|Story & photos by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
For more information about scheduling training facilities, call DPTMS
Range Scheduling at 608-388-3721/3713/5313.