Fort McCoy News Sept. 22, 2017

News Notes

'Connect the Tots' play group meets Sept. 26

The "Connect the Tots" play group will meet 9:30 to 11 a.m. Sept. 26 at Army Community Service Family Building in building 2161.

The play groups are for children 5 years old or younger. 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.

ACS events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.
Additional play groups are scheduled for Oct. 7, 10, and 14; Nov. 7, 14, and 28; and Dec. 5 and 12.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-2412.

South Post Housing Area hosts community garage sale

South Post Housing Area will host communitywide garage sales from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 through Oct. 1.

Individual sale times and dates may vary. From Highway 21, follow the signs to South Post and Ginger Road.

'Build a Bird Feeder' scheduled for Sept. 30

A "Build a Bird Feeder" workshop is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Army Community Service Family Building in building 2161.

The workshop is intended as a Family resilience and bonding activity. Each member of the Family can create an individualized bird feeder. If participants want to use decoupage to decorate their feeders, they should bring any logos or pictures they wish to use with them.

Singles and geographical bachelors are also welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Exceptional Family Member Program participants may start one hour earlier than the scheduled start time.

Registration is required by Sept. 23. For more information, call 608-388-3505.

Fort McCoy trapping application available online, due Sept. 25

The 2017 Fort McCoy trapping application is available on the installation's i-Sportsman website at The deadline to submit trapping applications is Sept. 25.

People interested in submitting an application must log in to their iSportsman account and click on "Acquire Permits" to access the application. Applicants must then remember to "Check Out" and "Confirm" their order to submit the application.

For more information, visit the website or call the Permit Sales Office at 608-388-3337.

Seasonal laundry facilities close Oct. 1

Several laundry facilities on post will close Oct. 1.

The laundry facilities located in buildings 651, 755, 1735, 1856, 2002, 2568, and 2671 will close for the winter Oct. 1. These facilities will open again in spring 2018.

Laundry facilities in buildings 2877, 2763, and 1671 will remain open throughout the winter. Laundromats are for use by Soldiers training at Fort McCoy pursuant to military orders. Civilians, contractors, and retired military members are not authorized to use these facilities.

For more information, call the Troop Facilities Support Branch at 608-388-5972.

Public-speaking class set for Oct. 3-5

"Public Speaking with Confidence" is scheduled for Oct. 3-5 at Army Community Service, building 2111.

This class will give tips and skills to overcome the common fear of public speaking, along with a safe and fun learning environment to practice those skills. Participants will be asked to give a presentation as part of the course, with positive feedback and coaching from skilled and seasoned instructors.

The class is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 3-4 and 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 5. Registration is required by Sept. 26.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-6712 or email

Fall Harvest Celebration set for Oct. 14

USO Fort McCoy will host a Fall Harvest Celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 14 at building 1501.

The celebration will feature a homegrown pumpkin weight contest, pumpkin carving (bring your own pumpkin), face painting, a photo booth, and hot cider and coffee. No registration is required.

USO events and services are open to active military members, military retirees with IDs, and their legal dependents.

For more information, call 414-477-7279.

Wineglass-painting class scheduled for Oct. 17

USO Fort McCoy will hold a wineglass-painting class at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at building 1501.

Participants will get instructions on how to paint fall trees on a pair of wineglasses. The class costs $10, and materials are included. Advance registration and payment are required.

USO events and services are open to active military members, military retirees with IDs, and their legal dependents.

To register or for more information, call 414-477-7279.

'Sit, Sip, Paint' set for Oct. 20 at McCoy's

A "Sit, Sip, Paint" canvas-painting party is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at McCoy's Community Center, building 1571.

The workshop is a step-by-step painting demonstration by artist Linda Oldenburg. Participants will paint a 16-by-20-inch work of art. No artistic ability is required, and all art supplies are provided. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., and painting begins at 6:30 p.m.

Wine, beverages, and food will be available to purchase. The workshop costs $35 per person. The event is open to the public.

Space is limited. Register online at or at McCoy's Community Center by Oct. 13.

For more information, call 608-388-2065.

USO STEM challenges planned monthly this fall

USO Fort McCoy will hold STEM challenges for children ages 5 to 12 every month this fall.

The hour-long activities will start at 6 p.m. Oct. 25, Nov. 15, and Dec. 20 at building 1501. The activities are designed to teach children about science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields and how they can change the world. There is no cost, but advance registration is required because seating is limited.

USO events and services are open to active military members, military retirees with IDs, and their legal dependents.

For more information or to register, call 414-477-7279.

Brewery, winery tour scheduled for Oct. 28

A brewery and winery tour is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 28.

The tour will visit New Glarus Brewing Co. in New Glarus and Hawk's Mill Winery in Browntown. It costs $55 per person and includes transportation, a brewery tour, beer and wine tasting, and a souvenir glass.

The tour will pick up and drop off participants at McCoy's Community Center, building 1571.

The tour is open to Fort McCoy employees, military members, and their guests who are at least 21 years old. Registration is required by Oct. 1.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-3011.

Post welcomes new employees

New employees started working in several post organizations in August and September.

Welcome to the following new employees:

• Imelda Mendoza — Army Reserve Pay Center.

• Ruben DeJesus, Tara Edwards, Sheila Fowler, Kimberly Raap, Nikki Richard, and Angela Steinhoff — Civilian Personnel Advisory Center.

• Shelly Reehling — Directorate of Human Resources.

• Sung Byun — Directorate of Public Works.

• Loraine Spaeth — Network Enterprise Center.

• Bill Coppernoll — Public Affairs Office.

Next issue of The Real McCoy

The next issue of The Real McCoy will be published Oct. 13.

The deadline for submissions to be considered for publication in the Oct. 13 issue is noon Oct. 3.

For more information, call 608-388-4128.