|Story & photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Units that train at Fort McCoy are encouraged to attend a training
coordination briefing session to discuss any training issues, coordinate
training with other units and to seek assistance from Directorate of
Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS) personnel, as
Michael Kelley, the Range Scheduling supervisor, said the meetings are
held in building 2954 Monday through Saturday at 9 a.m. Anyone who is
scheduled to use Fort McCoy training areas, including military
personnel, law-enforcement personnel, etc., is welcome to attend.
Mark Stelzner of Fort McCoy Range
Scheduling assists representatives from the Warrior Exercise and
the 1st, 121st Field Artillery coordinate use of installation
training areas so both can conduct necessary training and
accomplish their missions.
“We hold the meetings to coordinate training and assist units with
executing their training on our range complex,” Kelley said. “We can
help them to use our range complex more effectively.”
For example, if a unit needing to conduct training for a task such as
weapons training for one or very few Soldiers it may not be time- or
Kelley said the coordination opportunities available at the briefings
may provide an opportunity to more efficiently conduct this training
with another unit.
Unit representatives also can check the current status of other ranges
through the Range Facility Management Support System (RFMSS) or meet
with other DPTMS personnel, such as Range Scheduling or Safety, to talk
about other range issues, he said. Kelley said RFMSS can help units
schedule training facilities that might not have been opened when they
made their range-scheduling requests.
Master Sgt. Samuel Carr of the 2nd, 86th Training Division of Milwaukee
said he attended the briefings on behalf of the Warrior Exercise (WAREX),
which the 86th coordinated.
“The main purpose of my attending the meetings is to deconflict any
issues we may have with other units or installation work,” Carr said.
“We had MEDEVAC flights, for example, and we wanted to coordinate with
artillery units that are firing. Some of the ongoing road projects on
post also posed a conflict to convoys so we worked to deconflict those
Another advantage of the meetings is to meet with counterparts from
other units face-to-face, which gives them faces and names of people to
deal with for training issues, Carr said.
This can help ensure training goes smoothly. Carr said it might be the
difference between allowing Lanes training to continue from beginning to
end without interruption instead of having to stop after about 20-30
minutes to address a training issue.
“It can be hard to stop training, rest and then go again,” Carr said.
“The interruptions can break concentration and make it difficult to
resume training and accomplish our missions. Pre-coordination of issues
can save us a lot of time and helps ensure we don’t have to stop
Capt. Nicholas Braun, the training officer for the 1st, 121st Field
Artillery (FA), a Wisconsin Army National Guard unit from Milwaukee,
said his unit comes to the briefings because it needs a lot of training
space to conduct artillery firing, such as the High Mobility Artillery
“We come here to ensure we have all the ranges we need and there are no
other issues,” Braun said.
Sometimes the process also allows units to coordinate potential training
Maj. Michel Alvis of the First Medical Training Brigade of the Medical
Readiness Training Command, of Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, who also
represented WAREX 2012, said he attended the meeting to coordinate the
exercise’s training needs. WAREX needed to have a landing zone in the
area to take care of any potential medical evacuation needs.
Because the 1st, 121st FA already had one set up, the units discussed if
they could coordinate use of it.
Alvis said that would save his unit the time and manpower needed to
establish the landing zone. Members of the 1st, 121st FA also could
benefit from a scenario of coordinating and securing the use of a
landing zone by another unit, he said.
For more information about the briefings, unit representatives can call
608-388-3721 or 388-4142.