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January 27, 2012


Regional Training Center-Central ends
premobilization mission at Fort McCoy

Regional Training Center (RTC)-Central conducted its last iteration of premobilization training at Fort McCoy in January.

RTC-Central will hold its Deactivation Ceremony Sunday, Feb. 12 at Fort McCoy. The deactivation of RTC-Central coincides with the end of the mobilization mission at Fort McCoy.
PHOTO: Soldiers provide perimeter security during premobilization training at Fort McCoy. Photo by Rob Schuette
Soldiers provide perimeter security before encountering a potential enemy operation during premobilization training at Fort McCoy. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

RTC-Central was created to provide Army Reserve Soldiers with premobilization training on Theater Specific Individual Readiness Task and Army Warrior Training skills.

This training reduced the average amount of training time for Army Reserve units in mobilized status from 70 to 40 days, adding 30 days “Boots on the Ground” time in-theater.

Soldiers assigned to RTC-Central served on mobilization orders.

The 21-day premobilization cycle began with classroom training on individual weapon systems, language, communications information, first aid, drivers training, the Humvee Egress Assistance Trainer, and improvised explosive devices.

Soldiers then moved to the field to fire and qualify on individually assigned weapons and crew-served weapon systems.

Other training included Land Navigation, Combatives, Grenades, GPS and Defense Advanced GPS Receiver, and electronic simulations.

After individual training, Soldiers participated in urban operations rehearsals and escalation of forces training, which included vehicle/individual search training techniques used at entry control points.

The training cycle culminated with a two day urban/convoy operation which encompassed all tasks the Soldiers learned during the 21-day period.

All in all, this training helped units prepare for the mobilization phase of their training.

This allowed the units to spend less time in mobilization training and concentrate on the mobilization tasks to train to standard in as short a time as possible.

The concept was developed to help the Army meet its goal of having Soldiers serve no longer than 12 months “Boots on Ground.”

RTC-Central staff trained their first Army Reserve Soldiers at Fort McCoy in May 2008. Since then, more than 300 units totaling more than 10,000 Soldiers were trained by RTC-Central.

RTC-Central will hold a deactivation ceremony and casing of the colors Sunday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. at the building 50 auditorium, room 125.

The unit also will hold a farewell dinner Saturday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. at the American Legion in Sparta.

For more information or to RSVP for the dinner, call 608-388-9371/9315 or e-mail Tamaria.mcalpin@usar.army.mil.  


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