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13th, 100th to add more ammunition handling courses

Photos and story by Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff

Initial preparation is under way for an Army Reserve Ordnance training unit at Fort McCoy to increase its ammunition military occupational specialty (MOS) course training.

Photo: Soldiers in an ammunition handler class conducted by the 13th Battalion, 100th Regiment train on moving ammunition. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Soldiers in an ammunition handler class conducted by the 13th Battalion, 100th Regiment train on moving ammunition.

Todd 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.

The 13th, 100th is aligned with the 3rd Brigade, 94th Division of the 80th Training Command.

The 13th, 100th is the Army Reserve counterpart of the Regional Training Site (RTS)-Maintenance, which is staffed by Active Guard-Reserve instructors.

Members 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.

"In 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."

Currently, 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.

More 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.

Soldiers from throughout the United States can come here for the training, Anderson said.

Photo: Personnel in an ammunitions handler course at the 13th, 100th (Maintenance) learn about the correct procedures in building 1226 at Fort McCoy. (Photo by Rob Schuette) (An Extra to The Real McCoy Online)
Personnel in an ammunitions handler course at the 13th, 100th (Maintenance) learn about the correct procedures in building 1226 at Fort McCoy. (An Extra to The Real McCoy Online)

"During 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 ammunition."

New courseware was introduced with this class so personnel are working through any issues.

Phase II includes doing more demolition work, forklift training and using Palletized Load System (PLS) trailers to move the ammunition, he said.

The 13th, 100th will pick up that training mission in 2010.

Sgt. 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.

"They need to know how to store it, maintain it and issue it," Masse said.

"They 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.

Masse said some may have served in units that were issued ammunition, such as artillery units.

"They can bring the customerís perspective of the process to the course," he said. "This helps the students see the other side of the process."

 

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