|Fort McCoy is working to meet the installation’s future
and current needs for urban training opportunities at the installation,
said Terry Hoff.
Hoff, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS)
Range officer, said work continues on the new Combined Arms Collective
Training Facility (CACTF). The Mobile Urban Training Site (MUTS)-South
also is receiving a number of newly designed mobile structures to
Members of the Alacran
Contracting LLC of Rockford, Ill., work on a building in the
residential area of the Combined Arms Collective Training
Facility on South Post.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Construction of the $14 million CACTF project is nearing the one-year
mark. The 25 buildings are scheduled to be completed in September. Hoff
said the buildings will represent multi-story residential, commercial,
government, business, and industrial areas and include underground
tunnel/sewer training structures. Alacran Contracting LLC of Rockford,
Ill., is the general contractor for the Major Construction Army Reserve
project. The Army Corps of Engineers is overseeing the contract.
After the buildings are completed, the electronic instrumentation
equipment will be installed. Hoff said this is scheduled to begin in the
September time frame, which means the work should be done and the
facility open for training by the spring/summer of 2012.
“The CACTF will support military training up to the size of a battalion
task force,” Hoff said. “The training will include the use of simulated
munitions and also include force on force or force on target training.”
The CACTF will be fully instrumented, including about 80 percent camera
coverage of the facilities and a 100-seat after-action review (AAR)
theater, where units can conduct AARs, he said. A full contracted
operations and maintenance crew will be on hand to assist units with the
use and operation of the CACTF. The crew also will assist units in
assembling and conducting AARs. Instrumentation includes capabilities to
provide sounds and smells of combat operations. The CACTF will support
training for the Combined Arms Training Exercise as well as for other
exercises or training units may require, he added.
Members of the Allied Container
Systems deliver specially designed container buildings to the
Mobile Urban Training Site-South.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Hoff said a lower-tech urban training site project is being
implemented at MUTS-South. A contractor, Allied Container Systems, is
delivering additional container buildings to bring the new total at
MUTS-South to 138 buildings.
“These facilities are mobile,” Hoff said. “They can be reconfigured to
meet unit training requirements or to meet new training
scenarios/standards required by the Army.”
MUTS-South will offer a large urban environment, but no instrumentation,
he said. The expanded facility can handle training up to a
battalion-sized task force.
The new and expanded facilities will help the DPTMS meet its Integrated
Training Environment-Strategic Vision, Hoff said. Along with MUTS-North,
which is capable of training up to company-sized elements to train with
instrumentation and simulated munitions capabilities, the installation
will offer a variety of urban training scenarios to support unit needs.
Together the CACTF, MUTS-South, and MUTS-North, will enable Fort McCoy
to handle peak training loads for urban training, with MUTS-North and
the CACTF capable of instrumented urban training for small to large
Other smaller facilities will offer rural, small village, and unimproved
training areas, to complete the Integrated Training Environment
capabilities. These live capabilities, along with virtual and
constructive capabilities, will enable Fort McCoy to support the
requirements of large exercises and small unit training, Hoff said.
For more information about scheduling ranges or training at Fort McCoy,
call 608-388-3721 or for training information, visit the Range Branch