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March 22, 2013

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McCoy earns Joint National Training certification

Fort McCoy has completed the process to become a certified Joint National Training Capability (JNTC) site. The JNTC certification recognizes the installation can train servicemembers from any branch of the Department of Defense (DoD).

Craig Meeusen, chief of the Fort McCoy Training Coordination Branch for the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, said the installation applied for the designation after completing much of the background work necessary to prepare for certification while conducting the Global Medic 2012 Exercise.

“Global Medic involves Soldiers and Airmen,” Meeusen said. “The certification not only says we can accommodate the exercise, but the site can handle the training for all services.”

Meeusen said the designation is likely to help the installation attract other joint-force training and exercises.

JNTC-certified sites are recognized for adhering to standards and best practices that enable an appropriate and adequate joint context for training, he said.

Personnel from the DoD certification team visited the installation last September to complete an on-site examination.

Certification deals with sites and systems. Meeusen said the certification team confirmed the installation’s technical structure is capable of supporting the installation’s training on selected joint tasks.

Installations seeking JNTC certification are rated on eight factors, which are: program management; communications/knowledge and information management; live-virtual-constructive; training feedback, after-action review tools, instrumentation and data collection; opposing forces/situation forces; configuration management; integrated logistic support; and environmental management.

“We had support from installation personnel across the spectrum, from the Network Enterprise Center, to the Directorate of Logistics, to the Training Support/Simulation section, to help us meet the criteria in these eight functional areas,” Meeusen said. “They played an important role in helping us earn the certification.”

Fort McCoy now is updating its capability information on the Joint Force Trainer Toolkit website.

The website — https://intelshare.intelink.gov/sites/jko/jntc_ac/default.aspx — will provide Fort McCoy training information to units looking for training that meets JNTC standards and best practices. Meeusen said he expects the update to be completed and available within the next 30 to 60 days.

Information will highlight Fort McCoy’s training ranges; training acreage; specialized training, such as two live-fire shoothouses and the Combined Arms Collective Training Facility; simulation equipment/training availability; and training feedback through after-action review tools, instrumentation and data collection, he said.

Additional information will include the installation’s available billeting space to support up to 10,000 personnel, cold-weather training opportunities, forward operating bases, airfield seizure and bridging operations, and several of the exercises it supports.

Brad Stewart, DPTMS director, said the designation will benefit the installation by potentially helping to attract more units/personnel for its exercises and other training.

The certification also reinforces Strategic Objective 3 in the Fort McCoy Strategic Business Plan — maintaining and expanding the Fort McCoy military customer training base, Stewart said.

The website also provides information from other DoD installations that have JNTC certification. Meeusen said the recent certification of Fort McCoy brings the total number of Army organizations certified to nine.

A total of 43 organizations in the Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy and Combatant Commander Sites have been certified, including the Combat Readiness Training Center at Volk Field.

“Being one of the certified locations allows us to share our best practices with other organizations and learn from their successful policies,” Meeusen said. “We also can coordinate training with the other sites, such as Volk Field.”

Another function of the certification is to identify capability shortfalls, Meeusen said, and receive recommendations about how to alleviate and fix these issues from the certification team.

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