Fort McCoy News August 23, 2013

New ECS maintenance facility being built at McCoy

STORY & PHOTO BY SGT. BRITTANY ZOLD
88th RSC Public Affairs

FORT MCCOY, Wis. — A $19 million tactical equipment maintenance facility, warehouse and organizational parking area for Equipment Concentration Site (ECS)-67 is under way and expected to be complete and fully functional sometime in 2015.

Photo for ground breaking
Maj. Gen. Karen E. LeDoux, 88th Regional Support Command commanding general (third from left), Command Sgt. Maj. David J. Unseld, 88th RSC command sergeant major, Wisconsin Army Reserve Ambassador Gerald Meyer (left), and representatives from KEPA-TCI (Architects, Engineers, Contractor of La Crosse, Wis.) Joint Venture LLC break ground with gold-painted shovels for the $19 million tactical equipment maintenance facility at Fort McCoy.

The project, funded in 2013, will include a 58,000-square-foot tactical equipment maintenance facility, a 44,000-square-foot general purpose storage facility and a 30-acre organizational parking lot.

The Army Reserve's 88th Regional Support Command (RSC) along with KEPA-TCI (Architects, Engineers, Contractor of La Crosse, Wis.) Joint Venture LLC, which has been awarded the contract, hosted an Aug. 8 ground-breaking event at ECS-67, which is based at Fort McCoy.

The 88th RSC, also based at Fort McCoy, is one of four RSCs in the Army Reserve and provides base operations support for a 19-state region from Ohio to the Pacific coast and from Kansas to the Canadian border.

Army Maj. Gen. Karen E. LeDoux, the commander of the 88th RSC, presided over the groundbreaking event and welcomed guests on a day that marked both the beginning of the construction project and a bright future for ECS- 67.

"The tactical equipment maintenance facility being co-located with ECS-67 will allow the workers to work more efficiently and more effectively because they will be co-located with all the operations for ECS-67. So, this will improve overall Army Reserve equipment readiness, and allow for more-efficient and effective operations, not only in maintaining the equipment, but also when we issue the equipment, and when we receive it back, perform maintenance on the equipment, and return it back to the Equipment Concentration Site," said LeDoux.

"The expansion of ECS-67 will help support the 88th RSC garrison's transient mission by providing more-robust capability and cost-effective equipment and training to all agencies within the joint international, intergovernmental, multinational environment — a well-maintained, realistic environment that could not accomplish its mission without the existence of ECS-67," stated Col. Steven W. Nott, Fort McCoy garrison commander.

Fort McCoy is one of eight installations in the Army to have Joint National Training Capability certification, an enhanced way of training that offers the services — from the tactical through strategic levels — a potential spectrum of live, virtual and constructive training environments. ECS-67 allows Fort McCoy to do this, according to Nott.

Army Reserve leaders along with Joint Venture LLC personnel used gold-painted shovels to break ground during the ceremony, leading the way for the new temporary equipment maintenance facilities.