|(Editor’s note: “SPOTLIGHT” is a continuing series
about tenant activities and missions at Fort McCoy.)
What is it?
Regional Training Site (RTS)-Medical Fort McCoy is a training platform
for the medical warfighting function. It provides and supports a variety
of individual- and section-level medical skills sustainment training and
unit-level collective training.
Soldiers with the 807th Medical
Command attend a two-week Sustainment Course at Regional
Training Site–Medical Fort McCoy. The Soldiers trained on
individual skills tasks.
(Photo by Geneve N. Mankel)
Classes taught at RTS-Medical include Combat Lifesaving, Combat
Casualty Care, Advanced Trauma Life Support, Pre-Hospital Trauma Life
Support, and Health Care Specialist (68W) military occupational
It also provides training on all areas of the Deployable Medical Systems
(DEPMEDS), which is a 44-bed hospital.
RTS-Medical Fort McCoy primarily provides training to Army Reserve units
but also trains active-duty, Guard, Navy and Air Force personnel.
RTS-Medical Fort McCoy is aligned under the Medical Readiness Training
Command at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio. It is one of four RTS-Medical
facilities in the U.S.
What have they done?
RTS-Medical has been at Fort McCoy for 21 years. During its time at the
installation its medical-training campus has expanded to include several
facilities located within walking distance of one another.
It provides the newest infrastructure in the medical training-site
inventory. The most-recent additions include an 11,000-square-foot
medical training classroom and a 12,000-square-foot biomedical equipment
repair facility. Both were completed in 2009.
What do they have planned?
A 6,000-square-foot nonmedical maintenance building will be constructed
in 2012 to support 54 pieces of rolling stock including ambulances,
light medium tactical vehicles, and the latest medical vehicles to
support training. A medical clinical skills training lab is a planned
addition to the training building in fall 2012.
RTS-Medical is the primary source for training on the DEPMEDS equipment
and its 14 functional areas, to include treatment areas, operating
rooms, laboratory and more.
The DEPMEDS is vital to military medical training because of its
extensive use throughout theaters of operation.
The equipment is not available at Army Reserve units’ home stations.
Additionally, RTS-Medical Fort McCoy offers a platform for critical
medical skills training to servicemembers that is relevant and advanced.
RTS-Medical supports medical training as part of the Army Force
For more information about RTS-Medical, call 608-388-2544.