled for March 10

A brake-check workshop is scheduled for 1:30 to 9 p.m. March 10 at the Automotive Skills Center, building 1763.

Brake Check is a hands-on, do-it-yourself workshop designed to check brakes for wear, instruct how to change brake pads and rotors, and how to check brake-fluid levels.

The bay fee is $4 per hour; there are no additional fees for the workshop. Participants must supply their own brake pads, rotors, brake fluid, and rags.

The workshop is open to eligible patrons of the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. No advance registration is required, and participation will be on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, call 608-388-3013.

Early registration ends March 10 for Mud Assault

Early registration ends March 10 for the June 10 Mud Assault at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area.

The Fort McCoy Mud Assault race is about 5 kilometers and features more than 25 obstacles and mud pits. The Mud Assault is challenging for both amateurs and skilled athletes. Heats begin at 10 a.m. A children's race is also held at 9 a.m.

After the race, food, beverages, and entertainment will be available. This event is open to the public and starts and ends at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area near Fort McCoy.

Early registration costs $20 for military members, Department of Defense civilians, and Family members; $30 for members of the public; and $10 for children. Register online at

Prices will increase May 27 and again June 10, so register early for the best price.

For more information, call 800-531-4703 or visit

'Maintaining positivity' class scheduled for March 14, 28

Two sessions of "Maintaining Positivity in a Challenging Work Environment" will be offered in March at Army Community Service, building 2111. Maintaining enthusiasm and a positive attitude is not an overnight process. The class teaches strategies for building and maintaining a positive mental attitude in the workplace.

The class is offered 9 to 10:30 a.m. March 14 or 1 to 2:30 p.m. March 28. Registration is required by March 10 and 24 respectively.

Army Community Service events are open to military members, retirees, civilians, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. For more information, call 608-388-6712.

Hunter Education Class starts March 20

Fort McCoy will host a Wisconsin Hunter Education Class starting March 20.

The course will be taught by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR)-certified instructors. Successful participants will receive hunter education certificates required to purchase Wisconsin hunting licenses.

Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1973, must complete a hunter education course and show the certificate to purchase any hunting license in Wisconsin, unless he or she is hunting under the hunting mentorship program or can show proof of successfully completing basic training in the U.S. armed forces, reserves, or National Guard.

The course will consist of six classroom sessions and a field day. Attendance is required at all sessions to receive a hunter education certificate. The classroom sessions will be 6 to 8:30 p.m. March 20, 21, 23, 27, 28, and 30 at the Directorate of Public Works Natural Resources Branch, building 2168. The field day will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 1 at Fort McCoy's Sportsman's Range.

The course is open to military members, Fort McCoy civilian employees, and their dependents. Class size is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is required.

A $10 WDNR fee will be collected at the first classroom session. Each student also must provide a WDNR customer number.
Customer numbers can be obtained at, by calling WDNR customer service at 888-936-7463, or by visiting a WDNR service center during business hours.

For more information or to register for the course, call the Permit Sales Office at 608-388-3337.

Armed Forces Day Open House set for May 20

The annual Fort McCoy Armed Forces Day Open House will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 20.

This Family-friendly event is free and open to the public. The installation's Commemorative Area will serve as the hub of activity for this event and will showcase the History Center, five World War II-era buildings, Equipment Park, and Veterans Memorial Plaza.

Planned activities include guided installation bus tours, a sandbag-filling station, personalized ID tags, camouflage face painting, military equipment displays, and much more.

Guests must enter the installation through Gate 15 off Highway 21 between Sparta and Tomah, Wis. Adults must be prepared to present photo identification.

For more information about the event, call 608-388-2407.

Ticket kick-off scheduled June 22 for 2017 Army Concert

The ticket kick-off sale will be June 22 for the Aug. 12 Army Concert featuring Toby Keith.

Tickets will cost $45 on June 22 only. The prices will increase after that date. Kick-off sale locations and times — in addition to opening acts — will be announced at a later date.

For updates about the concert, visit or follow the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation on Facebook at

Pine View Campground offers 2017 specials

Pine View Campground is offering several specials during 2017.

Stay Friday and Saturday at a campsite and get Sunday night free. The offer is not valid on concert and holiday weekends and applies only to campsites. During March and April, visitors can get half off a second night in a cabin. The offer is only good for consecutive nights.

From December until March 2018, visitors who rent a two-night cabin stay can get free tubing passes for up to eight people.
Pine View Campground is open year-round to the public. For more information or to make reservations, call 800-531-4703 or visit

Next issue of The Real McCoy

The next issue of The Real McCoy will be published March 10. Deadline for submissions to be considered for that issue is noon March 1. For more information, call 608-388-2407.