|Training totals at Fort McCoy surpassed 134,000
personnel in fiscal year (FY) 2011, which ended Sept. 30. The total is
up more than 23,000 personnel from FY 2010 totals and continues the
installation’s record of having trained more than 100,000 personnel
annually since FY 1984.
Soldiers in a vehicle convoy train at the Central
Asian village at Fort McCoy’s Mobile Urban Training Site-North.
The FY 2011 total of 134,645 personnel trained compared to 111,348
troops trained in FY 2010, according to statistics compiled by the Fort
McCoy Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS).
The total included 80,281 for extended combat training (ECT) of two
weeks or longer and 54,364 for battle drill or weekend training. The ECT
totals were up by 11,645 troops from FY 2010, and the battle drill
training increased by 11,643 personnel.
Mark Stelzner, DPTMS supervisory range scheduler, said several factors
contributed to the increase.
Wisconsin and Illinois Army National Guard units, including those from
the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team of Wisconsin and the 2nd, 106th
Cavalry of Illinois, have returned from deployment missions. Stelzner
said the units conducted regular two-week and weekend training at Fort
McCoy during FY 2011.
A number of exercises continued to attract units from throughout the
country to train at the installation. The exercises included Operations
Diamond Saber (finance), Essayons (engineer), the Patriot Exercise
(National Guard Soldiers and Airmen), Red Dragon (a homeland defense
exercise), the Best Warrior Competition (Army Reserve
Soldier/Noncommissioned Officer of the Year), and the Combat Support
Training Exercise (CSTX), and Warrior Exercise (WAREX) (pre-mobilization
All of these exercises will return in FY 2012, Stelzner said. CSTX and
WAREX also will provide additional personnel training at the
installation in the future. CSTX will have two training cycles in FY
2012, and both the CSTX and WAREX will have two training cycles in FY
Stelzner said the FY 2011 training totals also were impacted favorably
by the final push of Soldiers conducting mobilization training and
demobilization processing at the installation. Three Brigade Combat
Teams brought several thousand Soldiers to Fort McCoy. The 1st Brigade
Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division trained in June and July before
deploying to support Operation New Dawn/Enduring Freedom. The 181st
Infantry Brigade conducted the mobilization training.
The 2nd, 34th Brigade Combat Team and the 197th Fires Brigade were two
larger units that completed demobilization processing at Fort McCoy
after their overseas deployment missions, Stelzner said.
The training total also includes statistics from other Fort McCoy
organizations, such as the Noncommissioned Officer Academy; the 1152nd
Transportation Company, Detachment 1; the Challenge Academy; Naval
Mobile Construction Battalion-25; the Wisconsin Military Academy; the
Wisconsin State Patrol Academy; Regional Training Sites-Maintenance and
Medical; Regional Training Center-Central; the 86th Training Division
(Operations); and the 11th, 100th Military Intelligence, among others.
Terry Hoff, DPTMS Range Officer, said several recently completed or
planned projects will continue to support the installation’s effort to
provide relevant, realistic training scenarios to the troops who come to
Fort McCoy to help them successfully accomplish future missions.
Completion of the Power to Ranges projects means all ranges surrounding
the North Impact Area now have access to electrical power. Hoff said
this has allowed permanent buildings to be installed on the ranges to
better support customers’ year-round training needs. Power has been
added at Range 6 to support targetry and make maintenance easier than
using generators or solar cells, he said.
Hoff said seven rural village training scenarios have been added, which
improves access for all units training at the installation, as well as
allowing for more in-depth, realistic training.
An additional live-grenade lane has been added to the Hand Grenade Range
8 to increase throughput through the range, which now has three lanes,
Improvements have been made to the Home Station Training Lanes. The
improvements include building upgrades, visual/audio instrumentation
additions to both lanes to increase after-action review capabilities,
and additional buildings at the Mobile Urban Training Site-South to
create a larger urban training environment at Fort McCoy.
Urban training scenarios, including a three-kilometer urban environment
trail, also were added to the B-24 training area to assist units
conducting urban training.
A Search Site Exploitation Facility has been built to help Soldiers
train in conducting search operations for occupied buildings.
Range 2 soon will feature a four-story sniper tower to allow Soldiers to
train on conducting sniper training from elevated platforms, such as
upper floors or roofs of buildings, he said.
Range 402 has been developed to facilitate demolition shape charge
training, which primarily is done by engineer personnel.
Construction on the new Combined Arms Collective Training Facility is
scheduled to be completed in November. The contractor then will have up
to 12 months to add the instrumentation package, which would make its
tentative opening date late 2012, Hoff said.
Ranges 101 and 18, now closed for construction updates, are scheduled to
be completed later next year. Range 101 will be upgraded to support
computer-operated targetry. Range 18 will be developed into a
known-distance range, he said.
For more information about scheduling ranges/training facilities at Fort
McCoy, call 608-388-3721.