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Kentucky unit arrives for training at McCoy 

Story and Photos By Tom Michele, 
The Real McCoy Contributor

      Kentucky Army National Guard engineer Soldiers didn't bring snow shovels to Wisconsin March 3, although they do have some snow in the Bluegrass State.

      But the hundreds of Soldiers of the 201st Engineer Battalion and the 206th Engineer Battalion did get some weather shock when they stepped off the four aircraft at Volk Field. They left their home state in 70 degree weather and put their noses to the near zero degree wind at the Volk ramp.

      The Kentuckians arrived for their approximately two-month mobilization training at Fort McCoy before they depart for Operation Enduring Freedom.

      Some of the unit's initial training is indoors at their new "My Old Kentucky Home" at Forward Operating Base Justice, on the inside western edge of the cantonment area of the McCoy Triad.

      Their training will be mostly specific to the new Southwestern Asian environment they will be working in for about one year, and it won't be like their state song, "My Old Kentucky Home."

      But, on March 10, as many of them headed out to the live-fire small arms weapons firing areas, there was still at least a foot of snow on the ground.

Photo: 201st Engineer Battalion Soldiers climb onto a bus at Volk Field after having exited an aircraft in the background. The bus took the Soldiers to Fort McCoy  where they are undergoing mobilization training. (Photo by Tom Michele)
201st Engineer Battalion Soldiers climb onto a bus at Volk Field after having exited an aircraft in the background. The bus took the Soldiers to Fort McCoy  where they are undergoing mobilization training.     
 

Photo: Soldiers from the 201st Engineer Battalion deplane from an aircraft at Volk Field, Wis. Unit members are the first large contingent of military personnel who will come to Fort McCoy during 2008 for mobilization training to prepare for deployment. Unit members will deploy from Fort McCoy later this year to support Operation Enduring Freedom. (Photo by Tom Michele)
Soldiers from the 201st Engineer Battalion deplane from an aircraft at Volk Field, Wis. Unit members are the first large contingent of military personnel who will come to Fort McCoy during 2008 for mobilization training to prepare for deployment. Unit members will deploy from Fort McCoy later this year to support Operation Enduring Freedom.

Photo: Soldiers from the 201st Engineer Battalion assist with unloading duffle bags at Volk Field after unit members flew in from Kentucky. The duffle bags were unloaded from an airplane onto a truck at Volk Field to be taken to Fort McCoy. At Fort McCoy, unit members are undergoing mobilization training to prepare to deploy to support Operation Enduring Freedom. (Photo by Tom Michele)
Soldiers from the 201st Engineer Battalion assist with unloading duffle bags at Volk Field after unit members flew in from Kentucky . The duffle bags were unloaded from an airplane onto a truck at Volk Field to be taken to Fort McCoy . At Fort McCoy , unit members are undergoing mobilization training to prepare to deploy to support Operation Enduring Freedom.

Photo: Soldiers from the 201st Engineer Battalion prepare for a bus ride as an NCO takes a headcount of the troops. The  troops had just deplaned at Volk Field, Wis., after a flight from Kentucky. The Soldiers were on their way to Fort McCoy for mobilization training that will help prepare them for a mission to support Operation Enduring Freedom. (Photo by Tom Michele)
Soldiers from the 201st Engineer Battalion prepare for a bus ride as an NCO takes a headcount of the troops. The  troops had just deplaned at Volk Field, Wis., after a flight from Kentucky. The Soldiers were on their way to Fort McCoy for mobilization training that will help prepare them for a mission to support Operation Enduring Freedom.

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