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 June 25, 2010

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New breech training site opens to troops

A new training site at Fort McCoy will train servicemembers on how to breech a facility by going through doors, windows or walls.
PHOTO: A view of the door area of the breech training site at the new Fort McCoy breech training site. The area can be scheduled for use by military units. Photo by Rob Schuette
A view of the door area of the breech training site at the new Fort McCoy breech training site. The area can be scheduled for use by military units. Photo by Rob Schuette

Terry Hoff, Fort McCoy Range officer, said the breech training site will allow the use of live fire and will train Soldiers in breaching techniques using shotguns, M100-Grenade Rifle Entry Munitions, high explosives, and battering devices, to enter buildings.

Hoff said the training site can be used for training of individuals or units.

The facility was built by MITIG Company, Radisson, Wis., under a Directorate of Public Works contract.

“Fort McCoy Range Maintenance personnel will maintain the facility and replace the doors, windows and walls after training,” Hoff said. “The thickness and resilience of the doors, windows and walls can be varied to create unique training conditions and meet the needs of troops or units.”

PHOTO: Members of the 770th Engineer Company work on building an access road to the new breech training site at Fort McCoy. Photo by Rob Schuette
Members of the 770th Engineer Company work on building an access road to the new breech training site at Fort McCoy. The 770th was at Fort McCoy participating in Operation Essayons, which was held from June 12-26. Photo by Rob Schuette

A new access road to the training facility is being built by the 770th Engineer Company, a U.S. Army Reserve unit from Penn Yan, N.Y. Hoff said the work is part of a large engineer troop project exercise called Operation Essayons.

The road construction provides a valuable service to Fort McCoy while also providing real-life, hands-on training projects for the units to work on to maintain and improve their engineering skills, Hoff said.

Military units wanting to schedule the use of any range at Fort McCoy must contact the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security Range Scheduling section at 608-388-3721/4142/5313.

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