Fort McCoy News March 24, 2017

News Notes

Young Lives, Big Stories contest starts April 1

Installation Management Command (IMCOM) Child and Youth Services celebrates the Month of the Military Child with the Young Lives, Big Stories contest starting April 1.

Each participant may submit one entry into the contest. One winner from each category will receive a prize, and the top overall winner will receive the grand prize.

Drawn submissions are divided into the following age categories: youths 3 to 4 years old, 5 years old to first grade, and second through third grades. Written submissions are divided into the following categories: fourth to fifth grades, sixth to eighth grades, and ninth to 12th grades.

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges from IMCOM Headquarters. To enter, participants can visit the School-Age Center/Youth Center or The Young Lives, Big Stories contest runs April 1-30. All submissions must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. April 30.

For more information on the Young Lives, Big Stories contest, visit

Gifts & Grace class scheduled for April 1

Gifts & Grace: Increase Your Spiritual Resiliency is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon April 1 at Army Community Service Family Workshop Center, building 2161.

The class combines an introduction to spiritual gifts and stretching and gentle flowing movements geared for any age or fitness level.

Army Community Service events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workers, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. Registration is required by March 24.

For more information, call 608-388-6507.

Swim challenge starts April 3

The Sprint Through April Swim Challenge starts April 3 at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1121.

Participants will receive punch cards with 16 squares containing different swim strokes and distances. The challenge is to complete every square on the card. Turn in completed cards for a chance to win a $50 gift card. Participants who complete the challenge also will be displayed on a Wall of Fame.

The challenge runs April 3 to May 22. The event is open to eligible fitness center patrons, and there is no fee. For more information, call 608-388-2290.

April awareness months kickoff planned April 3 at McCoy's

A kickoff event for a number of awareness months is planned 11 a.m. to noon April 3 at McCoy's Community Center, building 1571.

April observances include Alcohol Abuse Awareness, Autism Awareness, Child Abuse Prevention, and Sexual-Assault Awareness and Prevention months. The Army Community Service and Army Substance Abuse Program offices coordinated the kickoff event to shed light on these important issues.

Attendees can purchase lunch on their own but are asked to be seated by 11:25 a.m. Garrison Commander Col. David J. Pinter Sr. will speak about the awareness topics, and then he and tenant unit commanders will sign several proclamations. Table discussion questions will be available, and informational booths will be displayed.

Army Community Service events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workers, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. No registration is required.

For more information, call Army Community Service at 608-388-3505.

Taste of Art & Wine scheduled for April 7

The annual Taste of Art and Wine event will start at 6 p.m. April 7 at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area Chalet.

Local artists will exhibit a variety of work, such as paintings, sculptures, photographs, and glasswork. Area wineries and breweries will offer samples, and bottles will be available for sale. Hors d'oeuvres also will be served.

Advance tickets are on sale for $15. Tickets purchased the day of the event will be $20. Tickets are limited, and the event is open to the public.

Tickets can be purchased at McCoy's Community Center, building 1571; Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1121; and Pine View Campground.

For more information, call 608-388-3200.

Easter Eggstravaganza planned April 8 at McCoy

The annual Easter Eggstravaganza starts at 8 a.m. April 8 at the Fort McCoy Exchange.

Breakfast with the Easter bunny is available from 8 to 11:20 a.m. at the Exchange Food Court. A breakfast special of french toast sticks, bacon or sausage, and orange juice is available for both children and adults. The regular breakfast menu will also be available.

Children can have their photos taken with the Easter bunny from 9 to 11:20 a.m. Crafts and activities — face painting, egg decorating, photo-frame decorating, coloring, egg toss, and pin the tail on the bunny — are from 9:30 to 11:20 a.m.

At 11:20 a.m., participants can march in a parade from the Exchange to Constitution Park. The Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 11:30 a.m. with categories for children ages 0 through 4, 5 through 10, 11 years and older, and those with special needs.
Easter Eggstravaganza is put on jointly by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation and the Fort McCoy Exchange. The event is open to Fort McCoy community members.

Advance registration is not required. For more information, call 608-388-3200.

Sportsman's Range Open House scheduled for April 8

The Sportsman's Range Open House will kick off the annual shooting season from 9 a.m. to noon April 8.

Free firearm rentals are available 9 a.m. to noon. Children 12 and under qualify for free .22lr firearm rental that includes 10 rounds of ammunition. Ten additional rounds can be purchased for $1.

A firearm safety seminar will be conducted from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Free activities, such as a tomahawk throw, inflatable obstacle course, and rock climbing wall, be available from 10 a.m. to noon. Mini matches for heavy metal and three gun will be conducted at 10 and 10:30 a.m. At 11 a.m., the Kinetic Kritters Archery Pop-Up Target System will be demonstrated.

At noon, there will be a door prize drawing for two range memberships. Participants must be present to win.

All activities and demonstrations are free, but fees will be charged for ammunition. Ammunition must be purchased at the range.

Sportsman's Range and events are open to authorized patrons. For more information, call 608-388-9162.

April Showers run/walk set for April 13

The April Showers 5k Run/Walk will be at 2:30 p.m. April 13 at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1121.

The event is in honor of April awareness months, including Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual-Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Participants are encouraged to dress in blue or teal.

The Fort McCoy Child & Youth Services' No More Task Force will have a table set up at the event to hand out information on assault and harassment prevention.

One- and 2-mile routes are also available. Medals will be awarded to the three fastest male and female participants in each age category. The Commander's Challenge Award will be given to the organization with the most registered participants.
The run/walk is free and open to all Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons. Registration is required by April 12 at the fitness center.

For more information, call 608-388-3200.

Fort McCoy tryout races set for Army Ten-Miler

Fort McCoy has set three tryout dates for its 2017 Army Ten-Miler team.

The first qualifying race is the April Showers run at 2:30 p.m. April 13. Interested Soldiers can also try out at the South Post Run at 8 a.m. May 20 or the Commander's Run at 7 a.m. June 14.

Soldiers must qualify for the Army Ten-Miler by competing in at least one of the three qualifying races.

The team is open to all interested permanent party (male/female) active-duty or reserve-component Soldiers with Units at Fort McCoy. The top eight runners will be selected for the Fort McCoy team.

All races are 10ks. Selected team members will t be expected to train together prior to the Oct. 8 event in Washington, D.C. Register at Rumpel Fitness Center before the day of a qualifying event.

For more information, call 608-388-3200 or the team captain, Lt. Col. Mark Woommavovah, at 608-388-4929.

Self-defense class planned for April 19

A self-defense class is scheduled for 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. April 19 at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

The class will be taught by Robert Bird and employees of Choka U Gym. Bird has been training in self-defense and Brazilian jiu jitsu for almost eight years. He has won gold and silver medals at the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation's world championship.

The class is arranged by Army Community Service and is open to military members, retirees, civilians, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-8989 or email

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.

Next issue of The Real McCoy

The next issue of The Real McCoy will be published April 14.

Deadline for submissions to be considered for that issue is noon April 5.

For more information, call 608-388-4209.