|(Editor’s note: “SPOTLIGHT” is a continuing series
about tenant activities and missions at Fort McCoy.)
What is it?
The Aviation Support Facility, Fort McCoy is home to B Company, 6th
Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment. The reserve unit, whose headquarters
is in Los Alamitos, Calif., is aligned under the 11th Aviation Command
at Fort Knox, Ky.
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Krist
Beseler and Maj. Gregory Senn, aviators with B Company, 6th
Battalion, 52nd Regiment, walk alongside a C-12 Huron aircraft
as it is towed from the hangar to the airstrip at the Fort
McCoy/Sparta airport. The aviators were preparing to conduct a
maintenance test flight on the aircraft.
(Photo by Geneve N. Mankel)
B Company, 6th, 52nd runs a 24/7 operation that supports air
transport of military personnel and federal employees who have a
legitimate and validated reason for government-related travel.
The unit has four C-12 Huron fixed-wing, twin-engine, turboprop
passenger aircraft. Three are located at Fort McCoy, and one is
currently deployed in Qatar. The C-12 is manned by a two-person crew and
can accommodate eight passengers.
Full-time unit members are comprised of military technicians, Active
Guard/Reserve members and maintenance contractors.
They provide support for the day-to-day operations of the unit and air
missions assigned to the B Company, 6th, 52nd. Soldiers belonging to the
unit also conduct battle drill training monthly, annual training and
additional flight training period support.
The main area of operation for the B Company, 6th, 52nd is the northern
central and eastern U.S., however, the unit can fly missions throughout
the nation as needed. Past missions also have included flights to the
Caribbean and Canada.
What have they done?
B Company 6th, 52nd became a tenant organization at Fort McCoy in 1995
when it was relocated to Fort McCoy from Glenview Naval Air Station
Ill., as a result of a Navy Base Realignment and Closure action.
As part of the move, the Aviation Support Facility was constructed at
the Sparta-Fort McCoy Airport to house the unit and its aircraft.
Personnel needing air transportation support must submit a request to a
If approved, the request is then sent to the Joint Operational Support
Airlift Center (JOSAC) for scheduling. The receiving aviation unit,
which may be the 6th, 52nd, then executes the mission.
The members of B Company, 6th, 52nd are a deployable asset.
Since 1996 unit members have deployed to Bosnia, Kuwait and Iraq.
The unit also has conducted training missions in Korea, Germany, Africa
What do they have planned?
With the winding down of operations in Iraq, B Company, 6th, 52nd
anticipates fewer deployments for its personnel in the near future.
This will allow the unit to focus on its stateside mission of providing
air-transportation services. The unit now is flying more than 200 hours
each month, with 80 percent of its missions being JOSAC support
Why are they important?
Because of its mission, B Company, 6th, 52nd is put into contact with
many customers who are impressed with the quality of service provided by
the reserve unit. The experience level of the pilots within the unit is
very high because many of the pilots have civilian careers as commercial
The unit’s central location allows it to provide services to a
geographically wide-range of customers.
For more information about B Company, 6th, 52nd, call 608-388-5641.