story by Rob
Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
preparation is under way for an Army Reserve Ordnance training unit at
Fort McCoy to increase its ammunition military occupational specialty
(MOS) course training.
Soldiers in an ammunition handler
class conducted by the 13th Battalion, 100th Regiment train on
Anderson, the staff administrator for the 13th Battalion, 100th
Regiment, said the preparation began with an 89B ammunition handler
reclassification training MOS course in late April.
13th, 100th is aligned with the 3rd Brigade, 94th Division of the 80th
13th, 100th is the Army Reserve counterpart of the Regional Training
Site (RTS)-Maintenance, which is staffed by Active Guard-Reserve
from the 13th, 100th support RTS-Maintenance with 63-series mechanical
maintenance instructors whenever required to meet their student load,
as well as offer personnel for mobile training teams to train units at
their home stations or a nearby location, Anderson said.
the past, we have trained 30 to 50 Soldiers a year in the ammunition
handler reclassification training," Anderson said. "Next
year, we will train 200 to 250 personnel. We will need more
instructors, who might come here (on TDY orders) from other training
entities or we may get more assigned to our unit."
the 13th, 100th does phase one of the training, with phase two being
done at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. Anderson said that the
active-duty ammunition school is scheduled to move to Fort Lee, Va.,
by 2011, according to the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) plan.
of the Army reserve-component reclassification training will be done
at Fort McCoy, Anderson said. The organization often relies on support
from RTS-Maintenance to use its facilities, or works with the post and
other installation organizations to conduct its training.
from throughout the United States can come here for the training,
Personnel in an ammunitions handler course at the 13th, 100th (Maintenance) learn about the correct procedures in building 1226 at Fort McCoy.
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phase one of the training, they do more of the basic work, such as
recognizing different types of ammunition, filling out paperwork and
learning the equipment used, such as forklifts, to handle the
courseware was introduced with this class so personnel are working
through any issues.
II includes doing more demolition work, forklift training and using
Palletized Load System (PLS) trailers to move the ammunition, he said.
13th, 100th will pick up that training mission in 2010.
1st Class Mike Masse, an instructor for the phase-one ammunition
handler reclassification course with the 13th, 100th, said the
students in the course learn to handle all of the Armyís
conventional ammunition from small, such as for pistols and rifles, to
large, such as for artillery.
need to know how to store it, maintain it and issue it," Masse
need to learn how to account for the ammunition. Students in the class
also have experiences in deployments and other aspects of the
mission," he said.
said some may have served in units that were issued ammunition, such
as artillery units.
can bring the customerís perspective of the process to the
course," he said. "This helps the students see the other
side of the process."