|The Combined Arms Collective Training Facility (CACTF)
at Fort McCoy has been completed and is ready for use.
Terry Hoff, Fort McCoy Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and
Security Range officer, said the new facility will provide
state-of-the-art urban combat training opportunities.
A view of the municipal building at the Combined Arms Collective
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Units up to the size of a battalion task force can train at the
facility. “Training will include the use of simulated munitions and also
include force-on-force or force-on-target training,” Hoff said.
The CACTF has 25 support buildings representing multi-story residential,
commercial, government, business and industrial operations. Underground
tunnel/sewer training areas also provide urban combat training.
Hoff said the fully instrumented complex includes about 80 percent
camera coverage of the facility interiors as well as three exterior
cameras. Instrumentation support will include the sounds and smells of
A 100-seat after-action review (AAR) theater is available for unit use.
The CACTF will be used to support training exercises, he said.
Contracted personnel will support operation and maintenance of the
complex. The general contractor for the construction of the complex was
Alacran Contracting LLC of Rockford, Ill. The Army Corps of Engineers
oversaw the $14 million project.
Regional Training Site-Medical personnel will develop one of the CACTF
buildings into a medical clinic facility, Hoff said.
Col. Brad Richardson, RTS-Medical Site director, said a medical clinic
also will be developed in Harrison, a container-type urban training site
near the CACTF. (See related story.)
A view of several urban combat facilities in the Combined Arms
Collective Training Facility at Fort McCoy.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
“The facilities should be redesigned and complete by the time the
peak season training begins later this year,” Richardson said. “The
medical clinics will be similar to what Soldiers would see in
Afghanistan or Third-World medicine.”
Urban training facilities also are available at the nearby Rice area,
formerly called the Mobile Urban Training Site-South, Hoff said. The 354
container buildings at Harrison and Rice will bring the total number of
buildings available for urban combat training to more than 375 buildings
in a 3.5-kilometer stretch.
“These facilities (in Rice and Harrison) are mobile,” Hoff said. “They
can be reconfigured to meet unit training requirements or to meet new
training scenarios/standards required by the Army.”
The Rice training area includes a search-site exploitation facility,
which has four two-story buildings representing occupied houses. The
houses have hidden locations, such as false walls, to provide training
scenarios, he said.
These training areas also can be used in addition to or in conjunction
with two Home Station Training Lanes (HSTL), each about 8 kilometers
long, on South Post.
Each HSTL replicates an urban environment that includes traffic circles,
culverts, overpasses, bridges, and divided highways, among others.
Organizations wishing to use these training facilities/areas, including
the CACTF, can call Range Scheduling at 608-388-4142 or 608-388-3721.