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