|Units training at Fort McCoy looking to maximize their
mission time and accomplishments are encouraged to attend the training
coordination briefing at 9 a.m. weekdays in building 2954.
Tony Feltner, the Range Scheduling supervisor for the Directorate of
Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS), said the briefing is
held to provide the latest information to troops training at the
installation, and to publicize the support Fort McCoy can offer to
ensure units have successful training that meets their objectives.
Regional Training Center-Central
personnel help Reserve Soldiers conducting premobilization
training on M-9 pistols on Range 100 at Fort McCoy.
The briefings are open to representatives of any units at the
installation for exercises, two-week, extended or weekend training,
Feltner said. Organizational representatives here for exercises
coordinate their training requirements with the DPTMS training
While the training scheduling process starts months in advance of units
training on site, the training coordination briefing is the time and
place the installation provides its scheduling specialists and experts
to answer any questions or concerns that come up during the actual field
Issues such as weather or safety concerns, emergency procedures and Fort
McCoy support for these areas and any other training needs, are
addressed, and Feltner said it also allows unit members to meet with
representatives of other units to coordinate training, if desired.
This can include fine-tuning range/facility use, he said. Units that
determine a range isn’t needed or cannot be used at the scheduled time
can release it for use by another unit. If a unit scheduled to use a
range can accommodate co-use by another unit to help meet training
goals, it is encouraged to do so, but not required.
“Units reserving a range or training facility for a specific time, which
have the request approved by Range Scheduling, will have priority to use
the ranges or facilities,” Feltner said.
All units training at Fort McCoy are required to submit their personnel
rosters to the Directorate of Emergency Services (DES). Feltner said
this helps DES locate personnel in case of an emergency. Units also can
get emergency contact information for weekend training.
“This includes such things as the contact information for the on-call
chaplains, the facility telephone numbers, and the Emergency Operations
Center and Range Control contact information,” he said. “We also stress
safety and looking after each other.”
Feltner said the Range Scheduling personnel at the training coordination
briefing end the session by answering and asking questions.
“We ask the units: ‘Are we doing the right things? Are we doing things
right? and, What are we missing?’” Feltner said. “This helps us help
them. We’re about providing service the best we can to the warriors in
the field. This helps us to maintain a strong customer focus to exceed
In turn, this helps DPTMS ensure Fort McCoy accomplishes its vision of
remaining mission relevant and responsive to the requirements of its key
stakeholders and supported customers, Feltner said.
If DPTMS needs to hold briefings more often than five days a week,
Feltner said more briefings can be held. Units also can meet one-on-one
with Range Scheduling personnel if desired.
Unit members are encouraged to submit detailed information about their
training experiences at Fort McCoy through the Interactive Customer
Evaluations system, he said.
For more information about training opportunities at Fort McCoy, visit
the installation’s public website at
www.mccoy.army.mil, the Fort McCoy Extranet or call Range Scheduling