Selected training areas at McCoy
|A number of training facilities at Fort McCoy have been
renamed to create more of a real-world scenario for military personnel
training at Fort McCoy.
Ed Carns, chief of the Fort McCoy Directorate of Plans, Training,
Mobilization and Security Training Division, said many of the training
villages or areas at Fort McCoy had informal names or numbers in the
terminology the installation used to identify them.
Wherever Soldiers might be deployed to the villages will have formal
names, Carns said. “Giving the villages here names was the simplest way
to give the military personnel coming here to train a consistent
environment that they would find elsewhere.”
The names of deceased garrison commanders were used to provide that
consistency and appropriate names for the installation training
locations, to honor the history of Fort McCoy and to provide a
connection to the installation, he said. It also makes it easier for
troops to find locations on maps by looking for the names.
For example, the Mobile Urban Training-Sites have been renamed Rice
(South Post) and Hughes (North Post).
The two Home Station Training Lanes (HSTL) now have been renamed with
commanders’ names marking important locations on them. For example, HSTL
1 includes the locations Cotts, Dawson, Thomas and Craig. The HSTL 2
includes the locations Connolly, Bush, and Doty.
Several exceptions do exist.
The names of some villages that are closely associated with the training
areas they are located near were renamed to reflect that reality.
Carns said this includes villages near the Badger Drop Zone (now called
Badgertown) and the Young Air Assault Strip (now called Youngstown). The
village near Scotts Junction is called Scotts Junction.
The former Multipurpose Field Training Sites have been renamed Tactical
Training Bases Valor, Patriot and Justice (North Post) and Independence
The Forward Operating Bases will remain Freedom (South Post) and Liberty
In the next several months, Carns said new maps reflecting the changes
are scheduled to be prepared and available for distribution to
authorized personnel and military units.
For information about scheduling training at Fort McCoy, call DPTMS
Range Scheduling at 608-388-4142/3721.