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January 25, 2013

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$14 million CACTF ready to support urban combat training at McCoy

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.
PHOTO: A view of the municipal building at the Combined Arms Collective Training Facility. Photo by Rob Schuette
A view of the municipal building at the Combined Arms Collective Training Facility.
(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 combat operations.

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.)

PHOTO: A view of several urban combat facilities in the Combined Arms Collective Training Facility. Photo by Rob Schuette
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.

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