By Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
Several new facilities or ranges, including a Live Fire Shoot
House and the Mobile Urban Training Site (MUTS)-North, are available
at Fort McCoy to support units and personnel conducting mobilization
training, extended combat training or basic combat training during the
upcoming training season, said Terry Hoff.
installation Range Officer, said personnel attending the
installation's Training and Range Coordination Conference Thursday,
Jan. 17 also can learn about other new training projects of interest,
including water training opportunities at Big Sandy Lake, Engagement
Skill Trainers (ESTs) near Ranges 30 and 33, and 26 new
facilities/structures on post ranges/training areas to support
area includes 13 containers that are single story, two-story and have
underground tunnels, along with interconnecting roadways, he said.
These simulate all of the facilities/infrastructure scenarios that
troops would encounter in an urban setting, he said. Troops can use
the facility year-round.
Personnel from the Rochester,
Minn., Police Department train at Fort McCoy in a rescue mission
scenario near the Offense/Defense Building. (File
"Training in all of these facilities can be arranged
through the Scheduling Section," Hoff said. "New and
existing facilities in or near the MUTS-North area are or soon will be
fully instrumented to include simulations and simulators."
The equipment is capable of recording video and audio from the
training and making it available to troops to use during their
After-Action Reviews, he said. The technology currently can be used
with the Shoot House.
All of the
facilities that are near the MUTS-North area, which include the
Offense/Defense Building and the Urban Assault Complex, will have this
capability by April.
The 26 new range facilities/structures include observation
point bunkers, towers, covered messes, latrines, etc.
Hoff said this will help bring standardized support structures
to all of the ranges/training areas and enhance operations and
Big Sandy Lake has or is scheduled to shortly have a boat
landing, four bridge abutments, and serves as the primary site for all
water training at Fort McCoy. Hoff said the facility will be open as
soon as "the water starts flowing" and will be available at
the start of the peak training season in April.
Meanwhile, Alderwood Lake, which served as the primary
water-training site in the past, will serve as an alternate/backup
water training site as needed, until it closes at a future date.
Troops training at Fort McCoy can take advantage of ESTs near
Ranges 30 and 33, which provide a simulated site for personnel to zero
their weapons -- in this case M-16 rifles. This helps the Soldiers
master basic marksmanship skills in a controlled environment, he said.
"This will save them time by keeping them out near the
ranges where their units are training, without returning to the
cantonment area," Hoff said. "They can get the feedback and
guidance they need and can't get when they're using live
Michael Perzel III, the Troop Projects coordinator for VT
Griffin, said Troop Projects work will provide several new facilities
for troops to use during training. VT Griffin is the contractor that
provides services for the Directorate of Logistics/Directorate of
The Patriot Warrior Exercise, in addition to extended combat
training and basic combat training sessions, will include work on the
taxiway relocation at Young Air Assault Strip, widening one kilometer
of Main Supply Route Tampa to four lanes to support Improvised
Explosive Device (IED)-Defeat training, portable storage shed
construction and berm work at Forward Operating Base Freedom.
Additional Troop Projects work may include a control tower,
classroom and an automatic building machine facility for storage to
support training at Young Air Assault Strip.
An employee from Fowler and
Hammer Inc., of La Crosse works on a structure at Range 31A, a
Modified Record Fire Range. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
Perzel said much of this work should be completed during the
upcoming training season.
"Any engineer unit that would like to consider Troop
Projects work during its training at Fort McCoy is encouraged to
contact the Troop Projects office," said Perzel, who will be at
the conference. "We have many projects, such as road
improvements, or pads or sidewalks that units can do to help support
Mark Stelzner, the Fort McCoy Range Supervisory Scheduler, said
the installation's new and improved facilities/ranges will help
support joint training scenarios that include reserve-component,
active-component and other service personnel.
The Golden Medic Exercise will use the installation's Young Air
Assault Strip semi-improved runway to support its air medical
evacuation missions, he said. Participants will include Army and Air
Force personnel. The facility has been improved within the past year
to handle missions with C-17A aircraft.
The Patriot Warrior and the Patriot Exercises will be held in
the July-August time frame.
Patriot Warrior includes personnel from the Army Reserve and
The Patriot Exercise includes Army National Guard and Air Guard
Fort McCoy also will serve as an important training site to
help units prepare for mobilization. Hoff said units are being
encouraged to complete as much of this training as they can before
they begin their final mobilization training because the time for
final mobilization is getting shorter and more intense to accomplish
the necessary tasks.
Units are requested to view the new range safety video and take
the test to be certified before they come to Fort McCoy for training,
The safety video can be viewed on the Fort McCoy Extranet,
which is accessible through the public Web site at http://www.mccoy.army.mil.
Fort McCoy can provide excellent personnel and equipment
support and ranges/training facilities for any of the pre-mobilization
training that units can't accomplish at their home stations, Stelzner
The Equipment Concentration Site-67, for example, is receiving
1,300 new pieces of equipment to help support the Army Reserve
Fort McCoy will host a Combat Support Training Center for the
Army Reserve to support training during the third year of the Army
Force Generation five-year training concept.
Units are encouraged to use these opportunities to help
expedite their training needs before they are mobilized and begin
final mobilization preparation, Hoff said.
For more information about training opportunities at Fort McCoy
and to reserve ranges, call the Scheduling Section at (608)
Information about Troop Projects work can be obtained by
calling Perzel at (608) 388-3551.