|Story & photos Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Training areas at Fort McCoy continue to evolve to include a mixture of
areas including urban, rural and woodland environments, said Terry Hoff.
Employees from Allied Container
Systems work on a rural village mockup to support Fort McCoy
Hoff, Range officer for Fort McCoy’s Directorate of Plans, Training,
Mobilization and Security, said the new mix more accurately portrays
what Soldiers will face in the real world, including deployments and
“We are continuing to develop training areas that best support what our
customers request,” Hoff said. “We still can offer them the forest/woods
setting, if that’s what they need.”
The installation now has seven rural training villages, including
agricultural villages. Hoff said the areas replicate what they may see
in many areas of the world.
Many of the buildings/structures included in the training areas are
container-type facilities, built/provided by Allied Container Systems
and Military Wraps.
The buildings can be configured in many different ways to provide
buildings troops would most likely encounter.
Some of the rural areas also have or will have crops planted nearby, he
The more urbanized areas, including Mobile Urban Training Site
(MUTS)-North, will include new facilities, such as the container-type
facilities replicating structures, such as market places and prisons, he
The facilities also include realistic facades, such as Military Wrap or
Architectural Simulated Finish.
A view of new container buildings
at Mobile Urban Training Site-South. The facility supports urban
MUTS-South provides other training opportunities, with a larger urban
terrain footprint, he said. MUTS-South now has 138 container-designed
buildings to support urban training.
Many of the buildings are multi-story/multi-container buildings.
MUTS-South will allow units to train up to a battalion task force, as
well as smaller-scale training, including convoy training, he said. “We
can use the area to move units through an urban environment.”
The new structures at MUTS-South meet National Training Center standards
and include hiding areas that Soldiers must account for during the
training, replicating the real-world conditions often encountered during
deployment, he said.
Another new urban training addition is the Search/Site Exploitation
“The four buildings at the Search/Site Exploitation facility will allow
units to train to conduct search training in a simulated inhabited
building,” Hoff said. “These multi-story buildings have been constructed
with hidden compartments.”
Hoff said DPTMS continues to modify and upgrade the training areas to
meet the needs of the units and Soldiers that come to Fort McCoy for
training. All of the training facilities are available for training use
by Soldiers at Fort McCoy for two days or longer, he said.
A project to provide power to the ranges in the North Impact Area that
don’t have electricity is under way, and future projects will
upgrade/update the targetry on Ranges 18 and 101.
For more information about training areas at Fort McCoy or to schedule
facilities, call Range Scheduling at 608-388-3721.