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 October 08, 2010

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Second Live-Fire Shoothouse opens at McCoy

Story & photos by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Office

A second Live-Fire Shoothouse is operational at Fort McCoy and includes updated technology and additional opportunities for units to train on live-fire, urban-assault scenarios.

PHOTO: Personnel from the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation Tactical Team do a walkthrough preparation for a live-fire scenario at Fort McCoy’s second Live-Fire Shoothouse. Photo by Rob Schuette
Personnel from the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation Tactical Team do a walkthrough preparation for a live-fire scenario at Fort McCoy’s second Live-Fire Shoothouse. The training helps prepare them for forced-entry scenarios.

 
PHOTO: Personnel from the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation Tactical Team from throughout the state do a preparation walk-through of the new Live-Fire Shoothouse at Fort McCoy. Photo by Rob Schuette
Personnel from the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation Tactical Team from throughout the state do a preparation walk-through of the new Live-Fire Shoothouse at Fort McCoy. The personnel used the new facility to practice forced-entry techniques.

The facility is located in the Urban Training Complex area, near the installation’s other Live-Fire Shoothouse, and Mobile Urban Training Site (MUTS)-North, said Matthew Schwark, the contracted site lead for Advanced Systems Technology, Inc.

“The new facility includes a color video camera system; front, back and side doors; concrete floors, and a mechanism to set breaching tension in the doors,” Schwark said. “Troops will be able to navigate the new facility quickly, and the concrete floors will make it easier to maintain the area.”

One of the major advantages of having a second Live-Fire Shoothouse is it will help units accomplish urban training when there is a heavy demand for the facilities, he said.

The color video camera will allow the troops to see the after-action-review video in more detail and help them to identify individual Soldiers. Schwark said this will help unit commanders better identify strengths and areas needing improvement for their troops as they perform training and implement corrective actions. Commanders and unit members also can use an after-action-review area in the facility to view video made of their training.

A new door system allows troops to train on breech entrances, he said.

The different tensions will help the training scenarios replicate different entry conditions, such as obstacles or barriers placed behind doors to prevent easy entrance.

A catwalk down the middle of the facility allows commanders and other unit leaders to more closely observe training during a dry run or blank fire and make immediate, on-the-spot corrections, he said. Metal also has been used in place of wood in the new facility to make it easier to maintain, Schwark said.

“Units also will have more control over the scenarios, such as being able to set how many hits a target can take before it goes down,” Schwark said. “We’ve added another parking lot to alleviate the parking situation in the area.”

Members of the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation Tactical Team, have used both shoothouses, and said they liked the new one because of its more-realistic floor surface and the forced-entry training opportunities available because of the new door system.

Terry Hoff, Fort McCoy Range officer, said the new shoothouse continues the goal of the Fort McCoy Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security to provide the latest, up-to-date urban-training facilities.

The Offense/Defense building and the MUTS-North facility also include equipment that can provide noise and smoke technology.

Collectively, the Urban Operations Complex facilities helps the installation offer the most up-to-date, immersive training environment, which more closely represents the current operating environments being encountered by deployed Soldiers, he said.

The facility can be used by units conducting mobilization training, premobilization training or any other authorized training, as well as by law-enforcement agencies.

For more information about scheduling training facilities, call DPTMS Range Scheduling at 608-388-3721/3713/5313.

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