Fort McCoy News March 10, 2017

News Notes

Set clocks forward March 12 for Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time starts at 2 a.m. March 12.

Remember to set clocks ahead one hour. This also is a good time to change batteries in smoke detectors, according to the U.S. Army Combat Readiness and Safety Center. Working smoke alarms save lives, cutting the risk of dying in a home fire in half.

For more information about fire safety at Fort McCoy, call 608-388-4077.

March Madness brackets due by March 13

March Madness brackets for the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation competition must be submitted by March 13 to Rumpel Fitness Center.

The final bracket will be posted at the fitness center after Selection Sunday. A prize will be awarded to the participant who accumulates the most points in the bracket pool. The contest is open to eligible fitness center patrons. For more information, call 608-388-2290.

3-on-3 basketball tournament set for March 13

Rumpel Fitness Center will hold a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at 4:30 p.m. March 13.
Teams may have a minimum of three and a maximum of five members. Prizes will be awarded to the first place team.
The tournament is open to eligible fitness center patrons. For more information or to register, call 608-388-2290.

'Connect the Tots' play group scheduled for March 14

Army Community Service's "Connect the Tots" play group is scheduled for 9:30 to 11 a.m. March 14 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 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.

Basketball competitions planned for March 14-16

Three basketball competitions are planned for March 14-16 at Rumpel Fitness Center.

The "Super 8" competition is March 14. Participants must make shots using eight different types of shots: jump shot, 3-pointer, free throw, layup, backboard, swish, granny shot, and fade away.

Participants who scored the most shots will be the winner. Participants will get three attempts to make each shot.
The "Hot Shots" competition is March 15. Participants will have one minute to shoot from different marked locations. The participant who scores the most points wins.

The "Free Throw Contest" is March 16. Participants will have two minutes to make as many free throws as possible.
The competitions are open to eligible fitness center patrons. Participants are not required to compete in all three events.

For more information or to register for a time slot, call 608-388-2290.

Women's History Month event scheduled for March 16

The Women's History Month observance is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. March 16.

Each year, the National Women's History Project selects a theme that highlights achievements by distinguished women. The 2017 theme is "Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business."

The 2017 theme for National Women's History Month honors women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and the paid labor force. Women have always worked, but often their work has been undervalued and unpaid..

The observance will feature a panel of trailblazing women in business and other areas. Specific guest speakers and the event location will be announced at a later date.

For more information, call 608-388-6153.

Training dates available for 2017 SHARP courses

Dates have been set for fiscal year 2017 Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention, or SHARP, refresher courses.

Overview training will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. March 21, April 18, May 11, June 13, July 13, Aug. 10 and 23, and Sept. 6 and 12. The training describes the effects of sexual harassment and sexual assault, examines prevention strategies, and discusses Department of Defense sexual-assault statistics and reporting.

All classes will be at Army Community Service, building 2111. SHARP annual refresher training is mandatory and must be completed by Sept. 30. Advance registration is required. Unit or directorate training is available upon request.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-8951.

FEEA Fund scholarship applications due March 27

The Federal Employee Education and Assistance (FEEA) Fund is now accepting 2017 scholarship applications.

FEEA is an independent, nonprofit 501c3 organization devoted solely to providing emergency financial assistance and scholarships to civilian federal and postal public servants and their Families. FEEA also has a for-profit subsidiary, FEEA Childcare Services, which administers child care subsidy programs on behalf of a number of federal agencies.

FEEA champions the pursuit of higher education and each year supports more than 200 students with merit-based scholarships.

Scholarships are open to full- or part-time permanent federal civilian or postal workers employed with the federal government for more than three years, their children, and their spouses. Some associations and unions partner with FEEA to provide specific scholarship programs for their employees, employees' children or spouses, or retirees' grandchildren. Download the 2017 FEEA scholarship catalog and application instructions for more information.

Applications are due by 2 p.m. March 27. For more information and for scholarship applications, visit

'Maintaining positivity' class scheduled for March 28

A "Maintaining Positivity in a Challenging Work Environment" class will be offered 1 to 2:30 p.m. March 28 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.

Registration is required by March 24. 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.

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 the Military OneSource website,, or call 1-800-342-9647 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 are able to use the free services as well.

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 March 24.

Deadline for submissions to be considered for that issue is noon March 15.

For more information, call 608-388-2407.