|Story & photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Fort McCoy’s Central Vehicle Wash Facility helps Soldiers keep military
or government vehicles and equipment clean and in good operating
The 23-station facility opened in 1994. Carl Blixt, the Supervisor of
the Fort McCoy Troop and Installation Support Branch, said units using
the facility after training can extend the life expectancy of their
A Soldier from the 327th Engineer
Company of Ladysmith (and Onalaska), Wis., cleans unit vehicles
at the Central Vehicle Wash Facility. The unit was wrapping up
their training at the installation.
“The thorough cleaning, which also includes the engines, helps reduce
maintenance costs,” Blixt said. “It also helps to prevent equipment
Cleaned vehicles may be turned in at the Maneuver Area Training
Equipment Site or the Equipment Concentration Site-67 for maintenance
and storage, or they may be driven or shipped to home stations, he said.
Jon Finch, a Central Vehicle Wash Facility staff member, said he and
fellow co-worker Kevin Arnold, are on site to help units move equipment
through the facility as quickly and efficiently as possible. The
facility, which comfortably can handle up to about 250 pieces of
equipment or vehicles daily, is the only area on post that can be used
to wash military tracked vehicles, he said.
“The facility uses a lot of pressure so it’s better suited for bigger
vehicles.” Finch said. “We also can handle any leased General Services
Blixt said the facility also helps protect and maintain the
installation’s environment, including training areas, from the material
washed off of the equipment/vehicles.
Water used to clean the vehicles is drained into a sediment basin. Any
oil and fuel material is skimmed off, loaded into oil containers and
disposed of as hazardous waste by a contractor in accordance with
environmental laws, he said. The water then goes to an 11-million-gallon
holding pond, where filtration methods remove sand and any other
“This gives us good, clean water to wash the vehicles,” Blixt said. “We
can reuse about 98 percent of the water, so we conserve that resource as
The facility generally has its busiest use during the summer months,
with engineer units and their large equipment/vehicles being a prime
customer, he said.
The facility is open April 1-Oct. 31, weather permitting. The facility
is closed if it’s too cold or if there is an electrical storm, for
During April and October, the facility is open weekdays, while it is
open daily during the other months. Hours are 7 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
Appointments or reservations of the facility are highly encouraged so
units don’t have to wait to clean their vehicles, Arnold said. For more
information or to schedule an appointment, call 608-388-4241 or