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
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.
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
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.