Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
training started with the basics and worked its way through the walk
and run stages as personnel from the Wisconsin Army National Guard
trained at Fort McCoy in early August.
Personnel from the 32nd Brigade
Special Troops Battalion train on movement procedures during a
scenario at the Mobile Urban Training Site-South at Fort McCoy. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
Sgt. Matthew Fall of the 32nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion (BSTB)
said unit members prepared for all potential missions, including
deployment, during their extended combat training sessions.
unit has been deployed several times during the past six years.
the unit’s past duty stations were Panama, Nicaragua, the Marshall
Islands, Germany, and Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, Fall
said the training helps the former engineer unit cover new ground as
its mission changed to include infantry duties as part of Army
Lt. Joel Busboom of the 32nd BSTB said the military operations on
urban terrain (MOUT) training at the Mobile Urban Training Site
(MUTS)-South facility at Fort McCoy allowed the Soldiers to learn,
build and coordinate the tasks in a crawl, walk and run
level of motivation and commitment of the BSTB Soldiers was very
high," Busboom said. "Everyone seems proud of what they’re
Soldiers form the 32nd Brigade
Special Troops Battalion train on a building-clearing scenario
at Mobile Urban Training Site-South at Fort McCoy. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
Sgt. Shane Johnson, a squad leader for the 32nd BSTB, said the troops
learned the fundamentals of how to clear rooms during the training at
buildings here are very similar and to scale of what you see on
deployments," Johnson said. "This is pretty realistic
Andrew Rhyner, who is with the 32nd BSTB Military Police (MP), said
the instructors, including some from within the unit and some from
outside the unit, were very knowledgeable about the topics and passing
on their knowledge.
let us make mistakes and then correct them as we move through the
tasks," Rhyner said.
Tong Xiong, a mechanic with the 32nd BSTB, said the training was
important for him because anyone on a deployment may find themselves
clearing rooms or being involved in MOUT missions.
is a chance to work with personnel you don’t (usually) work
with," Xiong said. "They all know what they’re doing, and
that helps you develop teamwork and trust and to watch out for each
Jana Schmudlach and Spc. Andrea Fox, both MPs with the 32nd BSTB, said
the Fort McCoy Engagement Skills Trainer facilities also provided
important weapons training and familiarization.
helped us get familiar with weapons we might use during a deployment,
such as SAWS (squad automatic weapons) and .50-caliber machine guns
that we don’t normally fire," Schmudlach said. "We can get
a chance to shoot them and see how they react."
said the training also emphasized simple tasks, such as taking apart
weapons to clean them and perform basic maintenance.
taught us what to do if you have a runaway (weapon is stuck and
continues to fire without the firing mechanism being engaged),"
she said. "This can be real important if you face a situation
where your weapon (malfunctions) during a mission and you have to fix
it. Everything you learn goes hand-in-hand with what you’re
unit leaders kept the Soldiers engaged and busy during the entire
training time, while looking out for safety, Fox said. Personnel
taking breaks from training because of the heat, for example, used
that time to work on Warrior Training Tasks, Schmudlach added.