By Rob Schuette,
The Real McCoy Staff
Wisconsin Military Academy (WMA) of the Wisconsin National Guard is
celebrating its 50th anniversary as an organization, with the
organization being located at Fort McCoy for the past 13 years of its
Col. Kenneth Koon the 426th
Regiment (Regional Training Institution) commander speaks at the
OCS graduation ceremonies. (Photo
by Herb Dowell)
anniversary celebration event at the WMA included the commissioning of
second lieutenants, the appointments of the WMAís first warrant
officer course graduates and the induction of three personnel to the
WMAís Hall of Fame.
1st Class Margaret Diehl, 426th Regiment (Regional Training
Institution) Human Resource NCO, said the WMA originated as an officer
candidate school in 1958. During its 50 years of existence, it has
graduated more than 1,700 officers.
can attend a traditional course, which is spread out over 18 months,
and occurs main-ly at the WMA. Diehl said those who need to go through
the course quicker can take an accelerated course, which includes
eight consecutive weeks of training in Alabama. Candidates from both
courses are commissioned at Fort McCoy.
Members of the the audience wait for the start of
Officer Candidate Graduation ceremonies, 23 August 08,
at the Wisconsin Military Academy, Fort McCoy, WI.
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WMA has added a number of courses throughout the years," Diehl
said. "These include Field Artillery training, NCOES
(Noncommissioned Officer Education System) courses, Officer Candidate
School (OCS), Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS), and a variety
of other courses."
426th Regimentís two battalions conduct the training at the WMA.
Field Artillery Battalion consists of Military Occupational Skill
Qualification (MOSQ) and NCOES companies that conduct the field
artillery training for 13B, 13D, 13F, 13M and 13P.
Modular Training Battalion consists of MOSQ, NCOES and OCS/WOCS
companies that conduct such training as 11B (infantry skills), 88M
(truck driving), Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course (BNCOC) Phase I,
combat lifesaver and fitness improvement training.
the WMA is operated by the Wisconsin National Guard, its courses and
training are open to personnel from the Armyís three components ó
National Guard, Reserve and active duty.
2nd Lt. Christine N. Kramer
kneels as her children pin on her new rank during the Officer
Candidate School graduation ceremony. (Photo
by Herb Dowell)
WMA keeps up-to-date with technology, as well, with the opening of its
new simulation wing in 2007, Diehl said. The organization also has
offered this training to other organizations, such as the Fort McCoy
NCO Academy, to support their training needs.
highlights of 2007 included a busy year from the Field Artillery side.
Seven live-fire exercises were held, with firing including the
self-propelled Paladin howitzer and several units with towed
WMA is a nationally recognized leader in Field Artillery training and
is the only Army National Guard Field Artillery Training Battalion to
gain the designation of "Center of Excellence" by the Army.
Fort Sill, Okla., an active-duty Army installation that is home to the
Armyís Field Artillery School, trains more Soldiers in Field
Artillery than the WMA does.
426th (WMA) has had a very good relationship with Fort McCoy since it
dedicated its present building on the installation in September
1995," Diehl said. "We are looking forward to continuing
that relationship in future years."
WMA is planning another busy training year in 2009, Diehl said. The
facility also allows other organizations to use its facilities,
including classrooms and large meeting areas such as Dailey Hall, to
support their events when possible and when it doesnít conflict with
WMA training needs.
want more information about WMA courses can call the organization at
(608) 388-9900 or visit the Army Training Requirements and Resources
System Web site to see what courses are being offered.