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  November 25, 2011


1157th sharpens mission skills during session at Fort McCoy

A Wisconsin Army National Guard transportation unit focused on weapons training and convoy operations during training from Nov. 1-18 at Fort McCoy.
PHOTO: Members of the 1157th Transportation fire M2 .50-caliber machine guns during training. Photo by Rob Schuette
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 missions.

“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 training experience.”

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.

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