Fort McCoy Army Base

Fort McCoy Army Base

86th Training Division, 88th Regional Support Command, 181st Infantry Brigade, 426th Regiment, Wisconsin Military Academy, Wisconsin State Patrol, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion-25, Equipment Concentration Site 67, Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site, NCO Academy

35 South M Street, Fort McCoy, WI 54656

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ABOUT

Fort McCoy is a United States Army installation between the towns of Sparta and Tomah, Wisconsin, in Monroe County. Since its creation in 1909, the post has served as a military training center. The installation spans across 60,000 acres in the Coulee Region of West Central Wisconsin. Fort McCoy is approximately 35 miles east of La Crosse and 105 miles northwest of Madison.  Fort McCoy’s mission is to “Underpin Total Force Readiness by Serving as a Training Center and a Support Site for Power Projection Missions.”
Fort McCoy hosts large scale exercises at least twice a year: a WAREX (Warrior Exercise) focused on platoon level training, and a CSTX (Combat Support Training Exercise) that focuses on Company level training. During both exercises, battalion and brigade headquarters exercise their mission command functions to the units participating in the exercises.

Fort Drum is located in northern New York’s picturesque North Country. The installation is in the middle of one of the most historically unique and geographically beautiful areas of the United States. Fort Drum is approximately 30 miles south of Canada, with the Great Lakes to the west, the Adirondack Mountains to the east, and the St. Lawrence River and the Thousand Islands in between. The installation spans across 107,265 acres stretching into two counties.

 

Fort Drum is the home of the 10th Mountain Division, a light infantry (LI) division in the United States Army. Designated as a mountain warfare unit, the division is the only one of its size in the U.S. military to receive intense specialized training for fighting in mountainous and arctic conditions. More recently, the 10th Mountain has been conducting operations in Iraq, advising and assisting Iraqi Security Forces. Since 2001, the 10th Mountain Division has been the most deployed unit in the US military. Its combat brigades have seen over 20 deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

Fort Drum provides full-spectrum training and base operations support to all of the service branches, 11 states, and parts of Canada. Annually, Fort Drum offers training and base operations support to more than 26,500 Reserve and National Guard members as well as personnel from other federal, state, and local agencies.

There are over 156,086 Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, military families, DoD personnel, civilians, and retirees assigned to Fort McCoy.

 

There are over 36,700 Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, civilian, family members, and retirees assigned to Fort Drum Army Base. Additionally, Team Drum offers training and support to over 26,500 National Guard, Reservists, and other personnel each year.

 

There are over 156,086 Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, military families, DoD personnel, civilians, and retirees assigned to Fort McCoy.

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ARRIVAL

The closest airport is La Crosse Municipal Airport located 35 miles from base.
There is a courtesy phone located in the airport lobby to arrange pickup for individuals traveling on official orders. The Fort McCoy Shuttle Bus phone number is (608) 388-3616. Rental cars are also available at the airport.
Anyone who is assigned to or attached to US Army Headquarters Company Garrison must report to the Garrison Training Staff NCO upon arrival. They are located in Building 104. Bring your 201 file and leave form. If arriving after hours or on a weekend, call 2-3059 from on post or (608) 388-3059 from a local community to check in, and report in person the following workday.
Those who are assigned to tenant activities should report directly to their units. The unit will set up your appointment with Military Personnel and Finance for in-processing.
All active duty/AGR Soldiers assigned or attached to Fort McCoy or within a one hour commute must report to the Family Housing Office in 6158 H Circle, Sparta WI, M-F 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. within 30 days of reporting to Fort McCoy.
Incoming Department of Army civilians should report to the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) at 2187 South J Street. Be sure to have your most recent SF50 and any other pertinent personnel records when you report. The CPAC phone number is (608) 388-2722, DSN 280-2722.
Army Community Service (ACS) Relocation Readiness is designed to make your transition into our community an easier, more pleasant experience. Please stop by to in-process with ACS and take advantage of the many services that are available. A Newcomer Orientation is held the 2nd Wednesday of each month which includes an installation tour. The lending closet provides essential items while you are awaiting the arrival of your household goods.  The ACS Relocation Readiness phone number is (608) 388-2359, DSN 280-2359.

