[ The Real McCoy Online Home ]                                                                                                                  February 22, 2008
Mobilization

McCoy to add 3rd Forward 
Operating Base to inventory

By Lacey Justinger, The Real McCoy Contributor

      Freedom, liberty and justice. These words are found in numerous patriotic songs and pledges, and are synonymous with images of American flags, white picket fences, apple pie and baseball. They also are the names of Fort McCoy Forward Operating Bases (FOBs).

Photo: A tree line, a creek and West 12th Avenue form a natural perimeter for Forward Operating Base Justice, which will be located in the 2600 block at Fort McCoy. (Photo by Lacey Justinger)
A tree line, a creek and West 12th Avenue form a natural perimeter for Forward Operating Base Justice, which will be located in the 2600 block at Fort McCoy. (Photo by Lacey Justinger)

      Plans for FOB Justice are being finalized, and the FOB will be operational later this year. Darrell Neitzel, director of the Directorate of Public Works, said FOB Justice will be located in the installation's 2600 block.

      This will allow large engineering battalions adequate space to train on brigade and battalion headquarters procedures and logistics, before deploying in support of Operations Iraqi or Enduring Freedom.

      FOB Justice will be bordered on the southeast end with an existing tree line and a creek bed.  Plastic fences will delineate the FOB perimeters from West 12th Avenue to West 13th Avenue, and Soldiers will maintain First Army training requirements with entry-control points and security patrols on the crossroads.

      Current mobilization housing timetables have Soldiers living in and operating out of the FOBs from their first day boots-on-ground at Fort McCoy.  Soldiers will complete individual task training at Liberty, unit collective training at Freedom and then transfer to Justice for the remaining time before they deploy.

      FOBs play a central role in deploying Soldiers' theater-immersion training, which realistically replicates in-theater environments and situations.

      Theater-immersion training was introduced as a foundation of mobilization training by former First Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré.                  

      The theater-immersion training provides Soldiers with specific combat, survival and warrior skills that will allow them to instinctively respond to threats and situations they will encounter overseas.

(Justinger is a public affairs specialist for Eagle Systems and Services Inc., contractor for CONUS Support Base Services.)

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