Two South Dakota Army National Guard units conducted
training at Fort McCoy in late May.
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ken Schoenfelder, commander of the 927th Survey
Design Team from Sioux Falls, said the unit conducted premobilization
training at the installation. The training included weapons
qualification — M249, M9 and M4 — and simulation training with the Mine
Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle and the Humvee Egress Assistance
Personnel from the 730th Area
Area Support Medical Company train at a Humvee Egress Assistance
Trainer at the Wisconsin Military Academy.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
“We had excellent support from the ranges to the food
to our lodging,” Schoenfelder said. “The installation personnel were
great to work with.”
The 927th does survey work for such things as roads and buildings,
Capt. Zachary Hague of the 730th Area Support Medical Company of
Vermillion, S.D., said his unit originally was scheduled to conduct
premobilization training at Fort McCoy as well.
The mission was cancelled because of the changing mission overseas.
The unit proceeded with the week of premobilization training
scheduled at Fort McCoy and conducted a second week of training back
at its home station to complete its two-week annual training
requirement, he said.
Soldiers from the 927th Survey
Design Team train with M16 rifles, while wearing nuclear,
biological and chemical web gear during premobilization training
at Fort McCoy. (Photo by Rob
“We came to Fort McCoy for two reasons,” Hague said.
“We have trained here with Regional Training Site-Medical. We needed
to be validated for the use of several weapons on pop-up ranges. We
don’t have those in South Dakota so we came to Fort McCoy.”
The 730th fired M16 rifles and M9 pistols and trained on the Home
Station Training Lanes and land navigation course.
The unit also was supported by instructors from Camp Ripley, Minn.,
an Army National Guard installation, who provided training about
improvised explosive device identification.
Maj. James Linn of the South Dakota Army National Guard
Premobilization Training Assistor Element for the South Dakota
National Guard said the units came to Fort McCoy because of its
proximity and its good reputation for training and ranges.
The 927th will report to Fort Bliss, Texas, to complete its
mobilization training, Schoenfelder said.
The 730th will complete its training and preparation for future
missions at home station, Hague said.