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.
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.
personnel are not sure what an object is, treat it as if it is UXO, he
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.
encountering UXO at Fort McCoy should immediately call the DPTMS Radio
Room at (608) 388-4848 to report the location of the UXO.
training at Fort McCoy that encounter UXO also can contact the Radio
Room through the assigned Range Control radio frequencies.
personnel will respond and mark the locations of the UXO sites. Anyone
encountering a marked UXO site should avoid the location.
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.
personnel encountering UXO believe it is an emergency situation, they
should call 911.