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