Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
Reserve quartermaster Soldiers culminated their premobilization
training at Fort McCoy by using all the skills they learned to
navigate a convoy scenario.
Soldiers, including members of
the 855th Quartermaster Company, train on convoy scenarios
during premobilization training by the Regional Training
Center-North at Fort McCoy. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
Robert Phelps, commander of the 855th Quartermaster Company of South
Bend, Ind., said the scenario culminated an intense, weeklong schedule
of activities for his unit to wrap up their training.
(scenario) is our reward — to put all the training we’ve had
together and execute our mission," Phelps said. "It also
helps our leaders sharpen their skills and prepare for mobilization
Chris Sharp, commander of Echo Company of Regional Training Center (RTC)-North,
said the scenario included reconnaissance with a bridge clearing and
calling in medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) assistance after sustaining
casualties. Members of the RTC-North staff functioned as opposing
forces to present different training scenarios.
Soldiers first," Sharp said. "We try to prepare them for
every possible action and reaction (during a convoy mission)."
said quartermaster Soldiers may be assigned a number of duties during
deployment. Soldiers could be assigned to convoys.
also might be assigned to rapid response forces.
don’t practice war during our normal training," Phelps said.
"But this training helps give us an understanding of what to do
if we’re tasked for a mission. We have to be prepared for
Eric Eaton of the 855th said the convoy training was very realistic,
including the part about the MEDEVAC.
never did it before," Eaton said. "You can’t do it unless
there’s a helicopter (available)."
training with the radio communications equipment also was excellent.
Overall, the training helped the unit prepare for the next phase of
its mobilization training, he said.
Joshua Williamson of the 855th said doing the convoy scenario was good
training because he had never done anything like it before.
think it was great," Williamson said. "If we’re ever put
in that position (during a deployment), we will have an idea what to
members also had the opportunity to learn how to mark a landing zone
for a helicopter, he said.
helicopter crew helped teach us how to place litters on a
helicopter," Williamson said.
good scenario had to deal with the aftermath of having two drivers
"killed" during a mission.
said that meant unit personnel had to regroup and determine how they
were going to replace the drivers, man the vehicle and move it to
where the mission dictated it should go.
provides three weeks of premobilization training at Fort McCoy to Army
premobilization training focuses on individual tasks to help prepare
the Soldiers for deployment.