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
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
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
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.