|(Editor’s note: “SPOTLIGHT” is a continuing series
about tenant activities and missions at Fort McCoy.)
What is it?
Regional Training Site (RTS)-Maintenance Fort McCoy provides training to
active-duty, reserve and National Guard personnel in the Mechanical
Maintenance (91) Career Management Field.
Students in a Regional Training
Site-Maintenance 91B Wheeled Maintenance Class train on Military
Occupational Specialty skills.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Courses taught at RTS-Maintenance include Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic,
Wheeled Vehicle Recovery, Laundry Systems Specialist, Standard Army
Maintenance System – Enhanced (SAMS-E), and more. The organization has
multiple training facilities including nine classrooms that are
fully-equipped with the latest in digital and computer-based audiovisual
equipment and mire pits for vehicle recovery training.
RTS-Maintenance Fort McCoy, one of four RTS-Maintenance organizations in
the Army Reserve, is aligned under the 3rd Brigade, 94th Division of the
80th Training Command.
What have they done?
RTS-Maintenance Fort McCoy became a tenant activity at the installation
in 1989. It provides year-round courses from the Noncommissioned Officer
Education Courses, maintenance military occupational specialty skills
training and additional skill identifier (ASI) instruction.
The organization has also trained personnel outside of Fort McCoy by
sending mobile training teams to unit home stations.
RTS-Maintenance Fort McCoy has instructors with a wide range of
maintenance experience and knowledge. The staff’s credentials helped the
organization obtain the designation as an institution of excellence
after receiving a perfect score during its reaccreditation process in
2009. The organization is the first Army Reserve maintenance
organization to receive a perfect score.
RTS-Maintenance had its most-recent accreditation review in July. The
unit is anticipating receiving the Army Enterprise Accreditation
designation from the Combined Arms Support Command.
What do they have planned?
RTS-Maintenance Fort McCoy held a change-of-command ceremony July 20.
The outgoing commandant, Maj. Matthew Jenkins, passed command to the new
commandant, Maj. Victor McGee.
The organization will continue to provide excellent training to
servicemembers in the mechanical maintenance field.
Why are they important?
The training provided by RTS-Maintenance at Fort McCoy is important to
Soldiers in the maintenance field because it teaches skills that are
valuable during training and deployments such as air conditioning
repair, vehicle recovery, and laundry system repair. RTS-Maintenance
also helps Soldiers fulfill required training such as that for the
SAMS-E computer program, which is required training for all
reserve-component maintenance Soldiers being mobilized and deployed. The
organization first offered the course in fiscal year 2008.
The organization also is one of only two Army Reserve RTS-Maintenance
facilities that offers the Warrior Chemical Equipment Repairer Course,
and ASI – Laundry Advanced System Repair/Operation Course.
RTS-Maintenance Fort McCoy has more than 100 permanently assigned
end-items to aid in training. Included are an Abrams Tank, Heavy
Equipment Tactical Transporter, Tactical Quiet Generators, the Family of
Modern Tactical Vehicles, the Laundry Advanced System with the
Containerized Batch Laundry, as well as the latest SAMS-E software.
For more information about RTS-Maintenance, call 608-388-3938.