FORT MCCOY, Wis. -- Your squad leader says 'go;' you and
your buddy look at each other and each take a deep breath. Then, you
kick open a door and enter an enemy stronghold while looking down the
sights of your loaded rifle. The hallway is clear, but there's a door
to your left and another to his right. Your squad leader says 'GO!'
A Soldier from the 1st Battalion,
101st Field Artillery Regiment of Massachusetts encounters a
scenario at Fort McCoy's Live-Fire Shoot House. (Photo
by Billy Cargile)
Moving through the Live-Fire Shoot House, kicking in doors,
shooting targets and sounding off was the order of the day during
extended combat training for Pfc. Michael Miskell, a cannoneer with
Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment of the
Massachusetts Army National Guard.
"It was awesome, good training," said Miskell,
"I'm learning proven tactics that are being used in Iraq and
The 101st traveled to Fort McCoy to conduct live-fire artillery
missions and to take advantage of the post's other facilities, such as
the Live-Fire Shoot House and the Urban Assault Course.
"My aim is to provide artillery-specific training with a
focus on real-world mission training and scenarios in support of the
Global War on Terror," said Lt. Col. Mark D. Schulze, Commander
of the 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment.
Personnel from the 1st Battalion,
101st Field Artillery Regiment of Massachusetts fire their
howitzers at Fort McCoy.
(Photo by Billy Cargile)
"My desired end-state is a complete training event that
was both physically and mentally demanding. The training stressed
leadership at all levels and included roles for platoon leaders and
platoon sergeants in the preparation and development of the Squad
Battle Drill LFX (live-fire exercise), (Live-Fire) Shoot House LFX,
and Urban Assault Course," said Schulze.
"We are working as a team, safely, with live ammunition
and pulling together as a unit," said Staff Sgt. David Solari, a
fire control sergeant with Bravo Battery.
Solari, a veteran of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi
Freedom, performed security force missions in Iraq and infantry
missions in Afghanistan.
"The unit is conducting dismounted infantry squad movement
tactics in urban and rural environments," said Solari,
"Real-world scenarios like the ones we are doing have an
excellent training value because every Soldier is an
(Lally is a member of the Massachusetts
Army National Guard Public Affairs Office.)