|A new Forward Arming and Refueling Point (FARP) has
been built at Fort McCoy to better serve the needs of units training
with rotary wing (helicopter) aircraft.
Brent Friedl, the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and
Security (DPTMS) Installation Training Area Management (ITAM)
Coordinator, said the project will provide a forward-type facility for
helicopters to conduct training on refueling and rearming missions.
Employees from Wieser Concrete move a T-wall into place at the
new Forward Arming and Refueling Point at Fort McCoy.
The project was pursued to provide a more suitable site for
rotary-wing aircraft operations.
The old FARP site was relatively small and literally just an open grassy
field, Friedl said. A site near Young Assault Airstrip also was
considered for the new FARP, but it increased conflicts with the
Sparta/Fort McCoy airfield and the South post air space.
“This area (the new FARP) is isolated enough that it should minimize
conflicts with other training. The project also supports the DPTMS
Integrated Training Environment Strategic Vision, which includes
configuring the C-17 to C-20 training areas into a Field Air Operations
Helicopters can use the FARP site to land and conduct arming and
refueling missions in the same, expedited manner they would in a
tactical setting, Friedl said. The facility includes a semi-improved
landing pad, seven parking pads with associated barricades, two concrete
refueling pads, and a vaulted latrine.
Brooks Lundeen, the Land Rehabilitation and Management (LRAM)
coordinator, said the complex was built on a former rapid repair
“We didn’t have to go in and disturb a site not being used,” Lundeen
said. “We were going to have to do work at the site anyway, so we are
able to do work to support training and help minimize impacts to the
The site does not have permanent fuel-storage containers. Units will
have to coordinate the delivery of fuel and have it trucked in to
support training, he said.
James Hubbard, Sparta-Fort McCoy Airport manager, said the new site also
has environmental safeguards, including concrete pits and T-walls, to
help contain any potential fuel spills and armament mishaps.
The Sparta-Fort McCoy Airport has a fixed-site refueling point to
support aircraft training. Hubbard said the new FARP site will help
support combat and field training scenarios and attract more units with
helicopter assets to train at the installation.
Constructing the FARP was a collaborative effort among DPTMS personnel,
Troop Project work and a concrete contractor, Lundeen said. LRAM
reconfigured the site initially, built the landing and parking pads, and
removed remaining remnants of the rapid repair airstrip.
Larry Morrow, Troop Project coordinator, said the engineer personnel
conducting Troop Project work at the FARP site improved north and south
trails into the area. They also poured two concrete spill containment
areas and seven gravel pads for the T-Walls.
“This gave them a chance to use their equipment and do things they
wouldn’t do all the time,” Morrow said. “If they were deployed, there’s
a good chance they would be doing a project like this.”
Wieser Concrete set the T-walls, and the DPTMS (LRAM) personnel are
conducting the finishing work.
In addition to input from Troop Projects and the Sparta-Fort McCoy
Airport personnel, Friedl said the project also was coordinated with
personnel from the Natural Resources Branch and Environmental Division
to ensure it addressed environmental concerns, etc.
The final phases of the project will include dust control applications
for the landing and parking pads and possibly, in the future, tie-down
locations for the rotary aircraft to secure their aircraft during
inclement weather, Friedl said. Units interested in using this facility
in the future must schedule the site through the DPTMS Range Scheduling
Section and submit a special site request outlining their specific