Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
coming to Fort McCoy in 2009 and in the coming years will have
additional ranges and facilities to support their training, whether it
is for mobilization, predeployment or extended combat training.
Curtis Silsby of the Directorate
of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS) Range Section
clears snow from a target on Range 2. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
information about 2009 training opportunities at Fort McCoy will be
discussed at the installation’s 2009 Annual Range and Training
Coordination Conference Thursday, Jan. 15.
Hoff, Range Officer for the Fort McCoy Directorate of Plans, Training,
Mobilization and Security (DPTMS), said additional M-16 qualifying
opportunities should be available on Ranges 101 and 102, as well as
100 and 105 in the next one-two years. Personnel can begin using
Ranges 101 and 102, pending final approval, later this year, Hoff
said. These ranges will support M-16A2 rifle sighting or zeroing
(Range 102) and qualifying (Range 101).
opening of these ranges will improve our throughput for M-16A2
qualifying," Hoff said. "It will help ensure we can provide
this training on a priority basis to mobilizing troops, and we can
meet the training needs of the other personnel here, in a timely
ranges will serve as needed complementary support and backup to Ranges
32 and 33 and 31A and 30A, which also support M-16 training, he said.
plans include an additional M-16 sighting/zeroing and qualification
range setup on Ranges 100 and 105. Hoff said a $4 million Major
Construction Army project is set to develop Range 100 as an M-16, M-9
qualification range. The projected opening is 2010, although it may be
done by fall 2009.
new project in the pipeline is a second Live-Fire Shoothouse in the
Mobile Urban Training Site (MUTS)-North area, he said. "We have a
big demand to use this, so we’re pleased a project to build another
facility is on track," Hoff said.
Curtis Silsby of the DPTMS Range Section works on clearing snow Dec. 29 on Range, 2, a Multipurpose Machine Gun Range at Fort McCoy.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
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current MUTS-North facilities were equipped with new sound and video
equipment last year, Hoff said. Equipment was installed that also
replicates the smells found in urban combat areas, he said.
improvements introduced even more realism into urban combat training
scenarios, he said.
other major training project, an Improvised Explosive Device
(IED)-Defeat Training Complex with two IED lanes, is continuing to
progress, Hoff said. (See The Real McCoy, Nov. 28, 2008 issue for more
in-depth information.) The IED-Defeat Training Complex has a projected
completion date of spring 2009.
Schroader, DPTMS supervisory range specialist, said the Range Section
personnel, have been busy supporting the projects. Personnel have been
helping to construct the building facades for structures included in
the IED-Defeat Complex, he said.
also are busy clearing snow from the various ranges and targetry and
testing the targetry to ensure it is in working condition and
available to support any training needs for military personnel, he
units coming to Fort McCoy to train are required to call the Range
Scheduling Section at (608) 388-3721/4142/5313 to schedule and reserve
use of ranges and training areas.