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Fort McCoy cancels open house due to federal cuts

Published On: May 06 2013 03:22:52 PM CDT
FORT MCCOY, Wis. -

Fort McCoy has canceled its 2013 Armed Forces Day Open House because of automatic federal spending cuts.

The event was scheduled for May 18. But Fort McCoy says it could not successfully host this year's open house due to the military's restrictions on community outreach events under the budget cuts.

Garrison Commander Col. Steven W. Nott says he's a strong supporter of community engagements. While it was not the outcome he wanted, Nott says the cancellation complies with guidelines under the spending cuts.

Fort McCoy usually conducts an annual Armed Forces Day Open House on the third Saturday in May. Activities include equipment displays, personalized dog tags, camouflage face-painting and installation tours.

Planning has begun for next year's open house, scheduled for May 17, 2014.

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