|By Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Fort McCoy trained nearly 106,000 personnel during
fiscal year (FY 2009), which ended Sept. 30. The installation has
trained more than 100,000 personnel annually since 1984.
As part of a live-fire exercise,
Soldiers carry a simulated casualty on a litter away from their
convoy and along a Fort McCoy range in preparation for a
helicopter evacuation. The Soldiers from the 401st Engineer
Company, an Oklahoma City Army Reserve unit, were preparing at
the installation to deploy to support Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Mark Stelzner, Fort McCoy Directorate of Plans, Training,
Mobilization and Security (DPTMS) range supervisory scheduler, said the
training included 70,302 personnel for extended combat training (ECT,
two weeks or longer) and 35,434 personnel for battle drill training
(BDT, weekend training). Mobilization totals are included in the ECT
figures, and demobilization totals are included in the BDT figures.
Training totals were 105,736 personnel trained during FY 2009, he said.
Terry Hoff, Fort McCoy Range Officer, said training highlights included
the Combat Support Training Center (CSTC) Proof of Principle and Patriot
and Patriot Warrior Exercises.
The CSTC Exercise brought a new generation of technology to the
installation. Hoff said the exercise was designed to provide
participating units with realistic, effective and constructive training
in years three and four of the Army Force Generation Model and the Army
Reserve Training Strategy.
Likewise, the Patriot Warrior Exercise gave Soldiers real-life training,
which helped prepare them for future deployments. The Patriot Exercise
also helped Soldiers hone their skills and prepare for any potential
“We had a good year for exercises and hope to carry that over to next
year,” Hoff said.
Stelzner said the Red Dragon Exercise, a homeland security scenario,
also brought many troops to train at Fort McCoy in FY 2009. In addition
to Red Dragon, the Diamond Saber, CSTC, and Patriot Warrior exercises
have indicated they will return to train at Fort McCoy in FY 2010.
Railroad personnel from the 757th
Transportation Battalion (Railway) train on decontamination
procedures at Fort McCoy.
“They’re telling us they get good support and they’re meeting their
training requirements,” Stelzner said. “We give top-load service to
units. If they don’t have expertise (in a certain aspect of training
they need), we can provide the expertise to them.”
Other highlights included the 6th Engineer Battalion, a U.S. Marine
Corps unit, which brought along Marine Corps improvised explosive device
(IED) experts and conducted high speed IED training on Fort McCoy’s Home
Station Training Lanes. The training included a joint effort between
British soldiers and U.S. Marines, he said.
The 29th Combat Aviation Brigade of the Maryland Army National Guard
provided helicopter support to the Patriot Exercise. Stelzner said the
unit’s commander was impressed with McCoy’s ranges and facilities and
was considering having the unit return to Fort McCoy for training.
Rotary and fixed-wing training support also was provided to the Red
Dragon and Global Medic Exercises, he said.
Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security personnel also
are gearing up for a busy winter training season, which will include a
large amount of mobilization training.
“We’re getting warming shelters, tents, Southwest Asia Huts and trailers
in place to support the training,” Hoff said. “We’re also making
upgrades to a lot of training areas, including Home Station Training
Ongoing projects on Range 100, which will support M-16 rifle and M-9
pistol firing, and Range 36, which will add another Live-Fire Shoot
House, also will support the mobilization training, as well as future
training in FY 2010 and beyond, Hoff said.
The FY 2009 Fort McCoy training totals include training statistics from
a number of tenant activities or organizations at Fort McCoy, such as
the Regional Training Site-Medical, Regional Training Site-Maintenance,
the 84th Training Command (Unit Readiness), the Regional Training
Center-North, the Wisconsin Military Academy, Naval Mobile Construction
Battalion-25, the Noncommissioned Officer Academy, the 11th,100th
Military Intelligence Battalion, the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy, and
the Wisconsin ChalleNGe Academy.