|Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and
Security (DPTMS) representatives from Fort McCoy joined Volk Field
during a Feb. 21 distinguished visitor’s event to showcase the strategic
partnership between the two installations and the joint, interagency,
intergovernmental, and multinational training capabilities available at
Attendees included military commanders, civilian government personnel,
and the Israeli Defense liaison officer to the National Guard Bureau.
Brad Stewart (right), director of Fort McCoy’s Plans, Training,
Mobilization and Security, gives a tour of the Fort McCoy
Combined Arms Collective Training Facility to personnel who
attended a distinguished visitor’s event. Col. Julie Gerety
(center) of the Joint Forces Headquarters-Wisconsin and Brendan
Smith, Volk Field Antiterrorism officer/Community Program
liaison officer, were members of a group touring Fort McCoy
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Brad Stewart, director of Fort McCoy’s DPTMS, said after the Volk
Field session he brought interested personnel back to Fort McCoy for a
tour, highlighting the Combined Arms Collective Training Facility (CACTF),
the CACTF after-action review facilities, urban villages, instrumented
Home Station Training Lanes, Forward Operating Base Freedom and the
Medical Simulation Training Center.
“The tour gave them a glimpse of many of the training venues Volk Field
and Fort McCoy have that complement each other,” Stewart said. “The
day’s activities showed them the strategic partnership we can have with
Volk Field and the cost-saving opportunities available with a joint
partnership and multi-component approach toward training. With all the
training environments we have available at both locations, it is like
going to Disney World — you have to choose which rides you want to ride
in the amount time you have available.”
All attendees realized the tremendous number of venues available for
them to train their forces, he said.
Stewart said as a result, commanders and civilian leaders began
scheduling staff rides and site surveys for future training
During the tour, visitors witnessed the 911th Technical Engineer Company
train at Volk Field’s Regional Emergency All-Climate Training (REACT)
The Engineer Company first sergeant provided a briefing on the
search-and-rescue training requirements, certification, and procedures
employed in military and civilian environments, he said.
The 911th Engineer Company is assigned to the Joint Forces
Headquarters-National Capital Region, which is its primary area of
The company previously trained and obtained its certification in Ocala,
Fla., but learned about Volk Field’s REACT Center and decided to change
its training venue because of the more complex, demanding training
Many search-and-rescue operations are caused by natural disaster events,
such as snowstorms, tornadoes or hurricanes.
The REACT Center provides the different conditions these technical
companies may have to operate in.
Other attendees included representatives of the Joint Forces
Headquarters-Wisconsin, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the
Department of Justice.
“The attendees represented state, federal and international
organizations,” Stewart said. “It shows that we’re all working together
to look for cost-saving training opportunities.”
Stewart said the event and McCoy’s participation helped reiterate that
Fort McCoy and Volk Field are a team and can work together to train
deploying units to accomplish their missions, whether they are deploying
stateside or outside the continental U.S.
An example of joint training that includes Army, Air Force, and
interagency personnel is the annual Exercise, Operation Patriot, which
will be held in July at Fort McCoy and Volk Field, Stewart said.
C-17 cargo aircraft will be dispatched from both locations to respond to
medical or patient evacuations.
With Fort McCoy and Volk Field being only about 23 miles apart, joint
training also gives military commands a chance to conduct exercises with
participating units being located in distributed locations.
Stewart said he hoped the distinguished visitor’s day event showcased
Fort McCoy’s training opportunities to a wider audience and will help
the installation, in cooperation with Volk Field, attract more joint