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February 26, 2010

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Fort McCoy Range 100 open for
rifle/pistol qualification

Story & Photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff

Range 100 at Fort McCoy is operational and can provide qualification training/firing with M-16 A2 rifles and M-9 pistols at the same facility, said Terry Hoff, Fort McCoy range officer.

The facility is the first at Fort McCoy to offer combined training with the two weapons systems and can be used by troops conducting training, premobilization training, mobilization training and participating in exercises at Fort McCoy, he said.

PHOTO: Fort McCoy’s newest range, a combination rifle/pistol qualification range, is ready for operation. The new range will help improve the installation’s weapons qualification training throughput, while also allowing units to conduct rifle and pistol qualification at the same time, and help encourage unit integrity. The facility is located along Highway 16.
Fort McCoy’s newest range, a combination rifle/pistol qualification range, is ready for operation. The new range will help improve the installation’s weapons qualification training throughput, while also allowing units to conduct rifle and pistol qualification at the same time, and help encourage unit integrity. The facility is located along Highway 16.

“The new combined range takes up less space than two separate ranges and allows the training to be conducted in less time,” Hoff said. “Because units can conduct training at the same location,” it fosters unit integrity.

TCI Architects/Engineers/Contractor of La Crosse, Wis., served as general contractor for the $4 million Major Construction, Army project. The project also included support buildings, such as a tower, classroom, restroom, etc.

Hoff said the new range will help improve Fort McCoy’s throughput for M-16 A2 and M-9 qualifying.

“The new range will help ensure we can provide this training on a priority basis to mobilizing troops, and we can meet the training needs of the other military personnel here in a timely manner,” he said.

The project continues efforts to increase and modernize Fort McCoy’s available training facilities to support all the units conducting training at the installation, he said.

Military units wanting to schedule the use of any range/training facility at Fort McCoy, must contact the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security Range Scheduling Section at 608-388-3721/4142/5313.

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