|Military units that conducted mobilization training and
deployed from Fort McCoy will have representatives at the installation
to receive and unload containers of unit equipment used overseas.
A container of equipment is moved
from a staging area to a Fort McCoy building to support the
197th Fires Brigade reclaiming its equipment after a
deployment to support Operation Enduring Freedom.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
D.J. Eckland, the Movements Branch chief of the Fort McCoy
Directorate of Logistics Transportation Division, said equipment
involved in the operations includes crew-served weapons, Mission Table
of Organization and Equipment equipment, organizational clothing and
individual equipment, and some larger pieces of equipment, such as
forward repair systems, trailer-mounted generators and standard
automotive tool sets.
First Army policy requires units that mobilized through Fort McCoy
return to the installation to reclaim the equipment used during overseas
tours, Eckland said. The units will conduct personnel demobilization at
other installations because Fort McCoy’s troop mobilization mission has
Members of the 197th Fires Brigade, an Army National Guard unit from New
Hampshire, unloaded their equipment from containers at Fort McCoy in
Eckland said other units will return to the installation to reclaim the
equipment they used overseas.
Soldiers from the 197th Fires
Brigade unload equipment used during their deployment to support
Operation Enduring Freedom. Unit members, who conducted their
demobilization elsewhere, will return to their home stations.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
The last units to leave Fort McCoy after mobilizing here were the
236th and 1022nd Engineer Companies in September.
“We will continue to support the redeployment of equipment deployed by
units until next fall,” Eckland said. “The Transportation Division’s
mission includes the support of container unstuffing, Strategic Air
cargo redeployment flights into Volk Field, air shipment of equipment
through Dover Air Force Base (Delaware) to Fort McCoy and movement of
equipment from Fort McCoy to (units’) home stations.”
Fort McCoy’s Container Processing Center (CPC) will support each
redeploying unit with facilities to conduct unstuffing operations, he
said. The CPC will be equipped with material-handling equipment, tools
and Transportation personnel who will assist and provide technical
guidance as necessary.
Containers will be redeployed from the Operation New Dawn and Operation
Enduring Freedom theaters of operation via ocean transportation to
Continental U.S. Sea Ports of Embarkation. Equipment and containers are
transported by commercial truck from the sea ports to Fort McCoy.
Some redeployment of equipment and personnel to escort the equipment
will arrive through Volk Field, Eckland said. Fort McCoy’s
Arrival/Departure Airfield Control Group (A/DACG) is responsible for
coordinating movement of equipment from Volk Field to Fort McCoy and the
breaking down of Air Force pallets used to transport that material.
The CPC and A/DACG will coordinate with the freight office for the final
movement of unit equipment from Fort McCoy to a unit’s home station,
“Our personnel will ensure the process to return equipment to a unit’s
home station goes smoothly,” Eckland said. “We will continue to support
their needs until they have the equipment back at their units.”