Partnership creates Reserve’s ‘new
|By Capt. Sean Casey, Spc. Michael McDevitt, & Spc.
Phillip Scaringi, 78th Training Division Public Affairs
FORT McCOY, Wis. — Fort McCoy, a U.S. Army training center, supports
training and mobilization of Active-Duty, National Guard and Reserve
personnel from all branches of service.
Fort McCoy has become a premiere training location for units by
providing both individual- and unit-level training.
The installation’s state-of-the-art training ranges and facilities
simulate varying environments which units will encounter while deployed
throughout the world, resulting in servicemembers developing and
sustaining skills necessary for mission success.
Fort McCoy’s Garrison Commander Col. Steven W. Nott noted that Fort
McCoy has been involved with the mobilization of every major conflict
since its establishment in 1909. As combat operations in Iraq have
ceased and as International Security Assistance Forces transition
security operations to Afghan National Security forces in Afghanistan,
Nott envisions a busy future for Fort McCoy.
Resources currently serving servicemembers overseas can be diverted to
Fort McCoy, improving resources necessary to sustain and improve
readiness of units who travel to Fort McCoy to attend training.
The 78th Training Division (Operations) serves the U.S. Army Reserves as
one of the Army Reserve’s Combat Training Centers and uses the
facilities at Fort McCoy for mission execution, of Warrior Exercises and
the Combat Support Training Exercises (CSTX).
The 78th TD (OPS) facilitates these operations to provide U.S Army
Reserve units dynamic and challenging training scenarios as well as
evaluations to assist units preparing for future deployment overseas.
Looking toward the future, a cohesive partnership between the 78th TD
(OPS), other subordinates of the 84th Training Command (Unit Readiness),
and Fort McCoy is paramount to sustaining the readiness of the force.
Under guidance from U.S. Army Chief of Staff, General Raymond T. Odierno,
focusing on maintaining combat readiness will become the ‘new normal’
throughout the Army Reserve starting in 2013, as the force transitions
from wartime to peacetime operations.
Army Reserve units will continue to drill on a monthly basis and based
on their units Army Force Generation cycle conduct lengthier annual
training exercises to harness the wealth of knowledge and experience
from past deployments to better prepare them for the future. Fort McCoy
and the 78th TD (OPS) have already begun to implement this initiative,
which is evident in the quality of training provided during this year’s
“Our relationship with Fort McCoy is dynamic …” says Brig. Gen. Bryan
Wample, commanding general, 78th TD (OPS), “Fort McCoy has been a hub
for pre-mobilization for years, and they will continue to be a critical
hub for the Army Reserve.”
Training in the Army Reserve must always remain at a high standard,
regardless of whether or not they are conducting wartime or peacetime
Both commanders intend for the valued partnership between Fort McCoy and
the 78th TD (OPS) to continue and prosper while moving ahead into future