By Tom Michele, The
Real McCoy Contributor
addition to the Fort McCoy fleet of tactical vehicles patrolling the
streets and roads is the Guardian armored security vehicle (ASV), more
particularly labeled an M1117 ASV-150 in Army lingo.
Driver Pfc. Thomas Tracy and
gunner Spc. Trenton Murray get checked out in the Guardian
vehicle prior to a training mission at Fort McCoy. (Photo
by Tom Michele)
Guardians are being introduced at McCoy as the Army evolves into newer
technology, specifically in "combating" improvised explosive
20 Guardians appeared in Troop Motor Pool parking lots, soon migrating
to numerous training areas and range roads, according to Staff Sgt.
Corey Scott, with the 81stís C Troop, 1st Squadron, 303rd Cavalry.
The 81st Heavy Brigade Combat Team (HBCT) is at Fort McCoy mobilizing
in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
were running in the middle of mounted convoy patrols of mobilizing
Soldiers going through numerous mission exercises. The training
involved various elements of the 303rd.
is natural to have the new vehicles in the middle of 81st training
because the vehicles are the property of the 81stís Brigade Special
Troops Battalion (BSTB).
Guardian weighs approximately six tons and holds the driver, truck
commander, turret gunner and one more crew member.
small-arms weapons may be employed on the Guardian, including the
MK-19 grenade launcher and M2 .50-caliber machine gun. Squad Automatic
Weapons and M240 light machine guns also may be used.
said, "We are using the Guardians for all aspects of mobilization
training, including convoy training, contingency operating location
operations, setting up landing zones, small-arms skills, various
battle-focused training tasks, even Combat Life Saver training. For
our mission in Iraq we will primarily be assigned to convoy escort
with supplies and logistics for military and nonmilitary missions.
Anything they want us for."
is very interesting in that the Guardian has the multi-weapons
capabilities and the way it handles in various terrain," Scott
said. "It has a lot of armor on it, a very powerful diesel engine
and very quick reaction time. It can be turned Ďon a dime.í"
Troop First Sergeant 1st Sgt. Kevin Brooker said, "It is
important that we are receiving training and familiarization on this
vehicle because use of the Guardian provides better protection for the
crew compared to other armored vehicles. Training with the Guardian at
Fort McCoy has gone well. We have been busy with it on lanes
of Scottís crew members on a recent training mission on a McCoy
lane, Pfc. Thomas Tracy, said the Guardian "is not as top-heavy
as some of our larger armored vehicles, so it can more easily swerve,
evade and miss an IED in a road, and has the power to easily and
quickly go through corners. The Guardian also has a controlled
tire-inflation system that, at the flick of a switch on the instrument
panel, can deflate and re-inflate the tires easily and quickly, to
have the traction to get through different terrain, like sand and
Guardian has a winch-pulley system so it can pull itself out of a
ditch by hooking up to a stationary object and pulling itself into
position so it can be driven away or towed," he added.
crewman, Spc. Trenton Murray, said his favorite aspect of the Guardian
is the air conditioner. "It works very well. The AC is a must. It
is so nice, and super cold."
said preventative maintenance is easy because there is very easy
access to check fluid levels, wiring, belts and most mechanical
functions. "That makes it easier and faster to do Preventative
Maintenance Checks and Services.
is a public affairs specialist for Eagle Systems and Services Inc.,
contractor for CONUS Support Base Services.)