|Story & photos by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
A busy Troop Project season at Fort McCoy got under way with work at
Pine View Campground. A Naval Seabee unit removed a retaining wall,
added more beach sand to the Squaw Lake beach area and began foundation
work to install an additional storage building for recreation equipment.
Seabee construction workers
remove a retaining wall at the Pine View Campground Squaw Lake
beach area. As part of the troop-project work, the Seabees also
brought in sand to help level the beach area and support
quality-of-life and recreation services at the facility for
members of the Fort McCoy community.
Navy Petty Officer (E-6, Equipment Operator First Class) Dan Wimme,
the crew leader from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB)-25, said
the projects were “terrific training for the troops.”
The unit trained at Fort McCoy from April 23-May 4. NMCB-25 is a tenant
unit at Fort McCoy, which relocated to the installation after its former
location the Glenview Naval Air Station closed.
“It feels good to help out the post,” Wimme said, adding the work they
completed at Pine View “will make it a great facility for people in the
community to enjoy.”
Removal of the retraining wall increases safety by eliminating
obstructed views, he said.
“The new sand will create a beautiful beach for our patrons,” said Pam
Budda, Fort McCoy Outdoor Recreation and Sports director. “Everyone will
benefit from an improved beach area.”
Wimme said the project benefited the Seabees through the opportunity to
train on excavation equipment, dump trucks, front-end loaders and
bulldozers. The training will allow the Seabees to qualify for licenses
and be prepared to operate the equipment in support of future missions.
A view of the Squaw Lake beach
after Seabees removed a retaining wall and added beach sand to
level the area.
The Naval Reserve construction workers have participated in a number
of past projects on the installation, including installing parking lots,
and will support the construction of a two-story building on a North
Post training area, etc.
“Larry Morrow, Fort McCoy Troop Projects coordinator, finds a lot of
projects for us to do, helps set things up with materials and equipment
and works through things with our command,” Wimme said.
Morrow said a number of Troop Projects are set for engineer units for
the remainder of the fiscal year. Work will include construction of a
tactical operations center for the Staff Sgt. Todd R. Cornell
Noncommissioned Officer Academy and a concrete-block building near
Mobile Urban Training Site-South. Other projects include creating a
traffic circle, widening and improving a trail, and installing concrete
pads at Forward Operating Bases Liberty and Freedom and a new gravel pad
for recycling trash for South Post Housing.
“The projects support improved training and quality of life at the
installation,” Morrow said. “Not only do we benefit, but the troops
conducting the projects, which include Seabees and Army engineer
personnel, also get to use their equipment, improve and maintain their
job skills and complete projects they can use or enjoy.”