Real McCoy Staff
Fort McCoy Mobile Urban Training Site (MUTS)-North area, including the
Live-Fire Shoothouse and the Offense/Defense building, now has
improved video and sound-effects equipment.
Soldiers from the 32nd Infantry
Brigade Combat Team go through the improved training facilities
at the Mobile Urban Training Site-North at Fort McCoy. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
Schwark, the site lead for the contractor Advanced Systems Technology,
said the additional cameras allow for live and recorded playback of
the training scenarios.
sound and sight training equipment provides more-realistic crowd noise
and reaction sounds, as well as other battlefield sounds, animal
noises, music, military commands, smoke effects, and the smells of
everyday life, etc.
additional camera coverage will give us a more complete picture of
movement techniques, how personnel approach a building, vehicle
approaches and civilians on the battlefield (scenarios)," Schwark
said. "It will help ensure things are being done right.
Commanders also can come into (the After-Action Review (AAR) facility)
during their unitsí training and see how the training is going. Itís
much like a closed-circuit TV setup."
new AAR facility configuration allows two AARs to be held at the same
time, he said. The cameras/recording system can be controlled from the
tower in the area.
new training capabilities will include more sophisticated targets,
called human urban targets-2, which will provide lifelike figures for
training. Schwark said many units may bring their own targetry.
big advantage of the new targetry is it can be used with a simulation
system, such as the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System or
air-soft shooting systems, to help simulate wounded and injured
personnel, he said.
system also can be used for night training. Schwark said it is set up
so that troops wonít be able to see the electronic equipment,
including the cameras, when they use night-vision goggles. This will
help add realism to the training.
Matt Elder, commander of Bravo Company of the 2nd, 127th Infantry,
32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT), said the new equipment will
help units critique their training. The 32nd is headquartered at Camp
shows angles of the training that weíve never been able to see
before," Elder said. "We can be somewhere just in time to
see whatís happening, rather than coming just a little late, which
may happen if weíre on the ground."
allows us to see what actually happened, not just that you think you
were doing something," he said. "Itís a great tool to give
feedback to the Soldiers."
said in addition to the training at MUTS-North, the unit also
completed convoy training, base defense at Contingency Operating
Location Freedom and fired weapons on Fort McCoy ranges, including
crew-served weapons, during its three-week training session at the
Steve Bensend, the commander of the 32nd IBCT, said he was pleased
that there seems to be additional improvements at the MUTS-North site
every time Soldiers in the unit train at Fort McCoy. That helps keep
the training realistic.
personnel or other authorized personnel, such as law enforcement,
wishing to use the MUTS-North facilities can schedule them by calling
the Fort McCoy Range Scheduling Section at (608) 388-4121/3721 for