Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
Advanced Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Course (ANCOC) taught at
Regional Training Site (RTS)-Maintenance at Fort McCoy has shifted its
focus to teaching senior NCOs Soldier skills.
A Soldier from the ANCOC Course
trains on urban combat techniques on the MUTS-South training
facility. (Photo by
1st Class Bryce Brady, RTS-Maintenance instructor, said the change was
made to better reflect the current military environment, which
includes operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
sets up a natural progression for maintenance Soldiers," Brady
said. "They learn the maintenance and technical skills in the
Basic NCO Course and other (Military Occupational Specialty) training
(in the lower enlisted grades)."
serves as a giant refresher and ensures theyíre ready for any duty,
including deployments, they are assigned," he said. "They
must complete this course for promotion."
training is open to maintenance Soldiers in the ranks of staff
sergeant and sergeant first class in Reserve, National Guard and
ANCOC includes a lot of field work, including how to use Precision
Lightweight Global Positioning Receivers. Other training included
combatives, weapons and marksmanship training, land navigation,
administrative functions, and troop counseling.
is one of two locations that teaches the Ordnance Warrior-based ANCOC.
only other training location for this course is the Ordnance Center
and School, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
said the training is validated during the final cumulative simulated
training exercise (STX) scenarios at Multipurpose Urban Training
Students in the ANCOC course get
training on the use of the Precision Lightweight Global
Positioning Receivers. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
1st Class Carl Gradwell of the 378th Combat Sustainment Support
Battalion of Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., said the training helped show
the students what they needed to work on. Gradwell is a civilian
technician who serves in the Army Reserve.
STX gave us an idea of how to conduct ourselves in urban combat,"
Gradwell said. "A lot of the younger Soldiers havenít done
deployments like we have or havenít had this training."
1st Class Mark Waxvik of the 322nd Combat Support Company of Arden
Hills, Minn., said the training gave them a lot of tools and basics of
doing things. Waxvik is a civilian technician and an Army Reserve
experience that everyone brought allowed us to broaden our scope a lot
and break out of any mindsets we might have had," Waxvik said.
"A lot of the things we trained on are perishable skills for TPU
(Troop Program Unit) Soldiers."
1st Class Gary Darnell of Detachment 1, Headquarters and Headquarters
Company, of Buffalo, N.Y., said the highlight was the urban training
STX, which was better than training he previously had at Fort Bragg,
N.C. Darnell is a civilian technician and Army National Guard Soldier.
training taught us about IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and
ambushes," Darnell said. "It also brought us together as a
team so we can help each other improve on our weaknesses and further
refine our strengths."
Waxvik and Gradwell said the RTS-Maintenance instructors gave them
opportunities to make CDs or copies of the information to take back to
instructors also provided contact information so the students can keep
in contact and ask questions or get updated information, as well.