Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
work to support training troops at Fort McCoy will get a boost when
approximately $31 million in funding that is directed at installation
projects and is included in the federal stimulus bill is released. The
stimulus funding also includes $14 million to support construction of
new single-family military housing and related infrastructure on post.
Gundlach, chief of the Operations and Maintenance Division of the Fort
McCoy Directorate of Public Works, said the installation has
identified and listed the projects needed to support troops training
at Fort McCoy. This is incorporated into the Installationís Master
Plan to complete projects as funding, such as the stimulus monies,
projects include barracks renovation, and renovating or adding
administrative, classroom, maintenance and dining facilities and arms
vaults, as necessary, Gundlach said.
funding is obtained, the installation will complete the work based on
its priorities, he said.
current strategy is to renovate the buildings in specific groupings,
such as a block at a time, on the installation to better support unitsí
needs to train at Fort McCoy.
are the facilities needed by units training at Fort McCoy,"
Gundlach said. "If these are all included within the same block,
we can reduce units having to travel to other areas of post to get to
them," and increase their time to conduct other
projects will help provide needed facilities to support the
installationís current mobilization and unit training needs,
Gundlach said. During the past two years, Fort McCoy has procured
upward of $60 million in funding to renovate its facilities. In
addition to the most-recently approved funding, Fort McCoy will be
able to complete a large portion of the renovation work needed to
bring its training-support facilities up to modern standards, he said.
the short-term support of mobilization training, the facility upgrades
also bode well for the future of supporting training at Fort McCoy,
upgraded facilities can support any training mission we might get,
including mobilization training, premobilization training, or
extended-combat or battle-assembly training," he said.
"About the only down aspect of the work is having so much of it
going on at one time may be like having road construction where it may
cause some disruptions in traffic patterns."
the end result of having the renovated facilities ready to support our
current and future training needs will certainly outweigh any
temporary inconveniences we will go through," he said.
stimulus funding also will include money to construct up to 23
single-family, military housing units to support military personnel
and their families who live on Fort McCoy. This will increase the
inventory of military housing at Fort McCoy and support the
installationís Master Housing Plan, said Sherry Oslie, Fort McCoy
Family Housing manager. The construction will include development site
infrastructure, such as utilities and a new street, Oslie said.