|A Wisconsin Army National Guard transportation unit
focused on weapons training and convoy operations during training from
Nov. 1-18 at Fort McCoy.
Members of the 1157th
Transportation fire M2 .50-caliber machine guns during training.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
1st Lt. Nate Wilhelms, the 3rd platoon leader for the 1157th
Transportation Company of Oshkosh, said unit members qualified on
several weapons systems and maintained their proficiency and improved
their skills in convoy operations during their training.
“Our mission includes driving five-ton cargo trucks to transport Army
material and equipment,” Wilhelms said. “We brought our own vehicles and
used them to train on convoy operations here.”
Unit members also trained and qualified with rifles, machine guns and
pistols, he said.
Fort McCoy ranges provided excellent training opportunities, he said.
The installation’s Multi-Media, Visual Information section also provided
good training aids to help ensure unit members accomplished all training
“The weather was excellent, and we even got a bonus one day when it
snowed,” Wilhelms said. “We fired our pistols that day so we got that
The 1157th also maintains its skills to be prepared for potential
deployments, Wilhelms said.
Unit members have deployed five times since 1990.
The tours have included supporting Operations Desert Shield Storm in
1990-91, Iraqi Freedom in 2002 and 2006, and supporting Hurricane
Katrina in 2005.
The unit is aligned with the 64th Troop Command.
The 64th provides administrative, training and logistical support to
unique, specialized or smaller Wisconsin Army National Guard units that
are not part of other major deployable units.
The command includes aviation, sustainment and support, personnel,
military police, band, transportation, maintenance, public affairs, rear
area operations command, and medical units.