Power to Range project complete for
ranges surrounding North Impact Area
|Electrical power now available at all ranges/training
facilities that surround Fort McCoy’s North Impact Area will improve
training and quality-of-life conditions for Soldiers training on those
ranges, said Terry Hoff.
Hoff, the Fort McCoy Range officer, said Xcel Energy, Fort McCoy’s
energy provider, installed the primary electricity connections to the
transformers. Bloom Companies LLC of Milwaukee, installed secondary
electricity connections to take electricity from the transformers to the
range buildings, targets, etc. The $2.7 million project was paid for by
Military Construction, Army Reserve funding.
The project brings power to the Live Breach Facility, Ranges 6 (the
Infantry Squad Battle Course), 8 (Hand Grenade Live) 10 (Reflexive), 12
(Light Anti-Tank), 17 (Squad Defense), 17A (Light Demo) and 18 (Gun
The new project completes the loop of electrical power around the North
Impact Area. Hoff said that will give the installation an electrical
feed from both directions. If there is an interruption of power from one
direction, electricity can be rerouted and supplied from the other
“It will provide us with a power backup for the first time and make the
power more reliable, which will reduce the potential of training
interruptions (in case of) power outages,” he said.
Roy Brewer, project engineer for the Army Corps of Engineer Project
Office at Fort McCoy, said Ranges 1, 2, 26, and 30-35 near the North
Impact Area have had electrical power since the late 1990s and early
“Bloom placed 1.1 miles of secondary power connections to the ranges
included in the most-recent project and finished two months ahead of
schedule,” Brewer said. “The project is ready to go to support
The project will eliminate the use of generators, which are
environmentally unfriendly, on these ranges, Hoff said. “Electrical
power is more convenient, more reliable and easier to maintain.”
Electrical power will eliminate power surges and be friendlier to such
things as hard-wired targets, computers, lights, transformers and
radios, he said. In addition to being less expensive, electrical power
will reduce downtime for repairs, maintenance, etc. It also will help
reduce manpower needed to place and remove generators and will reduce
noise. Hoff said electrical power will eliminate the use/transportation
of batteries and diesel fuel used to start and power the generators, as
well as reduce the environmental risks associated with storage and
dispensing of fuel, he said.
“Electrical power will be more suitable to us having more permanent
structures on the ranges, which will improve training opportunities and
comfort for troops in winter and inclement weather,” Hoff said.
Permanent buildings and electricity are better to support the
installation of such things as lighting, air conditioning, wells/water
supply, and latrines, than using non-permanent structures and
For more information about scheduling ranges or other training
facilities at Fort McCoy, call Range Scheduling at 608-388-3721.