Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
from the 1152nd Transportation Company (Railway) of Milwaukee
conducted a full-scale extended combat training (ECT) session at Fort
McCoy in June to train on current missions and prepare for future
Railroad personnel train on
decontamination procedures in an exercise during their extended
combat training at Fort McCoy. (Photo
by Val Hyde)
company has a detachment located at Fort McCoy and operates and
maintains one of the locomotives positioned at the installation.
Col. Vince Barker, 757th Transportation Battalion (Railway) commander,
said the 1152nd has missions all over the country to support the rail
movement of military equipment.
1152nd, which is aligned with the 757th, and the Headquarters and
Headquarters Detachment of the 757th were scheduled to go to Fort
Eustis, Va., for this ECT, but those plans fell through. Eustis is the
home of the U.S. Army Transportation Corps.
were really pleased that Fort McCoy could support our training on
short notice," Barker said. "Having the detachment stationed
here helped coordinate support for the training."
Soldiers with the 1152nd
Transportation Company (Railway) train on unloading a container
during extended combat training at Fort McCoy. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
Mark Blanek, the 757thís Battalion executive officer, said the unit
brought its simulation equipment from Milwaukee.
allowed unit personnel to practice their duties and coordinate their
roles with everyone else before engaging in an actual mission
scenario, he said.
trained on the entire scope of rail movement, which included loading
containers onto railroad cars, moving those railroad cars, and
unloading the railroad cars to take the cargo to another
transportation mode, such as another train. The unit personnel include
repairmen, inspectors, and operators.
we were unloading railroad cars to be taken to a ground area (such as
to a port or to ship) or to trucks, we would partner with another unit
that does that," Blanek said.
Eric Renz, an operator, said one mission the unit conducted at Fort
McCoy was switching railroad cars off the main line.
training here was excellent because we donít get to move cars that
often with a large train," Renz said.
Cyrus Brown, another operator, said the training allowed unit members
to engage in rail activity on an almost daily basis.
got to operate the switches, which are standard from post to post and
location to location," he said.