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Personnel should watch out for UXO

Anyone who is out in the training areas at Fort McCoy, including hunters at this time of year, should know what to do if they encounter unexploded ordnance (UXO) at Fort McCoy.

Terry Hoff, Fort McCoy Range Officer for the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS), said the most important rule is not to attempt to touch, move, or remove the UXO under any circumstances.

If personnel are not sure what an object is, treat it as if it is UXO, he said.

During the heavy foot traffic of the fall hunting seasons, the opportunities for personnel to encounter UXO increase. 

Often, the UXO may be unstable because of being exposed to the various elements at Fort McCoy, including the freeze-thaw cycle, and can be dangerous if handled or moved, he said.

Personnel encountering UXO at Fort McCoy should immediately call the DPTMS Radio Room at (608) 388-4848 to report the location of the UXO.

Units training at Fort McCoy that encounter UXO also can contact the Radio Room through the assigned Range Control radio frequencies.

DPTMS personnel will respond and mark the locations of the UXO sites. Anyone encountering a marked UXO site should avoid the location.

Members of the 630th Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) of Fort Riley, Kan., currently respond to and clear the UXO when a predetermined threshold is reached.

If personnel encountering UXO believe it is an emergency situation, they should call 911.


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