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