|The total for Fort McCoy training topped 111,000
personnel for fiscal year (FY) 2010, which ended Sept. 30. The total was
up more than 5,000 personnel from last year, and also continued the
installation’s record of training at least 100,000 personnel annually
since FY 1984.
Students in a Fort McCoy
Noncommissioned Officer Academy Warrior Leader Course use smoke
cover as they prepare to contact an opposing force.
The increase came from additional troops at battle drill assembly
(weekend) training. The FY 2010 total for weekend training was 42,712,
up from 35,434 in FY 2009.
Mark Stelzner, installation range supervisory scheduler, said the
increase is due, in large part, to members of Wisconsin and Illinois
Army National Guard, units that regularly train at Fort McCoy, returning
Stelzner said the units used their time at Fort McCoy wisely to reset
and conduct weekend training, such as individual and crew-served weapons
At the same time, the units were not required to do extended combat
(two-week) training. Stelzner said this was a factor in the two-week
training numbers decreasing from 70,302 in FY 2009 to 68,636 in FY 2010.
The FY 2010 total of 111,348 troops trained compared to 105,736 in FY
The total includes mobilization and demobilization training, and
training from other Fort McCoy organizations, such as the Army Reserve
Readiness Training Center, 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
Brigade, and the 11th, 100th Military Intelligence, among others.
Stelzner said Fort McCoy should be postured for another good training
year in FY 2011.
Demobilization numbers should increase over the next several months as
more troops return from in-theater deployments, where they supported
Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom.
Terry Hoff, Fort McCoy Range Officer, said new ranges and facility
improvements are coming on line that should boost training opportunities
in FY 2011 and beyond.
A second Live-Fire Shoothouse, which opened recently, will increase
McCoy’s throughput capability and allow units to complete training in a
A Power-to-Ranges project to bring electrical power to all of the ranges
around the North Impact Area that currently don’t have electrical power
will begin next spring and be complete by the end of calendar year 2011.
Existing facilities also continue to see improvements.
Training exercises scheduled to return in FY 2011 include Diamond Saber
(finance), Operations Essayons (engineer), the Combat Support Training
Exercise (CSTX), Warrior Exercise (WAREX) and a Department of Energy