By Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
The 11th Military Intelligence Battalion, 100th Division is
staying at Fort McCoy and preparing to handle a slightly altered
mission that, beginning in 2009, will include new courses, said Chief
Warrant Officer 3 Paul Braatz.
Students in an Intelligence
Analyst Basic NCO Course at the 11th Military Intelligence
Battalion, 100th Division participate in a pattern-and-link
analysis exercise. (File
Braatz, the 11th, 100th director of instruction, said the unit
will continue to offer Basic Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Phase II
courses in the Total Army School System.
Training includes Human Intelligence Collector, Intelligence
Analyst, and Counter Intelligence Analyst.
"These courses will continue to rotate throughout the
year," Braatz said. "We have a heavier focus in summer. But
we offer courses when there's a demand for them and do them in
October, November and February, as well as other months."
Beginning in March 2009, the 11th, 100th again will offer
Advanced NCO Courses in the 35 Career Management Field (CMF)
(Intelligence), he said.
Devens Reserve Forces Training Area in Massachusetts, formerly
known as Fort Devens, will offer the basic level-10 courses in the 35
CMF to provide standardized individual training to military
intelligence personnel, he said.
With the Basic and Advanced NCO Courses, Fort McCoy can support
the Devens offerings and provide progressive training to the
higher-ranking personnel, Braatz said. Basic NCO Courses are aimed at
senior sergeants and staff sergeants, while Advanced NCO Courses are
for staff sergeants and sergeants first class.
The Fort McCoy location works well for both instructors and
students, he said. Students come from all over the country, but the
installation serves as a convenient regional location for troops
coming from the Minneapolis/St. Paul and Chicago areas.
"We will work to maintain the facilities we have here --
they serve our purpose," Braatz said. "The newly built Post
Exchange, Commissary and McCoy's facilities and their proximity serve
our personnel well. The MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) program
also offers a lot of good events/activities that help support the
Soldiers while they're here."
The instructors also bring a lot of experience and talent to
the training, he said.
Many of the instructors have been deployed to support
Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, as well as other
missions, and bring valuable in-theater knowledge to share with the
Fort McCoy also offers convenient training areas that help
support the courses with hands-on, field experience, such as for the
pilot Combat Tracking Course. Several of the Basic NCO Courses also
include field exercises or training, he said.
"We're really pleased we fit into the new training
structure of the Army Reserve and can continue to offer training at
Fort McCoy," Braatz said. "We are one of the oldest tenant
activities at Fort McCoy (dating back into the late 1940s)."
For more information about 11th, 100th training, visit the Army
Training Requirements and Resources System (D301) Web site or call