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Training

RTS-Maintenance to support 
Army OPW rotations

By Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff

      Regional Training Site-Maintenance (RTS-Maintenance) personnel at Fort McCoy will provide wheeled recovery and battle damage assessment and repair (BDAR) training to Army Reserve Soldiers participating in Operation Platinum Wrench (OPW) at Fort McCoy and Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., this year.

Photo: Students in a Regional Training Site-Maintenance Vehicle Recovery Class train on the proper procedures to right an overturned vehicle at the Vehicle Recovery Site at Fort McCoy. (File photo)
Students in a Regional Training Site-Maintenance Vehicle Recovery Class train on the proper procedures to right an overturned vehicle at the Vehicle Recovery Site at Fort McCoy. (File photo)

      RTS-Maintenance Commandant Maj. Mark Siekman and RTS-Maintenance Chief Instructor Master Sgt. James Martin said their organization offers similar training to mobilized Soldiers. OPW is a U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC)-directed exercise to give Army Reserve maintenance personnel hands-on maintenance training.

      "We're taking what we did last year and adding more structure to support the OPW personnel," Martin said. "Usually, this type of work is done by specialized teams. We're giving these maintenance personnel familiarization training. "

      Maintenance Soldiers will need to have these skills as they and/or their units receive deployment missions in-theater or encounter these situations during extended combat training scenarios, he said.

      The training will be offered during the "sandwich weekend" for troops conducting their two-week training rotations. During the week, the Soldiers will be supporting equipment rebuild/repair missions at the Installation Materiel Maintenance Activity or Equipment Concentration Site-67.


"It's difficult for Soldiers to do this type of training at their home stations. Units don't always have access to the recovery training stress or equipment we have at Fort McCoy."

Maj. Mark Siekman,
RTS-Maintenance Commandant

      Siekman said the training will be offered year-round to support OPW. The McCoy portion will occur from about June-August at Fort McCoy. The Hunter Liggett training will be held after that.

      "It's difficult for Soldiers to do this type of training at their home stations," Siekman said. "Units don't always have access to the recovery training areas or equipment we have at Fort McCoy. They also don't have the experienced and knowledgeable instructors we have to teach (the subjects)."

      Martin said the training will be organized in a field setting to first give the Soldiers classroom information. Then they will have separate stations to do hands-on rigging and BDAR training.

      This training is being offered in addition to the normal maintenance and military occupational specialty training that RTS-Maintenance provides to Soldiers, Siekman said.

      The unit supports all requests it gets from its headquarters, the 88th Training Command. This mission request came through the USARC, as Martin had previously worked with personnel in that office.

      For more information about RTS-Maintenance training, visit the Army Training Requirements and Resources System Web site (school code 921) or call (608) 388-3938.

 

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