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Training

Military Intelligence Battalion 
to remain at McCoy

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.

Photo: 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 photo)
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 photo)

      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 students.

      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 (608) 388-4100/4102.

 

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