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Building renovation approved at 
McCoy to support RTC-North

      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 2009.

      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 units.

      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 McCoy.

      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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