|Story & photos by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Military personnel from the 78th Training Division (Operations) of Joint
Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (U.S. Army Support Activity-Fort Dix), N.J.
and representatives of units that will participate in a Warrior Exercise
(WAREX) next May at Fort McCoy held a conference at the installation in
November to coordinate strategy.
Maj. Jeff Carter, the deputy G-7 for training of the 78th Training
Division, said personnel involved in WAREX came to Fort McCoy to
coordinate training requirements and also to observe and identify their
training sites. The 78th helps coordinate the WAREX training and ensures
units successfully accomplish their missions.
Members of the 78th Training
Division and representatives from units that will participate in
the Warrior Exercise use a map to help visualize training
“We won’t use a lot of the typical training sites at Fort McCoy for
WAREX,” Carter said. “The Soldiers will be in a tactical mode during the
training. During the conference participants prepared a mission analysis
briefing from their tactical orders so they can convey an understanding
of what their mission is during the execution phase of the exercise.”
“The exercise will help them prepare for future deployments, although no
units participating in WAREX have been identified for deployment at this
time,” he added.
Holding the conference at Fort McCoy also helps all of the participants
and the 78th coordinate training requirements with installation
personnel, Carter said.
These can include vehicle, housing or lodging, and use of training
areas, he added.
The conference attendees also could meet with representatives of
Equipment Concentration Site-67, an Army Reserve equipment
staging/maintenance site at Fort McCoy. Carter said this helps them
ensure necessary equipment is available and helps reduce the need for
units to bring or ship their equipment to Fort McCoy for the exercise.
This also helps save time and money as many units involved in the
exercise will travel a considerable distance to train at Fort McCoy.
Soldiers attending a pre-training
conference for the upcoming Warrior Exercise at Fort McCoy plan
McCoy is an excellent location to hold an exercise of this magnitude,
featuring several thousand Soldiers, as it has sufficient
infrastructure, a support system and assets available to host a
large-scale exercise, he said.
After the training this year, the 78th will host similar exercises at
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., the following fiscal year., he
Craig Meeusen, Fort McCoy Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization
and Security Military Training Coordination Branch chief, said any
military organization or unit that conducts pre-training conferences at
Fort McCoy has a myriad of services available. This includes lodging,
food service, classrooms, multimedia/visual-information support and
large conference facilities.
“Another great benefit for units to come here and hold pre-training
conferences is they get to see firsthand the improvements we’ve done and
increased capabilities available at the installation since their last
visit,” Meeusen said. “Just a few of the recent improvements and
capabilities that will be new this year are the Combined Arms Collective
Training Facility, with instrumentation and after-action review center;
the Dismounted Soldier Training System; a new two-story brick-and-mortar
(Annual Training and Mobilization) barracks and new loading ramps in the
central receiving and shipping point.”
Fort McCoy and its work force stand ready to do everything possible to
make an organization’s or unit’s training mission at the installation a
success, Meeusen said.
The installation serves as a Total Force Training Center to support
functional exercises and can underpin the readiness of the force by
supporting individual and collective training up to brigade-sized
With all of its assets, Fort McCoy strives to be the training
installation of choice by offering varied terrain, state-of-the-art
ranges and extensive mission support, such as infrastructure and
unparalleled customer service, he said.
Maj. Michael Robinson, the WAREX action officer for the 78th Training
Division, said the conference gave attendees the opportunity to review
their assets to support the training and what they would need.
“We will check to see if we have the items they need,” Robinson said.
“If we don’t have them, we know we can fall back on the installation to
“Fort McCoy provides us an excellent training environment and top-notch
support,” he added. “Their support gives us the capability to accomplish
For more information about conducting large-scale exercises at Fort
McCoy, call Meeusen at 608-388-8589.
For more information about scheduling Fort McCoy training facilities,
call Range Scheduling at 608-388-3721/4121.