|Mobilization trainers at Fort McCoy are training
Soldiers to use the Husky Mounted Detection System (HMDS), one of the
newest, state-of-the-art systems to detect and identify threats buried
in the ground, specifically improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and
anti-tank mines, that litter the battlefield.
One Soldier closely watches on
the ground while another Soldier operates the Husky Mounted
Detection System at Fort McCoy.
(Photo by Tom Michele)
Sgt. 1st Class Scott Ellsworth, master driver with the 2nd, 411th
Logistical Support Battalion of the 181st Infantry Brigade, said “this
training at Fort McCoy is helping to save Soldiers’ lives.”
The 181st conducts mobilization training at Fort McCoy for Soldiers,
Airmen and Sailors deploying in support of Operations New Dawn and
“The HMDS is very important because it takes away the enemy’s ability to
camouflage IEDs,” Ellsworth said.
The HMDS is mounted on the front of the Husky that is often the lead
vehicle in route clearance patrols, which are major missions for most of
the engineer units mobilizing through Fort McCoy.
“One of the values to have the HMDS at Fort McCoy is that McCoy has a
four-season capability that is similar to Afghanistan. We can show the
operators what they will be experiencing in theater not just tell them
about it.” Ellsworth said. “The Husky, with its HMDS, is the ‘broom of