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Regional Training Center-North 
standing up at McCoy

By Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff

      A new Regional Training Center (RTC) is standing up at Fort McCoy and is scheduled to be operational by May 1 to provide premobilization training on Theater Specific Individual Readiness Tasks and Army Warrior Training (AWT) Skills to Army Reserve Units.

      Col. David R. Mooney, commander of the RTC-North at Fort McCoy, said the RTC concept is the result of a Chief of the Army Reserve initiative to reduce the length of time units spend conducting predeployment training.

      "This will increase their time spent in theater 'boots-on-the-ground' when they're deployed," Mooney said.

"We want to get the Soldiers trained as expediently as possible."

Col. David R. Mooney,
Commander, RTC-North at Fort McCoy

      Units going through the process are assigned unit assistors from First Army who will be at the organizations to help guide the Soldiers through the mobilization process. First Army will advise the units to prepare them for full-time duty.

      The RTC-North will be staffed by mobilized Soldiers who will train Army Reserve units in a premobilization status to Army standards in such tasks as weapons qualifications, AWTs and Theater-Specific Individual Readiness Tasks. Training provided by the RTC also will include live-fire exercises, military operations on urbanized terrain, search operations and convoy training.

      "The shorter the time it takes units to do individual tasks, the longer they have to train on collective tasks," Mooney said. "From a training standpoint, repetitive training on collective tasks can help develop unit cohesion."

      Lt. Col. George Shott of the Joint Training Coordination Cell of the Fort McCoy Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security said the installation is providing interim facilities in the 700 block to support the RTC.

      "(RTCs are being implemented) as the Army Reserve transitions from being a strategic reserve to an operational force," Shott said. "The days of going to a mobilization station for six months (before deploying) are gone. Personnel now need to train to standard in as short a time as possible."

McCoy 1 of 4 RTCs planned

      In addition to Regional Training Center (RTC)-North at Fort McCoy, the U.S. Army Reserve Command-directed plan envisions three other RTCs  to serve Soldiers throughout the country.

      The other RTCs are:

  • RTC-West, at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., already is online.

  • RTC-East, at Fort. Dix, N.J. became operational March 1.

  • RTC-South is planned at a site to be determined.

      This concept was developed from lessons learned by leaders who witnessed flaws in recent mobilizations for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, he said.

      The RTC concept also will provide individualized training support that can be used to help support the Combat Support Training Center (CSTC) concept. The CSTC will support collective training missions for combat-support, combat-service-support units, Shott said.

      The CSTC concept includes a large influx of new equipment at the sites -- about 1,300 pieces of equipment at the Equipment Concentration Site-67 at Fort McCoy -- that will allow Army Reserve units to conduct large-scale collective training during years three and four of the five-year Army Reserve cyclic-readiness concept. This was established as part of the Army Force Generation five-year model.

      The equipment can be used to support other training, as needed, if it isn't being used to support the CSTC.

      "We can expect further revisions to the RTC's role in the training process," Mooney said. "We want to get the Soldiers trained as expediently as possible."             

      "If we work smart and together, this makes the maximum use of the installation's facilities and increases efficiencies," he said.

      The RTC-North strives for the best use of classroom space, and student to instructor and equipment ratios to ensure all Soldiers get the necessary support to accomplish individual premobilization training, he said.


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