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August 24, 2012

Training

National Guard engineer unit conducts
premobilization training at Fort McCoy

A Wisconsin Army National Guard engineer unit conducted premobilization training at Fort McCoy using the Home Station Training Lanes and related facilities to refine its Army Warrior Skills and battle drill missions.
PHOTO: Members of the 229th Engineer Company use smoke to conceal their movements during a premobilization scenario. Photo by Rob Schuette
Members of the 229th Engineer Company use smoke to conceal their movements during a premobilization scenario to help prepare them for an upcoming deployment.
(Photo by Rob Schuette )

Capt. Jesse Augustine, the commander of the 229th Engineer Company (Horizontal), which is headquartered in Prarie du Chien with a detachment in Platteville, said the unit conducted nearly four weeks of premobilization training in late July and early August. The unit will report to Fort Bliss, Texas, before deploying to support Operation Enduring Freedom.

The unit reacted to improvised explosive device contact, small-arms contact and indirect fire, and evacuated casualties while accomplishing its engineer missions. Augustine said the Fort McCoy training also included recovering vehicles, changing gunners in vehicles, and conducting road-reconnaissance missions.

Several Soldiers from the unit served as opposing force personnel to help train unit members to accomplish their missions, he said.

Individual and leader tasks mandated by First Army also were part of the training.

Members of the 229th make roads more passable by making improvements to intersections, he said.

Augustine said the unit has trained at Fort McCoy on a constant basis in the past and appreciates the excellent training facilities and ranges to support all of its engineer and tactical training needs.

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