|What is it?
The Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site (MATES) is a one-stop
Wisconsin Army National Guard activity that receipts for, accounts for,
stores, maintains, secures, issues and reports readiness and supply
status for equipment positioned at Fort McCoy and supported by the
organization. The equipment mostly is tactical combat vehicles, and most
of those are wheeled vehicles.
Spc. Cliff Cornell removes a duct
from an air filter on a HUMVEE engine at the Maneuver Area
Training Equipment Site shop at Fort McCoy.
(Photo by Tom Michele)
Included are cargo trucks of every size in the Army inventory
(including trailers), towed howitzers, the Multiple Launch Rocket
System, the Improved Target Acquisition System (a newer version of
the tube-launched, optically-tracked, wire-command-linked-guided
missile system), and significant quantities of combat engineer
equipment such as bulldozers, bucket loaders, compactors, excavators
The equipment is used by Wisconsin National Guard units coming to
Fort McCoy to conduct extended combat training, battle assembly
training and pre-deployment training and also to support other
installation training, as requested. MATES employees are
military-technicians who are trained at military schools and have
military occupational specialties.
What have they done?
MATES was established by the Wisconsin Guard at Fort McCoy in 1949,
operating out of several of the installation’s maintenance
facilities. The remodeled, expanded facility opened in 1994. Along
with its mission as stated previously, MATES also assisted in the
support of the mobilization-demobilization program at Fort McCoy
that ended in September. As a one-stop maintenance and storage
facility of Wisconsin Guard tactical vehicles, those vehicles also
are available for use by Guard units assisting with natural
disasters in the state, such as assisting with flood, tornado and
What is planned?
MATES will continue to be a maintenance and storage asset for
Wisconsin Army National Guard units training at and from Fort McCoy,
and also will assist the installation as needed.
Why are they important?
Because they support Wisconsin National Guard units training at Fort
McCoy with a variety of well-maintained equipment, MATES saves the
Wisconsin National Guard tens of thousands dollars annually by
avoiding the costs of moving or transporting equipment between unit
home stations and Fort McCoy for training.
MATES is located in building 242, an office and maintenance shop
complex at Fort McCoy. MATES telephone is 608-388-3775. Information
about MATES is listed on the Wisconsin Department of Military