personnel training in urban military tactics at Fort McCoy are finding
more-realistic scenarios because of a new visual aid that makes
buildings appear more similar to what they will find in-theater.
Schwark, the contracted site lead for Advanced System Technologies of
the Warrior Training Alliance, said the material, called Military
Wraps™, can be applied to the exterior or interior of buildings to
replicate features found in Iraq or Afghanistan, for example.
Larry Leetz (left) and George
Kresse of Military Wraps™ Defense System Company apply a vinyl
product to a building in the MUTS-North area.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
has added furniture, which is similar to what would be found in those
buildings in-theater, to further replicate the overseas environment.
the buildings look as realistic as possible,” Schwark said. “Soldiers
who have trained here before and served in-theater are telling us this
is a much better depiction of what they encountered in-country.”
Kracker of the Military Wraps™ Defense System Company of Lumberton,
N.C., said the vinyl material is affixed to the walls and can depict a
number of features, including signs, vegetation, windows, paintings,
window sills, etc. The application process is similar to hanging
done this at a number of military installations,” Kracker said. Military
installations where the material has been used include Fort Hood, Texas;
Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Huachuca, Ariz.; and Redstone Arsenal, Ala., he
product has a multi-year warranty and can be replaced fairly easily, if
necessary, to reflect changing in-theater conditions, Kracker said. “The
material is very durable, and easy to fix with scrap material if it is
damaged through training.”
said the material and the furniture creates a very realistic environment
for personnel training on clearing buildings or rooms in buildings.
Regional Training Center-Central, which conducts premobilization
training for Army Reserve Soldiers at Fort McCoy, and the 181st Infantry
Brigade, which coordinates the mobilization training at Fort McCoy, have
used the improved facilities.
there’s no furniture or obstacles, it’s fairly easy to clear rooms,”
Schwark said. “The obstacles make it more realistic and force personnel
to conduct the scenarios more carefully as they would do in-theater.”
material is being installed at both Mobile Urban Training Sites (MUTS)
North and South and Home Station Training Lanes 1 and 2. The material is
used on both the exterior and interior of buildings on MUTS-North, and
only the exterior of buildings on MUTS-South and the Home Station
said the MUTS-North facilities have more technology available, such as
cameras for after-action reports, noise and smoke technology, etc.
Hoff, range officer for Fort McCoy’s Directorate of Plans, Training,
Mobilization and Security (DPTMS), said the project resulted from
feedback received from servicemembers who served in-theater and is
another step DPTMS took to make its training facilities appear as
realistic as possible.
an improved immersive environment, which more closely represents the
current operating environments being encountered by our Soldiers,” Hoff
facilities can be used by units conducting mobilization training,
premobilization training or other authorized training, he said.
information about scheduling training at Fort McCoy, call DPTMS Range
Scheduling at 608-388-3721/3713/5313.