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Work starting on Range 100 
to support M-16, M-9 firing

By Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff

Military personnel at Fort McCoy who need sighting and qualification training/firing with M-16 A2 rifles will find additional opportunities at Fort McCoy with the construction of a new range.

Photo: Personnel from TCI Architects/Engineers/Contractor work on clearing areas of Range 100 for future construction. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Personnel from TCI Architects/Engineers/Contractor work on clearing areas of Range 100 for future construction. 
(Photo by Rob Schuette)

Work has begun on a $4 million Major Construction Army project on Range 100. TCI Architects/Engineers/Contractor from La Crosse is the general contractor for the project.

Range 100 will be an M-16 rifle and M-9 pistol qualification range. Support buildings, including a tower, will be part of the project. The new range will be supported by Range 105, which will be the sighting/zeroing range.

Mark Domke, project superintendent for TCI, said work on Range 100 is expected to be completed before this winter begins. Pop-up targets will be installed on the range after the construction work is completed.

"We’ve done a lot of projects at Fort McCoy over the years, and we are looking forward to doing this project," Domke said.

Recent projects TCI has served as the general contractor for at Fort McCoy include the Commissary, the NCO Academy, and the 88th Regional Support Command facility.

Terry Hoff, Fort McCoy range officer for the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS), said the new range will help improve throughput for M-16 A2 qualifying.

"It will help ensure we can provide this training on a priority basis to mobilizing troops, and we can meet the training needs of the other military personnel here in a timely manner," he said.

Military units wanting to schedule the use of any range at Fort McCoy must contact the DPTMS Range Scheduling section at 608-388-3721/4142/5313.


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