Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
large-scale exercises or training events will highlight Fiscal Year
2009 training at Fort McCoy, while training officials expect overall
numbers to continue their upward trend beginning with a unit here for
extended combat training in March.
Soldiers from the 377th Military
Police Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, pull security around a
Humvee before entering a Mobile Urban Training Site village
during Patriot Warrior 2008.
training also is picking up. The installation served a steady stream
of units demobilizing and returning to their home stations during the
Stelzner, Fort McCoy Supervisory Range Scheduler for the Directorate
of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, said the planned
training is expected to help the installation surpass the
100,000-personnel trained mark in FY 2009, which began Oct. 1, 2008
and will end Sept. 30, 2009.
732nd Combat Support Service Battalion of Tomah, Wis., is bringing
almost 100 Soldiers to Fort McCoy in March for training to jump start
first of six exercises and a large-scale maintenance program scheduled
for the spring and summer months begins with the Diamond Saber 2009
exercise in May. During this exercise, Army Reserve financial units
train on various finance tasks as part of a real-world training
scenario. The 336th Finance Command of Lake Charles, La., will serve
as the exercise’s command-and-control.
Platinum Wrench, a U.S. Army Reserve Command-directed maintenance
program, also begins in May at the Installation Materiel Maintenance
Activity. The 646th Regional Support Group of Madison, Wis., will
function as the command-and-control unit for this exercise.
307th Headquarters and Headquarters Division of Salt Lake City will be
the command-and-control unit for the Global Medic Exercise, which will
be held in June. The 7246th Installation Medical Support Unit also
will be here for training in June.
other significant training events are scheduled to occur in June. The
6th Engineer Support Battalion of the U.S. Marine Corps of Portland,
Ore., will conduct training. The 415th Chemical Brigade of Greenville,
S.C. Company will be the lead unit for Red Dragon, a Homeland Security
exercises will be held in July, the Combat Support Training Center
(CSTC) Proof of Principal (PoP) and the Patriot Exercise 2009.
CSTC PoP exercise will be the test run for an organization that is
described as similar to the active Army’s combat training centers.
The CSTC’s administrative area is scheduled to open in renovated
buildings at Fort McCoy in 2010.
Exercise 2009, a joint Air Guard and Army National Guard exercise,
will have the 147th Brigade Support Battalion of the Colorado Army
National Guard acting as the command-and-control unit.
Warrior 2009, an Army Reserve exercise that replicates combat
conditions, will be held in August and also may include military
personnel from other countries.
223rd Military Police Company of the Kentucky Army National Guard is
among the units involved in the exercise.
also will include training by the 2nd, 24th U.S. Marine Corps of
Chicago at Fort McCoy.
returning training in the upcoming months includes a return visit by
the 20th Combat Aviation Brigade of the Missouri Army National Guard
and the U.S. Army Reserve Command Best Warrior Competition.
20th will train with Apache helicopters for the second consecutive
year at Fort McCoy.
Best Warrior Competition is an event to select the Army Reserve
Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year to compete in the
year, both the Army Soldier and NCO of the Year were from the reserve
Army Soldier of the Year won the Army Reserve Soldier of the Year
competition at Fort McCoy.
more information about training opportunities at Fort McCoy, military
personnel can contact Range Scheduling at 608-388-3721/4142/5313.