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Fort McCoy News Aug. 10, 2018

News Notes

Commemorative Area open 3 dates in August

The Fort McCoy Commemorative Area will be open to walk-in visitors noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 10 and 24 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 18.

The Commemorative Area consists of the Equipment Park, five World War II-era buildings with historical displays, the History Center, and Veterans Memorial Plaza. The History Center and World War II-era buildings contain artifacts dating from Fort McCoy’s inception in 1909 up to present day.

Members of the public must present valid photo IDs at the Main Gate to get a visitor’s pass. For information on visitors’ passes, call the Visitor Control Center at 608-388-4988.

For more information about tours, call the Public Affairs Office at 608-388-2407.

Army Arts & Crafts Contest ends Aug. 13

The 2018 Army Arts and Crafts Contest will accept submissions until Aug. 13.

Up to three submissions per artist will be accepted in each of nine categories: ceramic art, digital art, drawings, fiber art, glass art, metal and jewelry art, mixed media, paintings, and wood art.

All submissions must be original work completed within 12 months from the start of the current contest year.

The contest is open to all authorized Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons, excluding Army Arts and Crafts employees.

Visit www.armymwr.com/programs-and-services/arts-and-crafts/2017-arts-crafts-contest for more information.

Women’s Equality Day observance is Aug. 16

Fort McCoy’s Women’s Equality Day observance is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Aug. 16 at McCoy’s Community Center, building 1571.

The guest speaker is Sylvia Carey-Butler, associate vice chancellor for academic support if inclusive excellence at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

She has a doctorate in higher education and administration and policy and has worked in education for more than 36 years.
During her career, she has addressed issues of diversity and inclusiveness within college and university communities and established partnerships to support access to higher education.

Women’s Equality Day is Aug. 26 and celebrates the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Created in 1971, the observance has grown to include focusing attention on women’s continued efforts toward gaining full equality.

The program starts at noon; participants may get lunch on their own from 11:30 to noon.
For more information about Equal Opportunity events, call 608-388-6335.

Fort McCoy hosts job fair Aug. 14-16, 21-23

The Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) and Nonappropriated Fund Human Resources will be hosting a job fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 14-16 and 21-23 at McCoy’s Community Center, building 1571.

According to CPAC, there are 2,200 military technician positions and 400 Department of the Army civilian positions available worldwide and multiple Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreations positions to be filled at Fort McCoy.
Human-resources and hiring personnel will be available to talk about the positions and the hiring process.

The job fair is open to members of the public if they are approved for a visitor’s pass. Members of the public must present valid photo IDs at the Main Gate to get a visitor’s pass. For information about visitor’s passes, call the Visitor Control Center at 608-388-4988.

More information about U.S. government jobs and how to apply is available online at www.usajobs.gov.

For information about the job fair, call 608-388-2722.

‘Connect the Tots’ play group meets Aug. 21 on South Post

The “Connect the Tots” play group will meet at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 21 at Patriot Park on South Post.

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.

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

Blended Retirement class planned for Aug. 21

An overview of the Blended Retirement System for military members is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 21 at Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111.

The Blended Retirement System went into effect Jan. 1.

ACS events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workers, family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. Registration is required by Aug. 14.

For more information, call 608-388-3540.

Thrift Savings Plan class scheduled for Aug. 22

An overview of the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) for civilian employees is scheduled for 1 to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111.

The class will cover the basics of TSP, the five funds within TSP, and how to sign up for the plan.

ACS events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workers, family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. Registration is required by Aug. 15.

For more information, call 608-388-3540.

Autumn play group starts Sept. 11 on post

The “Connect the Tots” play group will meet at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at Army Community Service Family Building, 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 Sept. 25; Oct. 2, 16, and 30; Nov. 6, 13, and 27; and Dec. 4 and 11. For more information or to register, call 608-388-2412.

Stress resiliency workshop set for Sept. 20

“Building Stress Resiliency: Making Stress Work for You” is scheduled for 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 20 at Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111.
The workshop will cover how the body responds to stress, how to manage different types of stress, and more.
ACS events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workers, family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. Registration is required by Sept. 13.
For more information, call 608-388-3505.

Debt-management class scheduled for Sept. 25

“Taking Control,” a debt-management class, is scheduled for 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111.

The class covers how to do more with less, use debt as leverage, and make debt work for you. ACS events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.

Registration is required by Sept. 25. Call 608-388-3540 for more information or to register.

New employees at Fort McCoy

New employees started working in several post organizations in July.

Welcome to the following new employees:

• Millicent Lawson — Civilian Personnel Advisory Center.

• Mason Harrison and Shane Zahrte Jr. — Equipment Concentration Site-67.

Next issue of The Real McCoy

The next issue of The Real McCoy will be published Aug. 24. The deadline for submissions to be considered for publication is noon Aug. 15.

For more information, call 608-388-4128.