Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
mobilization and premobilization training played a major role in
helping Fort McCoy increase its Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 training totals
to 127,919 personnel compared to its FY 2007 total of 112,703
personnel trained, according to the Fort McCoy Directorate of Plans,
Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS).
Soldiers, including members of
the 855th Quartermaster Company, train on convoy scenarios
during premobilization training by the Regional Training
Stelzner, the DPTMS range supervisory scheduler, said several big
training units/organizations played key roles in the increase.
said the FY 2008 totals were greatly aided by the more-than 3,000
troops mobilizing at Fort McCoy as part of the 81st Heavy Brigade
Combat Team (HBCT) of the Washington Army National Guard.
unit was one of the largest units that has mobilized at Fort McCoy to
support the Global War on Terror.
large training unit was the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, a
Wisconsin Army National Guard unit from Camp Douglas, conducting
premobilization training in August. This group also numbered more than
32nd trains on a regular basis at Fort McCoy, but brought along more
of its subordinate units for its premobilization training,"
Stelzner said. "They used many of our facilities and ranges,
including MUTS (Mobile Urban Training Sites) North and South."
other training events, Patriot 2008, Red Dragon and Apache helicopter
training also helped increase training totals, Stelzner said.
2008 brought about 2,400 Air and Army National Guard personnel to the
installation for joint training. Stelzner said, in the past, this
training has typically seen training numbers of about 1,200 to 1,500
Red Dragon homeland security exercise reported a training total of
about 1,500 personnel, while it has reported 900-1,000 personnel
training here in other years.
of new units coming to Fort McCoy to train included about 600
personnel from the 20th Combat Aviation Battalion of the Missouri Army
unit was the first to conduct Apache helicopter gunnery training at
Fort McCoy, Stelzner said.
Training Site-Maintenance reported a record year of training, with
more than 2,000 personnel trained, doubling its previous record of
1,028 personnel trained
addition to RTS-Maintenance, a number of tenant activities or
organizations at Fort McCoy also are included in the installation
training totals, and include: RTS-Medical, the 84th Training Command
(Leader Readiness), the Wisconsin Military Academy, the ChalleNGe
Academy, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion-25, the Noncommissioned
Officer Academy, and the 11th, 100th Military Intelligence Battalion,
training totals do not include those from the Regional Training
Center-North, which conducts premobilization training for Army Reserve
personnel and reports to the U.S. Army Reserve Command.
Hoff, Fort McCoy Range Officer, said the units conducting extended
combat training, mobilization training and battle drill training also
made good use of the installation’s up-to-date, computerized ranges
and facilities to accomplish their training objectives.
installation added four gun truck ranges to provide truck gunnery
training to serve the 81st HBCT’s training needs. Hoff said this
helped ensure the 81st met its goals.
gun-truck ranges also will be a valuable asset we can offer to other
units that are considering coming here for training," Hoff said.
seeking training opportunities at Fort McCoy can call DPTMS Range
Scheduling at (608) 388-3721/4121 or can visit the installation’s
public Web site at http://www.mccoy.army.mil,
which offers access to the Fort McCoy Extranet.