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March 12, 2010

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2010 training to feature exercises, MLRS

By Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff

In the upcoming months, Fort McCoy will host a number of exercises, two Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) units, the Best Warrior Challenge and training by units returning from overseas deployments, said Mark Stelzner, Fort McCoy Range Scheduler.

Operation Platinum Wrench (OPW) and Diamond Saber start in May.

PHOTO: Soldiers from the 340th Quartermaster Detachment of San Antonio conduct perimeter security during a convoy operation scenario as part of the 2009 Combat Support Training Center exercise. File photo
Soldiers from the 340th Quartermaster Detachment of San Antonio conduct perimeter security during a convoy operation scenario as part of the 2009 Combat Support Training Center exercise. File photo

OPW is an Army Reserve maintenance mission directed by the U.S. Army Reserve Command that will support the installation’s maintenance programs through August.

Diamond Saber, a multi-component financial management training exercise, prepares finance Soldiers to conduct future deployments and helps commanders determine training needs.

Operation Essayons, an Army Reserve engineer exercise, will occur during June. It will be the first time the exercise is held at Fort McCoy, Stelzner said.

The Red Dragon exercise also will be held in June, followed by Patriot Warrior in July.

Red Dragon is a Homeland Security Exercise. Patriot Warrior is a simulated, theater-scenario designed training exercise to prepare Soldiers for future deployments.

A Combat Support Training Center exercise will be held in August. The exercise provides participating units with realistic, effective and constructive training in years three and four of the Army Force Generation and Army Reserve Training Strategy.

PHOTO:Spc. Cody Halcom of the 223rd Maintenance Company and Dean Yenter of the Installation Materiel Maintenance Activity work on refurbishing diesel injection pumps as part of Operation Platinum Wrench in 2009.  File photo
Spc. Cody Halcom of the 223rd Maintenance Company and Dean Yenter of the Installation Materiel Maintenance Activity work on refurbishing diesel injection pumps as part of Operation Platinum Wrench in 2009.  File photo

An MLRS unit from Fort Sill, Okla., will train here in the April time frame. An MLRS unit from Fort Hood, Texas, will train here in the September time frame.

The 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, a Wisconsin Army National Guard unit, and the Illinois Army National Guard will conduct more large-scale training events at Fort McCoy in 2010. Both organizations recently completed overseas deployments, he said.

The installation also will host the Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition for Soldiers and noncommissioned officers in July. The winners advance to the Army-level competition, which will be held later in the year.

U.S. Army Hospital units are scheduled to train at Regional Training Site-Medical (RTS-Medical) in June and August, while a Naval Operational Health Support Unit is scheduled to train in August, according to Craig Reshetar, training coordinator for RTS-Medical.

Units and personnel supported by RTS-Medical at Fort McCoy also will participate in the Red Dragon and Patriot Warrior Exercises at Fort McCoy, he said.

Fort McCoy also is home to a number of other organizations that bring military training to the installation, including the 181st Infantry Brigade for mobilization training, the Regional Training Center-Central for premobilization training, the Wisconsin Military Academy, Regional Training Site-Maintenance, the NCO Academy and the 11th Battalion (Military Intelligence), 100th Division Battalion, among others.

Fort McCoy also supports training for Navy, Air Force, and Marine personnel.

For more information about training at Fort McCoy or to schedule training facilities, call 608-388-3721/4142/5313.

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