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                 July 22, 2011

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Quarry unit moves equipment, sets up new site at South-Post location

The quarry unit that operates a rock-crushing site at Fort McCoy has moved its equipment to a new site.

Staff Sgt. Aaron Larson, the quarry foreman for the 106th Engineer Detachment (Quarry), an Army National Guard unit from Tomah, said the equipment now has a more permanent and convenient site on South Post.
PHOTO: Soldiers from the 106th Engineer Detachment prepare a new site on South Post for their rock-crushing operations. Photo by Rob Schuette
Soldiers from the 106th Engineer Detachment prepare a new site on South Post for their rock-crushing operations. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

The old North Post site was near a busy entrance road used by units training on North Post ranges, which could make it difficult for trucks hauling rocks to access the site.

Larson said the former rock-crushing site also had a limited area for the equipment and its operation.

“The new site is larger and more isolated from other training so it will suit our training better,” Larson said. “It also will help reduce congestion on the range access road.”

Work at the new rock-crusher site also includes unit members preparing an area near the site that the installation can use to support training, he said.

1st Lt. Robert Turpin, detachment commander, said the unit will continue its mission at Fort McCoy to crush rocks to support Troop Project work.

PHOTO: Rock-crushing equipment from the 106th Engineer Detachment (Quarry) is staged at the North-Post site. Photo by Rob Schuette
Rock-crushing equipment from the 106th Engineer Detachment (Quarry) is staged at the North-Post site in preparation for its movement to its new South-Post site. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

Projects the material could be used to support include roads (gravel, asphalt or concrete), sidewalks, helipads or dams.

Larry Morrow, Fort McCoy Troop Projects coordinator, said he is looking forward to getting the raw material to use to support installation troop projects.

The unit’s rock-crushing equipment was disassembled to prepare it for the movement.

“This should be our home for the foreseeable future,” Turpin said. “The troops are looking forward to using it,” and supporting installation troop projects.

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