|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.
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
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
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.