Resources

TRICARE Information and News

 

For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.

 

Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.

 

The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.

FOR THE CHILDREN
 

In Wisconsin, to be eligible for 4-year-old kindergarten, a child must be 4 by September 1 of the school year. To be eligible for 5-year-old kindergarten, a child must be 5 by September 1 of the school year. Check with the school for other requirements.

 

In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.

 

If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.

 
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER

Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.

 

​If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.

 

Online course options: edX – Founded by Harvard University and MIT, offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. Whether you are interested in computer science, languages, engineering, psychology, writing, electronics, biology, or marketing. Enroll today!

When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.

 

Child Care Aware:

Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.

 

Military Children and Teens Resource Guide

 

Monroe County Department of Human Services (608) 269-8600
The mission of the Monroe County Department of Human Services is to serve people, with an emphasis on Monroe County residents, by empowering participant responsibility and choice toward safe and independent lifestyles through the delivery of services in response to assessed needs. It intends to achieve this mission through providing public awareness, resource and referral information, economic support, and direct provision of services in a fiscally responsible manner.

Wisconsin Department of Health (608) 266-1865

Wisconsin Humane Society

Wisconsin State Patrol (608) 374-0513
The Wisconsin State Patrol enforces traffic and criminal laws; helps motorists in need; inspects trucks, school buses and ambulances; and helps local law enforcement agencies with natural disasters or civil disturbances.

Suicide Prevention Hotline tel:tel:(800) 273-8255

Housing

The Fort McCoy Housing Office is available to assist all active-duty Soldiers and Family members assigned to Fort McCoy on Permanent Change-of-Station orders. Services include Family Housing provided in single-Family government quarters, Single Soldier Housing and Housing Referral Services for local community living. Soldiers must submit a copy of orders, a DD Form 1746 (Application for Housing) and a DA Form 31 (Request and Authority for Leave) to be added to the housing wait-list. Call the Housing Office at (608) 388-2804 for more information.

Sparta

12 miles from Base

Sparta is a small town with many housing options.

Tomah

12 miles from Base

Tomah is small town with many housing options.

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Community

In Sparta, the summers are warm and wet; the winters are freezing, dry, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 9°F to 83°F and is rarely below -13°F or above 92°F.

The warm season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 22 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 72°F. The hottest day of the year is July 19, with an average high of 83°F and low of 59°F. The cold season lasts for 3.3 months, from November 26 to March 4, with an average daily high temperature below 38°F. The coldest day of the year is January 28, with an average low of 9°F and high of 27°F.

The wetter season lasts 6.1 months, from April 3 to October 7, with a greater than 25% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 40% on June 26. The drier season lasts 5.9 months, from October 7 to April 3. The smallest chance of a wet day is 10% on February 14.

The overall cost of living in Sparta, WI is 11% lower than the Wisconsin average and 15% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Sparta, WI, the city’s goods and services are 5% lower than the Wisconsin average and 8% lower than the U.S. average.

Fort McCoy is located near the towns of Sparta and Tomah in Monroe County. The world’s largest bike – an old-fashioned high wheeler formed out of fiberglass – greets visitors to Sparta, known as the “Bicycling Capital of America.” Sparta offers access to several nationally known bike trails including the Elroy-Sparta State Trail, the first rails-to-trails bicycle route in the country. Tomah has many recreational opportunities, as well. Visit Lake Tomah for boating or fishing. The lake is known for its population of Carp, Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye. Tomah is proud to host the National Tractor Pullers Association’s (NTPA) “Budweiser Wisconsin Dairyland NTPA Super Nationals” each June in Tomah’s Recreation Park. Tomah’s Recreation Park is also home to the Monroe County Fair and many other local events. In addition, the area celebrates the Cranberry Festival each September. Both towns have several shopping areas, restaurants, parks, movie theaters, and annual festivals and celebrations to enjoy.

Some other points of interest include La Crosse River Trail, Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bicycle Museum, Tomah Sparta Raceway,Cranberry Discovery Center, and Humbird Cheese Mart.

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