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March 09, 2012


FY 2012 training at McCoy to include extended combat training, exercises

By Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff

Extended combat training (ECT) and a number of exercises will make use of Fort McCoy ranges and training facilities through the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2012, according to the installation Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security.
Army Reserve Soldiers extinguish a flame in a second-story controlled-burn room during the 2011 Combat Support Training Exercise at Fort McCoy. File photo
Army Reserve Soldiers extinguish a flame in a second-story controlled-burn room during the 2011 Combat Support Training Exercise at Fort McCoy. (File photo)

Terry Hoff, Fort McCoy Training officer, said improvements made to the ranges over the past few years, as a result of scheduled projects to support training and mobilization, have positioned the installation to handle almost any type of training units would want to conduct. The majority of the work was completed by contracts funded by the U.S. Army Reserve Command, he said.

“We can handle anything from individual training, such as sighting and qualifying with the Army’s inventory of weapons, to brigade-level training, including going through urban combat training scenarios,” Hoff said. “The projects we have completed recently and those nearing completion and coming up will help us continue to support training.”

Mark Stelzner, Fort McCoy range scheduler, said units conducting ECT through the remainder of FY 2012 will conduct training ranging from infantry to artillery to classroom work.

Elements of the Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Massachusetts Army National Guard, and Army Reserve units from throughout the Midwest will come to train at Fort McCoy, Stelzner said. Several U.S Marine Corps units also are scheduled to train at Fort McCoy.

PHOTO: Soldiers interact with villagers during a training mission at Fort McCoy. File photo
Members of the 82nd Agribusiness Development Team interact with villagers, played by members of the Recruit Sustainment Program’s Detachment One, Company A, during a training mission at Fort McCoy. The unit conducted pre-deployment training at the installation. (File photo)

The 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Wisconsin Army National Guard will conduct an ECT in April to help jump start the installation’s training schedule. The 13th Battalion, 100th Regiment, an ordnance unit, is instructing 89B (ammunition specialist) military occupational specialty training through May.

Field artillery units, such as the 1st of the 121st Field Artillery, also will be training at Fort McCoy in April and May.

In June, the 101st Field Artillery and the 67th Troop Command will conduct training.

The 352nd Combat Support Hospital and the 322nd Medical Company will train at Regional Training Site-Medical.

Units conducting ECT training in July include the 106th Aviation, the 801st Combat Support Hospital, the 32nd Military Police Company, and the 229th Engineer Company. The Marine Air Control Group-48 (MACG-48) will conduct a corporal’s course.

August training includes the 132nd Support Group of the Wisconsin Army National Guard, the 2nd, 24th Marines and the 32nd Infantry Combat Team.

“The 101st and the MACG-48 are repeat customers who have been coming here for the past several years,” Stelzner said. “We’re ready to support all training requests we get.”

The summer also will include eight exercises, providing training in everything from finance to engineer to urban combat and medical skills.

All exercises held at Fort McCoy in FY 2011 will return, including Red Dragon (Home Security/Defense), Diamond Saber (finance), Essayons (engineers), Patriot (Army National Guard and Air National Guard), Warrior Exercise (WAREX) and Global Medic (urban combat and medical training), and two Combat Support Training Exercises (CSTX — Army Reserve).
The 86th Training Division will support the WAREX and CSTX events. The 181st Infantry Brigade also will provide observer-controller-trainer support to the WAREX and CSTX scenarios.

The Best Warrior Competition, which selects the Army Reserve noncommissioned officer (NCO) and Soldier of the Year, also will return to Fort McCoy.

The Regional Best Warrior Competition will be held in June and the Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition will be held here in July.

Personnel from the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Fort McCoy actively are supporting the coordination and ground support for both events on behalf of the garrison.

The Army Reserve winners will move on to compete for the Army-level NCO and Soldier of the Year titles.

Stelzner said units will train with Fort McCoy tenant activities Regional Training Site-Maintenance, the Staff Sgt. Todd R. Cornell NCO Academy, and the Wisconsin Military Academy, among others.

For more information about training at Fort McCoy, call Fort McCoy Range Scheduling at 608-388-4121/5317.

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