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Opera visit

Members of the Great American Voices -- Military Base Tour perform at Fort McCoy Nov. 17. The free performance was attended by about 85 people who braved inclement weather that night. The program included about 10 songs from various operas in French and Italian. Performers explained what a song was about between songs.  Another six  to eight songs from Broadway productions, including West Side Story, Porgy and Bess and Grapes of Wrath, were performed. Cast members also sang the national anthem and "God Bless America ."  
(Photo by Jobi Spolum)

Photo: Members of the Great American Voices - Military Base Tour perform at Fort McCoy Nov. 17. The free performance was attended by about 85 people who braved inclement weather that night. The program included about 10 songs from various operas in French and Italian. Performers explained what a song was about between songs.  Another six  to eight songs from Broadway productions, including West Side Story, Porgy and Bess and Grapes of Wrath, were performed. Cast members also sang the national anthem and "God Bless America."  (Photo by Jobi Spolum)
Flu immunization clinic for civilians set for Nov. 29-30 [ back to top ]

      Flu immunization clinics have been set for Fort McCoy civilian employees. The clinics will be held Tuesday, Nov. 29 and Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the Occupational Health Nursing Office (OHNO), building 1679.

      Hours are 8 a.m.-1 p.m. each day on a walk-in basis. Contract employees are not eligible to attend. For more information about the clinics, call OHNO at (608) 388-3209/2414.


Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony set for Dec. 1 [ back to top ]

      The Fort McCoy Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony will be Thursday, Dec. 1 at McCoy's courtyard, building 1571.

      The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. and run to 6 p.m. and is open to the public.

      Highlights will include entertainment from area high school choirs, Santa and his live reindeer, and a Santa's Gift Shop to find mom or dad a gift for $1.

      Free candy canes and hot chocolate will be available while supplies last. Food and arts and crafts will be sold.

      Children can make crafts and take them home.

      Guests can purchase a string of lights for $3 to be placed on the tree to be displayed throughout the holiday season.

      For more information, call the Fort McCoy Marketing Office at (608) 388-7400, the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Events Line at (877) 864-4969 or visit the Web site http://www.mccoymwr.com and click on events.


Health benefits open season continues through Dec. 12  [ back to top ]

      The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) open season will continue through Monday, Dec. 12.

      A listing of the plans and costs for calendar year 2006 is available at the Web site http://www.opm.gov/insure/health.

      Employees who sign up during the open season should note that the new plans or rates will take effect Jan. 8, 2006.

      Among the changes to note for the Fort McCoy area is that BlueCross BlueShield Health insurance now will cover care provided through Gundersen Lutheran as a preferred provider. BlueCross BlueShield will continue to serve as a preferred provider for the Franciscan Skemp Healthcare organization.

      For more information about BlueCross BlueShield, Fort McCoy employees can contact BlueCross BlueShield's Wisconsin Representative Amy Sheevel at (608) 783-2366 or visit the Web site http://www.fepblue.org.

      Enrollments, changes and cancellations of FEHBP plans can be made through the Army Benefits Center-Civilian (ABC-C) by using the ABC-C Web site at https://www.abc.army.mil and selecting Benefits/Employee Benefits Information System (EBIS).

      Personnel also can make changes by calling the Interactive Voice Response System at (877) 276-9287 or for hearing-impaired employees call (877) 276-9833.

Holiday Giving Program under way at Fort McCoy   [ back to top ]

      The Fort McCoy Installation Chaplain's Holiday Giving Program is under way.

      The program raises money to provide a holiday meal on Thanksgiving and Hanukkah/Christmas for individuals and for families from the Fort McCoy military/Department of Defense civilian community identified by their command or by their directorates.

      Those who would like to contribute to the program can drop off their monetary donation in cash or check at the Religious Support Office (RSO), 2675 South F St., during duty hours, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday - Friday.

      Checks should be made out to the "Fort McCoy Chaplain Fund" and annotated for "Holiday food."

      Collections for Hanukkah/Christmas will be accepted through Thursday, Dec. 15.

      The program also includes an Angel Tree, which is scheduled to be put up in the Post Exchange Mini Mall, building 1538, the week following Thanksgiving.

      For more information about the program, contact the RSO at (608) 388-3528 or visit building 2675 during business hours.


ACS celebrates Military Family Appreciation Month  [ back to top ]

      Army Community Service (ACS) is helping Fort McCoy celebrate Military Family Appreciation Month by distributing free Military Family canvas tote bags. Activities will run throughout November.

      Personnel are welcome to bring in a photograph of their family or have one taken at  ACS to get the free bag, which will be distributed as long as supplies last.

