|Story & photos by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Regional Training Site (RTS)-Maintenance at Fort McCoy has been
reaccredited, and, in the process, earned its third-consecutive
Institution of Excellence (IOE) designation.
RTS-Maintenance provides vehicle and equipment repair and maintenance
training to members of the Army Reserve and other Army branches.
Quartermaster training at Regional Training Site-Maintenance
Fort McCoy teaches students about the workings and maintenance
requirements of a pump.
Maj. Victor O. McGee, RTS-Maintenance commandant, said the
reaccreditation is valid for three years. Prior
accreditation/reaccreditation occurred in 2006 and 2009.
Every RTS-Maintenance organization must be accredited, McGee said. “The
Institution of Excellence designation shows we go above and beyond the
call to provide training support to our students.”
Soldiers who train at RTS-Maintenance Fort McCoy spread the word about
the quality training back to their units and other peers, which helps
attract repeat and new customers for training, McGee said.
The IOE rating also helps ensure RTS-Maintenance maintains a fluid and
strong student population, which ranges from 550 to 650 students a year.
Available courses include training for heavy wheeled mechanics,
construction equipment repairers, and quartermaster and chemical
equipment repairers. Additional skill identifiers are available in
laundry equipment operations and vehicle recovery.
Specialized/sustainment training is available in the Standard Army
Maintenance System 1-E (F2) computer programming in a unit motor pool,
inspector certification and additional duty armorers course.
RTS-Maintenance instructors also provide Noncommissioned Officer
Education System military occupational specialty specific technical
Depending on the needs of the Army, RTS-Maintenance might receive a
number of “pop-up” or special training requests from its higher commands
in addition to its normal training population, McGee said. Another
advantage of the IOE rating is RTS-Maintenance receives newer equipment,
which helps to support its mission.
Personnel from a 91B Heavy Wheel Mechanic basic-level course
train on Humvee maintenance at the Regional Training
Site-Maintenance Fort McCoy. Course instructor Staff Sgt. Dan
Schauf (center) answers questions and offers assistance.
Chief Warrant Officer 4 David Clayton, support maintenance
technician, said the organization looks to continuous improvement and
already has begun preparing to meet the standards for the next
Maintaining the IOE rating also helps ensure RTS-Maintenance attracts
the best instructors. Instructors, who are senior noncommissioned
officers, often contact the organization to see what positions are open
or will become open.
“We also apply the standards to our guest instructors,” Clayton said.
“If they don’t meet our standards, they’re not invited back to instruct
Master Sgt. Christine Wolf, RTS-Maintenance chief instructor, said the
IOE rating helps ensure instructors who meet RTS-Maintenance standards
have a good military career progression.
An IOE rating represents excellence not just for RTS-Maintenance
students and cadre, but also for Fort McCoy support, McGee said.
Representatives from the Ordnance School conduct the reaccreditation
inspection in conjunction with the Training and Doctrine Command.
The inspection includes examining the installation organizations that
support the students, such as lodging, food service, physical fitness
opportunities and quality-of-life activities, such as Morale, Welfare
and Recreation (MWR) offerings.
The organization is evaluated on 24 standards to ensure the students
receive quality training, she said.
“The inspectors went to the food service facilities, the Rumpel Fitness
Center, Army Lodging, etc., and examined everything, including the rooms
students stay in here during their training,” Wolf said. “They were very
RTS-Maintenance partners with the installation to help ensure all
organizations succeed, Clayton said. If MWR activities do not receive
sufficient use, for example, they may be discontinued and
RTS-Maintenance students will have less quality-of-life support.
McGee added it is vital RTS-Maintenance has the support of everyone on
the installation to succeed.
“We owe the success of our school to the success of Fort McCoy as a
whole,” McGee said. “As Fort McCoy gets better, we get better. The
Institution of Excellence designation represents not just the excellence
of the school but of good leadership on the installation.”
Fort McCoy support includes assistance from such organizations as the
Real Property Planning Board, which helps the organization get the types
of property it needs to support training, McGee said. Directorate of
Public Works personnel also provide a quick response to ensure its
facility needs are met in a timely manner, he added.