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Training

Maintenance ANCOC teaches Soldier skills

By Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff

The 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.

Photo: A Soldier from the ANCOC Course trains on urban combat techniques on the MUTS-South training facility. (Photo by Carmillo Santiago)
A Soldier from the ANCOC Course trains on urban combat techniques on the MUTS-South training facility. (Photo by Carmillo Santiago)

Sgt. 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.

"This 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)."

"This 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."

The training is open to maintenance Soldiers in the ranks of staff sergeant and sergeant first class in Reserve, National Guard and active-duty components.

The 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.

RTS-Maintenance is one of two locations that teaches the Ordnance Warrior-based ANCOC.

The only other training location for this course is the Ordnance Center and School, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

Brady said the training is validated during the final cumulative simulated training exercise (STX) scenarios at Multipurpose Urban Training Site-South.

Photo: Students in the ANCOC course get training on the use of the Precision Lightweight Global Positioning Receivers. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Students in the ANCOC course get training on the use of the Precision Lightweight Global Positioning Receivers. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

Sgt. 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.

"The 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."

Sgt. 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 Soldier.

"The 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."

Sgt. 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.

"The 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."

Darnell, Waxvik and Gradwell said the RTS-Maintenance instructors gave them opportunities to make CDs or copies of the information to take back to their troops.

The instructors also provided contact information so the students can keep in contact and ask questions or get updated information, as well.

 

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