Funding has been approved to renovate buildings and construct
several new facilities in Fort McCoy's 600 block to support the
Regional Training Center (RTC)-North mission.
Michael Kelley, Directorate of Public Works supervisory general
engineer, said the project will be done with $11.4 million of
Operational and Maintenance Army Reserve funding.
The projected completion date for most of the work is March
Until that time, the unit will continue to operate out of
facilities in the 700 block.
RTC-North became operational in early May at Fort McCoy to
provide premobilization training on Theater Specific Individual
Readiness Tasks and Army Warrior Training skills to Army Reserve
Fort McCoy engineer personnel will provide a standard design
for the building renovation projects, which will include
administrative, barracks and a combined dining facility, Kelley said.
The new construction will include two new maintenance
facilities, similar to other facilities being built elsewhere on post,
and a laundry facility.
The plan also includes building a shelter-type construction for
training devices, such as a Humvee Egress Assistance Trainer.
Directorate of Information Management personnel will upgrade
the fiber optics and other computer/communications connections in the
area as well, he said.
RTC-North held a reflagging/repatching ceremony May 9 at Fort
Col. David R. Mooney, commander of the RTC-North at Fort McCoy,
said the organization trains Soldiers in such things as weapons
firing, live-fire exercises, military operations on urbanized terrain,
search operations, convoy training, etc.
The objective of the training before mobilization training is
to help ensure Army Reserve units/personnel are trained to perform
their missions during deployment.
Mooney said the shorter amount of time it takes units to do
individual tasks, the longer they will have to train on collective
tasks and help develop unit cohesion.
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