Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
is on track to have an Improvised Explosive Device (IED)-Defeat
training complex completed by spring 2009 at Fort McCoy to serve all
military personnel training at the installation.
Employees from Fowler and Hammer,
Inc., of La Crosse, Wis., begin groundwork to construct a lane
of the IED-Defeat Complex at Fort McCoy. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
Hoff, Range Officer for the Fort McCoy Directorate of Plans, Training,
Mobilization and Security (DPTMS), said the training complex will have
two IED lanes, each approximately six kilometers long.
training areas will include traffic circles, divided highways, guard
rails, overpasses, canals, etc. Hoff said these are all landscape or
terrain features that personnel likely would encounter during overseas
in-theater deployments or other contingency operations.
two lanes should provide enough capacity and throughput to meet the
training needs for any units that want to conduct IED training at Fort
McCoy, Hoff said. The units using the lanes will have to be large
enough to provide opposing forces and observer-controller-trainer
facades and/or facilities, such as search houses, typical business
facilities, courtyards, etc., also will be established on the lanes.
Personnel will have access to the latest devices used to
search/detect/protect troops from the IED threat, such as SPARK
(self-protection adaptive roller kit), which can be used with a
Humvee; Cyclone blowers; metal detectors; vehicle-borne IED
simulations, etc., he said.
lanes will have a high-tech feel and train military personnel on the
latest IED techniques to give them more realism," Hoff said.
"We installed structures, such as the guard rails, whenever
possible where it provided the necessary training and also made sense
to make the routes safer."
said the lanes can be used separately or together to serve the largest
number of troops. The lanes will have standard training features that
are found at other IED training lanes, but variations are allowed so
the differing organizations have flexibility to construct lanes to
meet their needs and material availability.
Fort McCoy’s case, Hoff said that included having personnel
participating in the Troop Projects program complete some of the work,
such as creating the road, traffic circles, etc., that existed on the
first IED lane. Hoff said he also worked with and sought input about
the IED-Defeat Lanes from personnel in the 181st Infantry Brigade. The
181st is responsible for coordinating mobilization training at Fort
Lt. Ryan Gore, 181st IED-Defeat officer in charge (OIC), said he and
his IED-Defeat NCOIC, Sgt. 1st Class Dan Maurer, worked with Hoff to
make the IED-Defeat lanes as realistic as possible.
brought the experience of three deployments to the task, while Maurer,
who has deployed five times, has experience running the IED training the 181st offers.
really wanted a search house included because personnel should be
prepared to do a
systematic search through buildings in-theater," Gore said.
"The other items are things that would be seen in-theater, which
we have seen during are deployments."
said even though many of the personnel in units being deployed have
been deployed previously many people in reserve-component units are
new and haven’t been deployed.
is very important for them to see realistic IED scenarios before they
are deployed, he said.
will be a great asset for National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers
conducting any type of training, including extended combat training,
here," Gore said. "In addition to giving personnel who haven’t
been deployed a chance to see these things, it gives their officers
and NCOs a great training aid to teach them about it."
project should be completed by next spring. Hoff said the lanes can be
scheduled for use by calling the DPTMS Range Scheduling Section at