Fort McCoy News Nov. 11, 2016

13th, 100th expands training for fiscal year 2017

STORY & PHOTO BY SCOTT T. STURKOL
Public Affairs Staff

Instructors with the 13th Battalion, 100th Regiment (13th, 100th) at Fort McCoy have been busy preparing to train additional Soldiers during fiscal year (FY) 2017.

The unit traditionally has taught the Ammunition Specialist Course (ASC) for approximately 250 Soldiers who reclassify each year in the "89 Bravo" military occupational specialty (MOS). The unit now expects to train about 500 students annually, said Course Manager Sgt. 1st Class Doug Dobitz with the 13th, 100th.

The training expansion includes the addition of an 89B Senior Leader Course (SLC), Advanced Leadership Course (ALC), and courses for the 89A ammunition stock control and accounting specialist MOS.

Master Sgt. Jack Kenyon, instructor with the 13th Battalion, 100th Regiment, annotates a reference item on a dry-erase board while completing a review of the program of instruction for the 89B Ammunition Specialist Course taught by the battalion at Fort McCoy.
Master Sgt. Jack Kenyon, instructor with the 13th Battalion, 100th
Regiment, annotates a reference item on a dry-erase board while
completing a review of the program of instruction for the 89B
Ammunition Specialist Course taught by the battalion at Fort McCoy.

"This is a big deal for us and for Fort McCoy," Dobitz said. "This training expansion is an effort that started about four years ago and was approved in the past year by the Army. Now, every Soldier in the Army who is reclassifying into the 89B MOS will train here at Fort McCoy. All new Soldiers will continue to complete the 89B advanced individual training at Fort Lee (Va.)."

The first set of classes begins in January. FY 2017 will include five sessions of ASC, five SLC and ALC sessions, and two sessions of 89A MOS training.

"We've been busy completing program-of-instruction reviews and adjusting lesson plans to be ready by January," Dobitz said. "The SLC and ALC training are mainly classroom-based instruction. Once we get the first classes going, I'm sure there will be adjustments we will have to make, but I think it will go well."

Six full-time instructors are assigned to the 13th, 100th courses, and a pool of more than 30 other Army Reserve instructors will help with the training. Each course session has two assigned instructors.

"Our instructors also have been trained in the Army Learning Model (ALM), which enhances their ability to teach active-duty, Reserve, and National Guard Soldiers," Dobitz said. ALM is an initiative of Army Training and Doctrine Command that influences development and delivery methods for training.

"We had someone come to Fort McCoy to complete train-the-trainer instruction with our instructors on ALM," Dobitz said. "The training builds a strong foundation (that helps) our instructors to help make our training more dynamic."

Master Sgts. John O'Brien and Jack Kenyon have been working steadily to build the SLC training plans. Kenyon said being a part of the new training initiative at Fort McCoy has been a career highlight.

"This last year has been very busy with preparation and planning," Kenyon said. "And I do think it's going to go well. We have good people and good ideas to make it happen."

O'Brien, who normally is assigned as an 89B instructor with the 7th Battalion, 98th Division at Fort Devens, Mass., said safety is the biggest subject they've included in building the SLC and ALC curriculum.

"Because we are dealing with ammunition, safety has to take top priority," O'Brien said. "SLC also will focus on the logistics of ammunition handling."

Sgt. 1st Class Dunny Bailey will be one of the ALC instructors. He said ALC also will include many safety-based procedures as well as inspection critera. "We have a lot of inspection items that have to be included in this career field, and this course will break that down and help students better understand them all," Bailey said.

Dobitz said the unit has plenty of space available for them to meet the training capacity, including six classrooms, a laboratory, motor pool, and a multiuse ammunition storage point.

"The support we've received from the garrison to get this training going has been exceptional," Dobitz said. "The support from everyone has made this transition to a busier training schedule that much easier."

The 13th, 100th, aligned under the 3rd Brigade, 94th Division of the 80th Training Command, has been at Fort McCoy since 1995.

For more information about 13th, 100th training, call 608-388-9251.