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Fort McCoy celebrates Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 19, with an open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. I invite the public to visit the installation to learn more about Fort McCoy’s history and dynamic training-support mission.

We value our relationship with our neighboring communities. Armed Forces Day Open House visitors will witness what our committed, professional military and civilian workforce does daily in support of our nation’s defense.

The event takes place at the installation’s award-winning Commemorative Area, which features the History Center, Equipment Park, World War II-era historical buildings and Veterans Memorial Plaza. Fort McCoy staff and units, as well as military-connected organizations, set up displays to explain what they do and how they help the armed forces.

Activities and displays are geared at a variety of ages, including an obstacle course and face painting for young children, a shooting gallery and rock wall for those a little older, and safety and job information for adults. Military units will have interactive vehicle displays, and there will be installation bus tours suitable for all ages.

The family-friendly event and activities are free, and plenty of parking is available. Armed Forces Open House visitors enter the post at Gate 15, which is on Wisconsin Hwy. 21 between Tomah and Sparta. Signs will be posted. Adult visitors must be prepared to show photo identification.

Please make plans to join us May 19. For more information, call 608-388-4209.

Army Strong!

Col. David J. Pinter Sr., Fort McCoy Garrison Commander

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