Fort McCoy News April 26, 2013

Pistol qualification helps unit prepare for exercise

The 2nd Brigade, Great Lakes Training Division, 75th Training Command conducted Individual Weapons Qualification April 13 at Fort McCoy.

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A Soldier from the 2nd Brigade waits to engage targets on a Fort
McCoy range with a 9 mm pistol.
Contributed photo

The unit, based in Fort Sheridan, Ill., with a detachment at Fort Snelling, Minn., joined forces on a cool spring morning on an installation range to conduct 9 mm pistol qualification. Unit members trained on the Engagement Skills Trainer 2000 the day before to hone their marksmanship skills.

Overall results for the training event were highly successful as all 61 Soldiers qualified and 36 did so as experts.

Bragging rights for the unit were earned by Exercise Branch 1 from Fort Snelling, Minn., which just edged Exercise Branch 3 from Fort Sheridan, Ill., for the honors.

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Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade react to a scenario at the Engagement
Skills Trainer at Fort McCoy.
Contributed photo

The 2nd Brigade conducts scenario-based Mission Command Staff Training for battalion-level and higher commands to provide trained and mission-ready staffs to unit commanders.

The 2nd Brigade's near-term focus is preparing for Warrior Exercise 86, which will be held in July at the installation. The exercise will include more than 5,000 Soldiers and multiple brigades, battalions and companies from throughout the U.S. Army Reserve.

Observer Controller Trainer, Battle Staff NCO and Brigade Staff positions currently are available in the 2nd Brigade. Contact Strength Management Officer Maj. Brad Williams at for details about joining the unit.

(Submitted by 2nd Brigade, Great Lakes Training Division, 75th Training Command.)