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looking to requalify as 88-M truck drivers need to look no further
than the 2nd Battalion, 426th Regiment (MOD) at the Wisconsin Military
Academy (WMA) for instruction.
Soldiers train in the 88-M Truck
Driving Course, which was held by the 2nd Battalion, 426th
Regiment of the Wisconsin Military Academy at Fort McCoy. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
1st Class Jeff Smoczyk, the 88-M course manager for the 2nd, 426th,
said the school recently earned the Institution of Excellence
recognition, one of the few Army National Guard schools to receive
means we can teach Army National Guard, Army Reserve and Active-Army
personnel," Smoczyk said. "It helps grow our program, so
along with the other courses taught here, we can offer quality
training in a number of courses."
the other training courses available at the WMA are 11-B (Infantry),
Field Artillery (13B,13D,13F,13M), Officer Candidate School, Warrant
Officer Candidate School, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course,
Instructor Training Courses (Army Basic Instructor Course and Small
Group Instruction Training Course), 68W (combat medic) and Combat
Lifesaver Course. The 426th also offers a world-class simulation
center for the use of any military organization.
88-M Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) course is divided into two
phases. In the first phase, the operators learn about the five-ton
cargo truck and basic operation information, Smoczyk said.
"Personnel going through the second phase, which had a class
winding up in mid-May at Fort McCoy, learned about the tractor trailer
and palletized load system," he said. The course also trains
Soldiers on convoy tactics.
used to offer this class back in the 1990s, but we just started
teaching it again in July 2008," he said. "We have students
from throughout the United States, including Minnesota, Montana, Iowa,
Tennessee and the Army Reserve in Korea in this class."
Soldiers in an 88-M truck drivers course held by the 426th Regiment, Wisconsin Military Academy, train on convoy scenarios at Multipurpose Field Training Site 2 on North Post May 11.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
(An Extra to The Real McCoy Online)
Insook Davis, an Army Reserve Soldier form the 4th Support Detachment
of the 8th Army in Camp Henry, South Korea, said she did a lot of
research before deciding the class at Fort McCoy was the best fit for
learned that discipline is very important as is interacting with other
Soldiers," Davis said. "We help each other to learn more
about the vehicles."
is the big key to the training. Davis said the students go through a
long checklist to ensure the equipment is ready to be driven. The
course also presented Davis with more information about each vehicle
and how to avoid potential accident scenarios.
felt like a pilot driving the vehicle everywhere, and in charge of the
mission," Davis said.
Harvey Wenderski, an Army National Guard Soldier from the 134th
Transportation Company of St. Cloud, Minn., said it was a great
learning experience driving the vehicle, which he had never driven
before. He is requalifying from an Infantry Soldier to truck driver.
also trained us on convoy tactics," Wenderski said. "We
needed to learn to read maps and rely on other personnelís
information to accomplish our missions."
course also includes basic information about maintenance and vehicle
more information about the courses offered at the WMA contact Sgt. 1st
Class Steven Appel at 608-388-9955 or Sgt. 1st Class Scott Lowrey
608-388-9951 or e-mail them at email@example.com