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June 08, 2012

Training

South Dakota Army National Guard units travel to train at McCoy

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 Trainer equipment.

PHOTO: Soldiers with the 730th Area Support Medical Company train at a Humvee Egress Assistance Trainer. Photo by Rob Schuette
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, Schoenfelder said.

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.

PHOTO: Soldiers from the 927th Survey Design Team train with M16 rifles. Photo by Rob Schuette
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 Schuette)

“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.

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