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June 10, 2011

Mobilization
PHOTO: Sgt. Kyle Gourgues holds an  M110 sniper rifle during a Fort McCoy classroom session about the weapon’s functionality and capabilities prior to going out to a live-fire range. Photo by Tom Michele Rifle training

Sgt. Kyle Gourgues holds an M110 sniper rifle during a Fort McCoy classroom session about the weapon’s functionality and capabilities prior to going out to a live-fire range. Observing are, from left, Sgt. Brandon Brooks, Staff Sgt. Bradley Doucet, Spc. Nathan Vanya, Sgt. Mike Carter, Staff Sgt. Jamie Rowe and Spc. Kurt Perque. All are with the 926th Engineer Company, a Louisiana Army National Guard unit training to deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Photo by Tom Michele
PHOTO: A Blackhawk helicopter lifts off from a field outside of Fort McCoy’s Contingency Operating Location Freedom. Photo by Tom Michele
Blackhawk

A Blackhawk helicopter lifts off from a field outside of Fort McCoy’s Contingency Operating Location Freedom. Soldiers had just loaded a simulated patient onto the aircraft as part of the 111th Engineer Battalion’s training to deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The 111th is a Texas Army National Guard unit. The Blackhawk is from the 238th Aviation Company, Wisconsin Army National Guard, West Bend.
PHOTO: Soldiers use chainsaws on tree branches as part of a clearing and grubbing project. Photo by Tom Michele Engineer

Spc. Richard Keller, left, and Spc. Andrew Deuitch use chainsaws on tree branches as part of a clearing and grubbing project to prepare land in the Fort McCoy South Post Housing Area for a community garden. The work was part of a situational training exercise for the Army Reserve’s 389th Engineer Company from Middletown, Iowa, which will deploy in support of Operation New Dawn.

 

PHOTO: Soldiers converse with local village school principal and teaher in the school's office at Fort mcCoy. Photo by Tom Michele Village meeting

Lt. Col. Timothy Senecaut, center, converses with local village school principal Ibrahim Hashmi and teacher Farhad Mohammad in the school’s office at Fort McCoy. Hashmi and Mohammad are Fort McCoy cultural role players portraying their parts in the mission scenario. Next to Senecaut is Command Sgt. Maj. Bryan Senkirk and Sgt. Ako Akheri, a foreign language speaker-interpreter with the 181st Infantry Brigade, the mobilization trainers at Fort McCoy. Senecaut commands the 111th Engineer Battalion, a Texas Army National Guard unit training at Fort McCoy to deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
 

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