Fort McCoy News January 23, 2015

FY 2015 forecast to be busy training year for McCoy

STORY & PHOTO BY SCOTT T. STURKOL
Public Affairs Staff

Several months into fiscal year (FY) 2015, training numbers are already ahead of FY 2014, said Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS) Training Division Chief Ed Carns.

"Fiscal year 2015 is going to continue be a very busy year," Carns said. "Our projected numbers (for the rest of the year) should be higher than FY 2014."

FY2015 Training article photo
Soldiers from the U.S. Army Reserve's 79th Military Police Company of Wabasha, Minn., qualify on the M249 machine gun at Range 34 on Fort McCoy's North Post. The company is one of many units to already have trained at the installation during fiscal year 2015.

Fort McCoy's strategic planning documents show one of the installation's command imperatives includes a continued focus to enhance communication with key stakeholders and customers to promote awareness of the installation's capabilities and military value. That enhanced communication may be why more than 145,000 troops trained at the post in FY 2014, Carns said.

Exercises planned for 2015 begin in May with the Warrior Exercise. The Combat Support Training Exercise, Guardian Warrior and Guardian Justice, Essayons and more, begin in June. "June is a great example of how busy it will be here — we'll have a lot going on," Carns said.

Red Dragon, Diamond Saber and Global Medic exercises will follow as the summer continues.

According to the 86th Training Division (TD), a tenant unit at Fort McCoy, the training participants for many of the large 2015 exercises will include active- and reserve-component forces from the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force as well as members of coalition partner nation militaries.

"That's just a snapshot at how diverse the customer base is for training this year," Carns said.

The forces that train on Fort McCoy's 60,000-plus acres have a full complement of training ranges and facilities open to them.

Carns said improvements also are coming along for Fort McCoy's winter training capability.

"We are reestablishing our winter training capability as far as equipment and training support," Carns said. "We are equipping to support units that specifically want to conduct winter training here."

In fact, before the current winter is over, an Army Reserve unit and a Marine unit will conduct winter training at Fort McCoy.

"Holding training here year-round is very important," Carns said.

Whether troops are at the installation for an exercise, extended combat training, or weekend battle drill training, or at Regional Training Site (RTS)-Medical, RTS-Maintenance, 88th Regional Support Command, 86th TD, 181st Infantry Brigade, or another installation tenant unit to train, "something always will be going on" in 2015, Carns said

For more information about Fort McCoy training objectives, call the DPTMS Training Division at 608-388-5038.