      The photographs will become the property of ACS and be displayed on the Military Family Tree in building 2111. For more information, call ACS at (608) 388-3505.


Christmas Worship, Praise in Music set for Dec. 6 at building 905    [ back to top ]

      The Fort McCoy Religious Support Office (RSO) will host a "Christmas Worship and Praise in Music" program Tuesday, Dec. 6 at building 905.

      The program will feature Michael Schroeder, who is recognized as a premier contemporary Christian performer, and begin at 7 p.m. For more information, call the RSO at (608) 388-3528.


Post Office offers holiday mailing services   [ back to top ]

      The Fort McCoy Post Office, building 1654, has a variety of mailing services available, including the sale of holiday stamps.

      The Post Office also sells or handles stamped envelopes, shipping and packing materials, package mailing, money orders, insured, registered, certified mail and express mail.

      The facility is open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call (608) 388-3825.


Central Issue Facility to close for inventory Jan. 2-8    [ back to top ]

      The Fort McCoy Central Issue Facility (CIF), building 2142, will be closed Jan. 2-8, 2006. 

      The purpose of the closure is to conduct a 100 percent semiannual inventory as mandated by Army Regulations.  All requests for CIF transactions during this period will be approved through Terry Green, supply manager, at (608) 388-6160 and the chief of supply, Rick Whitley at (608) 388-3811.


Snowfest set for Jan. 28 at Whitetail Ridge   [ back to top ]

      Snowfest 2006 will be held Saturday, Jan. 28 at Fort McCoy's Whitetail Ridge Recreation Area. The family fun day will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and is open to the public.

      Discounts on snowtubing and skiing will be available, plus lots of other family oriented activities are planned.

      For more information, call the Fort McCoy Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) events line at (877) 864-4969 or visit the MWR Web site at http://www.mccoymwr.com.


MWR seeks feedback about programs  [ back to top ]

      Authorized personnel now can share their opinions and provide feedback about Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) facilities, programs and events.

      The MWR Customer Hotline is available by phone at (608) 388-6000.

      Personnel also can use the Internet-based customer card system, Interactive Customer Evaluation (ICE), to express their opinions 24-hours a day.

      Those wishing to comment about Fort McCoy MWR services are directed to the installation Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) site at http://www.mccoymwr.com and click on the words "Rate MWR." The general government site can be found at http://ice.disa.mil.


13th Ordnance Battalion seeks qualified Soldiers to fill vacancies   [ back to top ]

      The 13th Ordnance Battalion, 100th Division, has several Troop Program Unit vacancies at Fort McCoy available for highly qualified and motivated Soldiers. 

      The unit is a Total Army School System (TASS) School Battalion responsible for all 63CMF (mechanical maintenance) and 89B (ammunition specialist) Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) reclassification training in the eight states of Region D (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee). Unit headquarters are at Fort McCoy, but unit members teach at approximately 15 sites throughout the region.  Soldiers assigned to the unit must dedicate themselves to giving the best instruction in the Army Reserve.

      Current vacancies at Fort McCoy are:  S1/S4 (2nd Lieutenant to Captain - 92A Branch); 62B instructors (Sergeant to Sergeant First Class - 62B Military Occupational Specialty (MOS)); 63J instructors (Sergeant to Sergeant First Class - 63J, 52D, or 52C MOS); 89B instructors (Sergeant to Sergeant First Class - 89B MOS); Supply NCO (Staff Sergeant or Sergeant First Class - 92Y MOS); Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS) NCO (Sergeant or Staff Sergeant - Any MOS but should be familiar with computers); Publications NCO (Sergeant or Staff Sergeant - 42A MOS); and Supply Specialist Private to Specialist - 92Y MOS).

      Instructors also need to meet the following requirements: General Technical (GT) Score of at least 100; nothing greater than a "2" in PULHES (P-Physical Capacity or Stamina: U-Upper Extremities: L-Lower Extremities: H-Hearing: E-Ears: S-Psychiatric). Soldiers who meet these qualifications and have the drive and initiative to join one of the best battalions should contact the 100th as soon as possible. Soldiers who know of someone else who may be interested in a position are encouraged to forward this information to them.

      For more information, call Todd Anderson, staff administrator at (608) 388-5479 or e-mail: todd.m.anderson@usar.army.mil.


Commissary scholarship applications available at building 2132  [ back to top ]

      Applications for the Scholarships for Military Children (SFMC) program are  available at the Fort McCoy Commissary, building 2132,  and must be returned to the commissary by close of business Feb. 22, 2006, according to store manager, Steve Brown.

      Applications, eligibility and other information for the 2006 SFMC program also are available online at http://www.militaryscholar.org or through a link at http://www.commissaries.com.


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