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Training

McCoy FY 08 training outlook good

      Training at Fort McCoy is moving into high gear with an upswing in mobilization training beginning this month and a number of exercises continuing the momentum through the rest of the fiscal year (FY).

Photo: Soldiers set up a perimeter during Fort McCoy NCO Academy Warrior Leader Course field training. The Warrior Leader Course is offered throughout the year for Soldiers in the ranks of private first class to staff sergeants.( Photo by Rob Schuette)
Soldiers set up a perimeter during Fort McCoy NCO Academy Warrior Leader Course field training. The Warrior Leader Course is offered throughout the year for Soldiers in the ranks of private first class to staff sergeants. ( Photo by Rob Schuette)

      By the time the FY 2008 training is done  in September, it's expected that Fort McCoy again will exceed the 100,000 personnel-trained mark.

      The 181st Infantry Brigade is re-consolidating all of its troops at Fort McCoy to help units accomplish training objectives during the upcoming mobilization season. From January through March, large contingents of the Soldiers from the unit were at Camp Shelby, Miss., to assist with Army Training and Evaluation Programs as part of that installation's mobilization process.

      Mark Stelzner, Fort McCoy Scheduling Section chief, said Extended Combat Training (ECT) is expected to pick up at Fort McCoy in April with several units scheduled for two weeks of training.

      These units include the Division West Regional Support Group (weapons training and warrior task training), the 13th, 100th Division (maintenance training) and the Department of Energy (including weapons familiarization training).

      May will include a return visit by the 1st, 101st Field Artillery, an Army National Guard unit from Massachusetts (M-102 105mm howitzer) and Marine Wing Support Squadron 471 (weapons/internal training) of Minneapolis, he said.

      Operation Platinum Wrench, a U.S. Army Reserve Command-directed program to provide Army Reserve maintenance personnel with hands-on equipment repair/rebuild training, will begin in May and is scheduled to run through August at the Installation Maintenance Materiel Activity, Stelzner said.

      Diamond Saber, a finance training exercise, will begin in May and run into June.

Photo: Students in the Fort McCoy NCO Academy Warrior Leader Course assume a defensive posture during a field exercise at a South Post training site. (Photo by Rob Schuette) (The Real McCoy Online Extra)
Students in the Fort McCoy NCO Academy Warrior Leader Course assume a defensive posture during a field exercise at a South Post training site. (Photo by Rob Schuette) 
(The Real McCoy Online Extra)

      Another May-June training highlight will be the scheduled first firing of an Apache helicopter gunship(s) at several ranges at Fort McCoy, Stelzner said.

      The 20th Aviation Brigade of Madison, Wis., recently confirmed its plans to train at McCoy, Stelzner said.

June also will feature the Global Medic 2008 Exercise, the 1044th Transportation Company (ECT), and Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Twenty-Five (ECT).

      Michael Perzel III, the VT Griffin Troop Projects coordinator for Fort McCoy, said Troop Projects will have two major exercises -- the Castle Installation Related Construction (IRC) exercise in June and participation in the Patriot Warrior Exercise in July. VT Griffin is contracted to provide Directorate of Logistics/Public Works services at Fort McCoy.

Castle IRC will include constructing a berm on Forward Operating Base (FOB) Freedom and a Southwest Asia hut on FOB Liberty.

      The units also will construct a K-span building on Range 26 and begin various road improvement projects.

      The 391st Engineer Battalion of Greenville, S.C., will have operational control of Castle IRC.

      Patriot Warrior and Global Patriot exercises will highlight July training.

      Patriot Warrior is an Army reserve-component exercise that will include more than 5,000 personnel.

      Global Patriot is a combined Air Force Air Guard and Army National Guard exercise that will include more than 3,000 personnel.

      The Patriot Warrior Exercise will include construction projects to complete the FOB Freedom berm, and begin road and drainage improvements, Perzel said. The 372nd Engineer Brigade of Fort Snelling, Minn., and the 244th Engineer Battalion of Colorado will be the engineer units involved.

Photo: Soldiers in a Fort McCoy NCO Academy Warrior Leader Course go over preparations for a tactical scenario during the field portion of the course. The course is open to privates first class to staff sergeants through the NCO Academy and is offered throughout the training year. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Soldiers in a Fort McCoy NCO Academy Warrior Leader Course go over preparations for a tactical scenario during the field portion of the course. The course is open to privates first class to staff sergeants through the NCO Academy and is offered throughout the training year. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

      Sgt. Maj. Dennis Koski of the S-3 operations for the 372nd said the training will benefit the operators, construction workers and planners.

       "It will make them even more proficient at their technical tasks while operating in a tactical training environment," he said.

      The July training also includes the 2nd, 123rd Field Artillery of Rock Island, Ill., which will train with 105mm towed howitzers.

      The 229th Engineer Company of Wisconsin will train at Fort McCoy in July and August and assist in Troop Projects work, including improving training roads on South Post, Perzel said. That will lead to the eventual relocation of the rock-crushing operations.

      Other Troop Projects include support from the 327th Engineer Company of Onalaska, Wis., (constructing portable sheds, repairing guard towers and other missions), the 106th Engineer Team (Quarry) of Tomah, Wis., (helping with preliminary work to relocate the rock-crushing operations) and NMCB-25 personnel.

      "This will be the busiest construction season for the Soldiers since I started here in 2003," Perzel said.

      The Red Dragon Exercise, a homeland defense scenario, also will be held in August. The 415th Chemical Brigade of Greenville, S.C., will be among the units participating in the exercise.

      For more information about training opportunities at Fort McCoy, call the Scheduling Section at (608) 388-3721/3713/4142.

 

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