Fort McCoy News Aug. 26, 2016

Post agencies collaborate to improve exercise traffic

STORY & PHOTO BY SCOTT T. STURKOL
Public Affairs Staff

Improved traffic flow for trucks delivering equipment for large training events is the result of a collaborative effort between the Logistics Readiness Center (LRC) Transportation Division and the Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) at Fort McCoy.

At the start and end of each large training exercise, commercial trucks deliver and pick up equipment assigned to participating units. Those trucks enter through Gate 20 and deliver loads to the Fort McCoy Central Receiving and Shipping Point (CRSP) yard, where an Army transportation company typically processes the equipment.

The new practice allows authorized personnel to escort 10 loaded trucks at a time from Gate 20 to the CRSP yard via a predetermined route, said Installation Transportation Officer David J. Eckland with the LRC.

Semi tractor-trailers move to and from the Fort McCoy Central Receiving and Shipping Point yard Aug. 10 to deliver equipment for Combat Support Exercise 86-16-03.
Semi tractor-trailers move to and from the Fort McCoy Central
Receiving and Shipping Point yard Aug. 10 to deliver equipment for
Combat Support Exercise 86-16-03.

"This practice was something we began in early July during the buildup for the Warrior Exercise," Eckland said. "On the first day we tried it, July 7, we processed 224 trucks. We saw how it saved time and made the traffic flow better."

Acting DES Director Mark Reaves said a provision in the operations order for the installation's physical security allows this practice. Trusted escorts have included DES and LRC personnel as well as Soldiers assigned to transportation companies supporting recent exercises.

"By using the provision, it allows us to process more people through Gate 20 and get them to their location faster," Reaves said.
The travel route used during escorts takes the trucks away from high-traffic areas on post, such as near the Fort McCoy Commissary and the Exchange. Diverting around this area improves pedestrian safety, cuts down on traffic congestion, and reduces the possibility of traffic accidents, Reaves said.

Eckland said the practice also was used in early August at the start of Combat Support Training Exercise (CSTX) 86-16-03.

"We had more than 500 trucks bringing in equipment for CSTX, and thanks to this process, we saw very little traffic backup at the gate," Eckland said.

Reaves said Fort McCoy agencies such as DES; LRC; Directorate of Public Works; and the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security regularly look at ways to improve support for the installation's training customers.

"This process has made things easier not only for Fort McCoy, but also for our training customers and those who support them," Reaves said. "Our training customers are here for a very short time, so they need to spend the most time they can in the training areas being trained. The coordination between all agencies has been really good this year, and I see further improvement in other areas in the future as well."

For more information, call the DES Physical Security Office at 608-388-3794.