Fort McCoy News June 28, 2013

Projects improve training capabilities

Urban combat training areas and an automated firing range on South Post have been improved.

Larry Levasseur, interim Range Officer for the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security at Fort McCoy, said South Post urban combat training areas improvements included installing additional container buildings, walls and expanding camera coverage capabilities.

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Employees from Range and Civil Construction LLC, of Theresa, N.Y., MW Defense Systems, of Lumberton, N.C., and Tactical Micro of Fredericksburg, Va., install a wall in Combat in the Cities Facility Rice to replicate in-theater conditions. Photo by Rob Schuette

"The container buildings give us more capability to conduct urban combat training in Combat in the Cities Facility Rice, formerly MUTS (Mobile Urban Training Site)-South, and (the nearby) Combat in the Cities Facility Harrison (Bravo 24) training area," Levasseur said. "The walls surrounding the area replicate what the troops are encountering in theater."

Increased camera coverage expands the after-action review (AAR) capabilities for the Combat in the Cities Facility Harrison (Bravo 24) area and completes the system for Combat in the Cities Facility Rice (MUTS-South). Levasseur said the coverage capability for the two areas could be combined with the Combined Arms Collective Training Facility to provide a more comprehensive AAR.

"This will increase the training capabilities for the units," Levasseur said. "These areas can be used to support exercises, including the Warrior Exercise and Combined Support Training Exercise coming up, or during other training."

Range and Civil Construction LLC, of Theresa, N.Y., MW Defense Systems, of Lumberton, N.C., and Tactical Micro of Fredericksburg, VA., were the contractors for the project.

Work also has been completed to upgrade Range 101, an Automated Record Fire Range. Range 101 previously had pneumatic-driven targets. Those targets were replaced with more-reliable, hard-wired computer targetry, Levasseur said.

The 16 firing points and lanes will offer firing opportunities similar to Ranges 100, 31A and 32, which also are rifle-qualification ranges.

Standardized facilities, including a new range control tower, an operations/storage building, a classroom, a latrine, a bleacher enclosure, a covered mess area, and an ammunition breakdown building, were included in the construction project.

Range and Civil Construction LLC, of Theresa, N.Y., was the contractor for the Range 101 project.