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Training

Troops prepare new rock-crushing 
site for quarry team training needs

By Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff

The installation rock crushing site is being moved from its North Post location to South Post as part of a Troop Projects project.

Photo: A Soldier works on clearing and grubbing the South Post site that will serve as the new location for the rock-crushing equipment of the 106th Quarry Team. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
A Soldier works on clearing and grubbing the South Post site that will serve as the new location for the rock-crushing equipment of the 106th Quarry Team. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

Michael Perzel III, installation Troop Projects coordinator for Fort McCoy, said the new location was chosen because it fits in better with the installationís master plan and will have easier access to roadways, particularly those off post. Perzel works for VT Griffin, which is contracted to provide Directorate of Public Works services. This is important because much of the material brought in for the rock crusher comes from off post, he said.

"The current site also has a lot of dust when the equipment is used," Perzel said. "The new site has the potential to have a source of water some day. That also will allow us to pursue better products that would benefit from being cleaned by water."

Material brought to the rock crushing site is turned into products that can be used to support road work, lower-grade railroad ballast work, and any other projects that could use crushed rock, Perzel said.


"The new site is better because it is bigger and offers more room to work."

Sgt. Jason Kirch,
106th Quarry Team

Staff Sgt. Jason Kirch of the 106th Quarry Team of Tomah, Wis., served as the NCOIC for the project. The personnel working on the project are volunteers, he said. Most of the volunteers are from the 229th Engineer Company of Prairie du Chien and Platteville.

"The new site is better because it is bigger and offers more room to work," Kirch said. "It also will have better headwalls."

Kirch said the project also offers good training. The site was cleared and grubbed during an extended combat training session.

Personnel involved in the project are getting additional stick time and vehicle operations experience on the equipment being used to prepare the new site for the rock-crushing equipment, he said.

This is good experience because the 106th was moved from the Ashland area to Tomah as part of Army Transformation, he said. Many of the unitís members did not transfer with the organization, but remained in the area and/or went to different units.

 

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