|(Editor’s note: “SPOTLIGHT” is a continuing series
about tenant activities and missions at Fort McCoy.)
What is it?
The 426th Regiment, Regional Training Institute (RTI) provides
professional military training for members of the Wisconsin Army
National Guard (ARNG).
The 426th RTI is the sole occupant of the Wisconsin Military Academy
(WMA) facility, building 90, at Fort McCoy.
Soldiers attending the Field Artillery (13B4O) Phase I, Advanced
Leader Course, train on declinating the M2A2 Aiming Circle to
obtain a reference point to emplace a howitzer.
(Photo by Theresa Fitzgerald)
The 426th RTI is one of four major subordinate commands assigned to
the Wisconsin ARNG. Subordinate units of the 426th RTI are the Training
Site Command, and Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment and its two
battalions, the 1st Battalion, 426 Regiment (Field Artillery), and the
2nd Battalion, 426 Regiment (Modular Training).
The Training Site Command ensures the facility is operational. The WMA
has 12 classrooms; Dailey Hall, which is a large conference room; a
distance learning lab; a dormitory; a dining facility; and a simulation
wing. The simulation wing features a Virtual Convoy Operator Trainer, an
Engagement Skills Trainer 2000, a Laser Collective Combat Advanced
Training System, a Blue Force Tracker Trainer, a High-Mobility
Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle Egress Assistance Trainer, a Mine-Resistant
Ambush Protected rollover trainer, and a Call for Fire Trainer.
The 1st Battalion, 426 RTI teaches military occupational specialty
courses for Cannon Crewmember (13B), Advance Field Artillery Tactics
Data System operator (13D), Fire Support Specialist (13F), and the
additional skill identifier course for Maintenance of Howitzers (U6).
The 2nd Battalion, 426 RTI teaches Health Care Specialist (68W), Motor
Transport Operator (88W), National Registry Emergency Medical
Technician, Army Basic Instructor course, Small Group Instructor course,
Officer Candidate School (OCS), Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS)
and Master Resilience Trainer (MRT).
The WMA originally was located at Camp Douglas and moved to the
installation in 1995 following construction of building 90.
What have they done?
The RTI conducts classes year-round. During training year 2012, the RTI
supported training of 903 personnel. MRT is conducted monthly, primarily
for ARNG Soldiers but also to reserve- and active-component Soldiers and
Department of the Army civilians. Last year, the MRT reached a milestone
certifying its 1,000th trainer.
Throughout the years, the RTI has partnered with the Nicaraguan army by
sending Soldiers to Nicaragua to work with the Nicaraguan army’s field
artillery personnel. Last year, the Nicaraguan army sent four
noncommissioned officer academy officers here to observe WMA training
In February, members of the 1st Battalion, 426th Regiment trained a
California ARNG field artillery platoon on a recently fielded field
artillery piece, the M777A2 155 mm howitzer.
The WMA also supports other activities on the installation, including
changes of command cannon firing, Soldier of the Year boards, and State
Best Warrior competitions. Its facilities are used for retirement
seminars conducted by the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, and the
annual Retiree Appreciation Day.
What do they have planned?
Two OCS commissioning ceremonies will be held this year. A WOCS
commissioning ceremony will be held in August.
Several live-fire field artillery exercises will be conducted within the
next few months.
The facility is also scheduled to support upcoming Warrior Exercises
with billeting and classrooms. Long-range plans for the WMA include the
construction of more classrooms, another billeting wing, and more
simulation pods. The plans are dependent on military construction
Why are they important?
The RTI provides a wide variety of courses that are critical for Soldier
qualification and progression, unit readiness and developing the leaders
The simulation facility at the WMA is available to Wisconsin ARNG,
reserve- and active-component units conducting training here.
The billeting facility provides an on-post, cost-competitive lodging
alternative for units conducting training on the installation.
For more information, call 608-388-9900 (front desk); 608-388-9908
(facility scheduling); or 608-388-9933 (regimental operations). The
website is at