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Training

McCoy conference updates units about range, training opportunities

By Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff

Fort McCoy leadership personnel told unit representatives attending the Training and Coordination Conference Jan. 15 that they will continue to be the installation of choice to meet their training needs for the 2009 training season.

Photo: Unit representatives attending Fort McCoy’s Range and Training Coordination Conference listen to information about training opportunities. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Unit representatives attending Fort McCoy’s Range and Training Coordination Conference listen to information about training opportunities. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

Steve Shanks, the chief of the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS) Training Division, said the installation is ready for this training season. The biggest issue the installation will have to providing quality support is the progress of an ambitious barracks (and other facilities) renovation program, he said.

"That will have an impact on our capacity to house training units," Shanks said. "We will do everything we can to meet your needs," and working together will make that process smoother."

Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser noted that Fort McCoy still will meet its goals to provide training support to reserve-component personnel.

Chesser said he saw the installation’s customer support in action when the units he was serving in came to Fort McCoy for extended combat training (ECT). He also served with a unit that came to Fort McCoy for mobilization, the 458th Combat Engineer Battalion of Johnstown, Pa.

Because of those experiences, Chesser said he is well aware of what units coming to Fort McCoy need to make their training a success.


"The quality of your training event (at Fort McCoy) will be directly proportional to the planning and coordination you put into it."

Col. David E. Chesser,
Fort McCoy Garrison Commander

The installation’s work force helped ensure his units received everything they needed to conduct successful training. This support regularly is extended to all units that come to Fort McCoy to train, he said.

Unlike some other installations, Fort McCoy emphasizes serving reserve-component units and can offer them almost every training opportunity the Army offers except the Hellfire missile. The installation also has ranges that are second to none and will do everything possible to support training by everyone who comes to Fort McCoy — ECT, battle assembly, mobilization or demobilization.

"The quality of your training event (at Fort McCoy) will be directly proportional to the planning and coordination you put into it," Chesser told unit representatives.

Bill Kasten, DPTMS director, said Fort McCoy can meet any unit’s training needs under the Army Force Generation training model.

The installation’s latest video depicting various training scenarios was shown to the attendees to give them an idea of what type of training they could do at the installation.

Photo: Chris Brown (seated), the Fort McCoy Transportation Motor Pool supervisor, answers questions during the Range and Training Coordination Conference. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Chris Brown (seated), the Fort McCoy Transportation Motor Pool supervisor, answers questions during the Range and Training Coordination Conference. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

"We plan to be ready, responsive and relevant to training in the 21st century," Kasten said.

Attendees also had the opportunity to talk to installation representatives about training needs and support during a round-robin station breakout.

Garrison Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. M. Kevin Dubois reminded the unit representatives they need to adhere to standards to ensure safe training.

This includes wearing Kevlar gear anytime they are training and riding in a tactical vehicle at Fort McCoy. Motorists who need to make cell phone calls also are advised they cannot drive and make calls at the same time. They either need to use a hands-free cell phone or pull to the side of a road to make the call.

For more information or to schedule ranges at Fort McCoy, call the Range Scheduling Section at (608) 388-3721/4142/5313.

 

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