|Story & photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Range Branch services and facilities have been consolidated in Fort
McCoy’s 2900 block area to provide a one-stop area for customers and
better working accommodations for staff members.
Paul Rose, a radio operator,
keeps in contact with units on the ranges from the radio room in
Range services, including scheduling, safety, operations, Integrated
Training Area Management (ITAM), Range Control and Range Inspection have
relocated in building 2954. Building 2955, which is right next door, is
used for storage, such as for ITAM and Land Rehabilitation and
Maintenance equipment. The Range Maintenance Section now in building
2786, which is several hundred yards from building 2954, has more space
than it did previously, said Terry Hoff, Fort McCoy Range Officer.
“This makes it a lot easier for us to coordinate services and keep track
of the current use statuses of the ranges,” Hoff said. “Building 2954
was laid out the way we wanted so it gives us better use of office space
than in our previous facilities.”
Building 2954 also has a large classroom, which can accommodate more
personnel than the former classroom the Range Branch had in building
110. Hoff said that will allow the Range Branch to hold more
coordination conferences/meetings on site. Range Branch employees also
will be more readily accessible, helping to save time for both customers
and staff members.
Range personnel have access to the latest in technology and furniture.
For example, radio room personnel have adjustable furniture, which
allows them to stand up and still perform required functions during a
“That feature helps keep everything at their finger tips, and it’s
important they can stand up during work because they work 10-12 hour
shifts,” Hoff said.
Technology will continue to play a big role in future Range Branch work,
Hoff said. The current graphic map depictions of range statuses
eventually will be replaced by technology that allows Range personnel to
have real-time, video access to range activities through the Range
Facility Management Support System computer software program.
Hoff said Directorate of Public Works personnel coordinated the contract
to perform the work.
All offices and personnel have retained the same phone numbers and
e-mail addresses, he said.