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Training

Ranges, facilities readied to 
support 2009 training needs

By Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff

Troops 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.

Photo: Curtis Silsby of the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security Range Section clears snow from a target on Range 2. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
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)

More 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.

Terry 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).

"The 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 manner."

The 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.

Long-range 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.

Another 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. 

Photo: Curtis Silsby of the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security Range Section works on clearing snow Dec. 29 on Range, 2, a Multipurpose Machine Gun Range at Fort McCoy. (Photo by Rob Schuette) (A The Real McCoy Extra)
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) (A The Real McCoy Extra) 

The 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.

These improvements introduced even more realism into urban combat training scenarios, he said.

The 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.

Barry 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.

Personnel 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 said.

Military 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.

 

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