Fort McCoy News April 8, 2016

Installation fence project provides for safety, security

STORY & PHOTO BY SCOTT T. STURKOL
Public Affairs Staff

As part of a nearly $1.3 million project that began in fall 2015, numerous fences around Fort McCoy are being replaced, and other areas have been fenced in for the first time, said the Directorate of Public Works Operations and Maintenance Division Chief Nate Sobojinski.

"The fence work is important to the installation to provide safety and physical security to the people training and working at Fort McCoy as well as for protection of government assets," Sobojinski said.

Photo: Workers with Hayworth Fence Company of Altoona, Wis., replace fence sections at the Main Gate.
Workers with Hayworth Fence Company of Altoona, Wis., replace fence
sections at the Main Gate.

When work began, contractor Hayworth Fence Company of Altoona, Wis., placed new fences around the rock crusher site and the C-130 aircraft site at Young Air Assault Strip, both on South Post.

"Fences also were installed along a roadway adjacent to the Fort McCoy Sportsman's Range (on North Post) to allow for delineation between the range and a training area," Sobojinski said.

On the cantonment area, fencing was installed to establish an area where contractors can secure their equipment and supplies while work is being completed at the installation. Security fencing around South Post Housing and at the Main Gate also has been installed.

Several future fence projects also are planned, including replacement of many fence areas of the cantonment area.

"These projects are part of an effort to improve the fences and meet UFC (Unified Facilities Criteria) and physical-security requirements," Sobojinski said.

Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) Physical Security Chief Mark Reaves said a major part of meeting DES' No. 1 priority of providing installation security is the fence that surrounds the cantonment area and other strategic areas on the installation.

"In addition to fulfilling mandatory requirements, installation fences provide a line of demarcation to identify legal boundaries and act as the first barrier in the installation's integrated defense plan," Reaves said. "This type of upgrade significantly improves the installation's security posture."