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July 08, 2011

Training

Range coordination briefings help units maximize training time

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.
PHOTO: Regional Training Center-Central personnel help Reserve Soldiers conducting premobilization training on M-9 pistols on Range 100 at Fort McCoy. File photo
Regional Training Center-Central personnel help Reserve Soldiers conducting premobilization training on M-9 pistols on Range 100 at Fort McCoy. (File photo)

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 coordination cell.

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 training.

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 customer expectations.”

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 at 608-388-3721.

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