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January 13, 2012

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Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site

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.
PHOTO: 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
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(including trailers), towed howitzers, the Multiple Launch Rocket System, the Improved Target Acquisition System (a newer version of the tube-launched, optically-tracked, wire-command-linked-guided missile system), and significant quantities of combat engineer equipment such as bulldozers,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 and scrapers.

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 severe-weather disasters.

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.

Resources:
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 Affairs website http://dma.wi.gov/dma/.

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