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Training

RTC-North provides pre- 
mobilization training to units

By Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff

      Regional Training Center (RTC)-North cadre liked the initial results and feedback from the first units going through their 21-day premobilization training sessions at Fort McCoy.

Photo: Personnel from the 783rd Military Police Battalion participate in premobilization training under the guidance of RTC-North by firing crew-served weapons. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Personnel from the 783rd Military Police Battalion participate in premobilization training under the guidance of RTC-North by firing crew-served weapons. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

      Members of the 783rd Military Police Battalion, an Army Reserve unit from Inkster, Mich., were the second unit to go through 21 days of concentrated and fast-paced individual training.

      The RTC-North was created to provide premobilization training to Army Reserve Soldiers in weapons qualification and familiarization, Army Warrior Tasks, combatives training, live-fire exercises, military operations on urbanized terrain and convoy training.

      Two of the first stops for the unit were Range 26, where they fired MK-19 machine-gun/grenade launchers, and Range 34, where they fired various crew-served weapons.

      Maj. Gen. James R. Sholar, Fort McCoy Senior Mission Commander, and Col. David Mooney, RTC-North commander, visited the troops during their weapons training.

      Sholar encouraged the personnel to learn and accomplish everything they could during the training because time during mobilization training is getting shorter.

      Because many of the Soldiers involved in the training had been deployed before, he encouraged everyone who had suggestions about how to refine the process to share their opinions and information with RTC-North personnel.

      Maj. Stuart Graham, the RTC-North S-1, adjutant, said the training is coming along as planned.

Photo: Personnel from the 783rd Military Police Battalion conduct MK-19 machine-gun/grenade launcher firing at Fort McCoy. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Personnel from the 783rd Military Police Battalin conduct MK-19 machine-gun/grenade launcher firing at Fort McCoy. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

      "We're hoping the end result is to reduce the amount of time units have to be at their mobilization station and undergo mobilization training," Graham said.

      Sgt. 1st Class Steve Lutze, an RTC-North liaison, said the training is geared to be extensive so personnel going through it can accomplish as much preparation for the mobilization phase as possible.

      The RTC-North personnel established a pre-plan that is adjusted, as necessary, if units need less or more time on a skill, he said.

      The 21 days of training is continuous, including weekends, so the personnel accomplish everything they can and remember everything they've learned or received refresher training on.

      Spc. Zachary Ruppel, who was cross-leveled into the 783rd, said the RTC-North personnel were very thorough in the training.

      "I was very impressed with how knowledgeable they were," Ruppel said. "They prepared us well for our upcoming deployment. The training will help me handle the weapons well."

      Pvt. Matthew Smith of the 783rd said the premobilization gave him a lot of hands-on experience with the weapons, some of which he had handled sparingly in his limited time in the Army.

      "It was great experience, and now I'm more comfortable with the weapons," Smith said. "If we had any questions, they were quick to answer them."

      The training will continue in 21-day sessions at Fort McCoy year-round,  Mooney said.

 

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