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Throughout 2009, Fort McCoy will celebrate a Century of Service to America. Each issue of The Real McCoy Online will feature a historical photo and tidbits of history from our past.

Photo: Extensive damage to the Camp McCoy main telephone exchange occurred as the result of three early-morning bombings in 1970. A federal grand jury indicted three Soldiers on charges they stole explosives and bombed the facility. Fort McCoy is observing Information Assurance Month during April. Fort McCoy marks "A Century of Service" during 2009. (History Center Photo)
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Damage from bombings ...

Extensive damage to the Camp McCoy main telephone exchange occurred as the result of three early-morning bombings in 1970. A federal grand jury indicted three Soldiers on charges they stole explosives and bombed the facility. Fort McCoy is observing Information Assurance Month during April. Fort McCoy marks "A Century of Service" during 2009.

On this date ...

April 1940. Last horse-drawn artillery trained at Camp McCoy.

April 1955. Wisconsin State Patrol Academy established a training academy at Camp McCoy. McCoy was chosen as the ideal training area because it was easily accessible for troops and major road networks within the state. Located in a centralized area, the academy could conduct various types of training away from campuses or congested areas, plus the buildings and training facilities area already here. The first recruit class graduated from the facility in December.

April 1959. Camp McCoy was considered as a possible site for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) base. The Army opposed the idea and resisted Air Force efforts to have the ICBM launch site located here reasoning that the Army may need all of Camp McCoy, which was still deactivated, at some later date.

April 1971. The one-millionth tree was planted at Camp McCoy on Arbor Day marking the 10th anniversary of the Army Forestry Program. More than $300,000 was collected from 1971 timber sales.

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