McCoy earns Joint National Training
|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
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 —
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
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.