Fort McCoy News March 24, 2017


RESERVE TRAINING TURNS
'COLD STEEL' INTO HOT LEAD

It may have been a brisk 12 degrees that Friday morning on the weapons range, but the training at Operation Cold Steel was just heating up. (Story, photos)

Soldiers with 79th Sustainment Support Command assemble an M2 .50-caliber machine gun while participating in preliminary marksmanship training for Operation Cold Steel on March 12 at Fort McCoy.


RANGE MAINTENANCE SECTION
KEEPS TRAINING AREAS READY

As the Operation Cold Steel exercise takes place, hundreds of Soldiers are firing tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition at targets as part of live-fire maneuvers at installation ranges. Those ranges and targets remain operational thanks to the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security Range Maintenance Section. (Story, photos)

obert Clark, target systems worker with the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security Range Maintenance section, works on a target March 10 on Range 29 on Fort McCoy’s North Post.


644th RSG SOLDIERS GAIN
CREW-SERVED WEAPONS SKILLS

More than 200 Soldiers with the 644th Regional Support Group, headquartered at Fort Snelling, Minn., spent nearly a week at Fort McCoy in early March completing training. (Story, photos)

Soldiers with the 644th Regional Support Group, headquartered at Fort Snelling, Minn., complete weapons qualifications March 9 at Range 26 on North Post at Fort McCoy, Wis. More than 200 Soldiers with the 644th and associated units were at Fort McCoy for five days of training to qualify personnel on crew-served weapons, such as the M240, M249, M2, and MK319.


WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH PANEL:
BREAK DOWN BARRIERS

Empowerment and breaking through barriers were the themes for the March 15 observance of Women's History Month at Fort McCoy. (Story, photo)

A guest speaker panel comprising (left to right) Capt. Kimberly Elenberg with the U.S. Public Health Service at the Pentagon, Pastor Ethell Tillis with the Tomah (Wis.) Pentecostal Assembly, Lori Freit-Hammes with the Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, and 1st Sgt. Leah Mariano with the Staff Sgt. Todd R. Cornell Noncommissioned Officer Academy, participate in the installation observance of Women’s History Month on March 16 at McCoy’s Community Center at Fort McCoy.


CLASS ENHANCES SOLDIERS'
COLD-WEATHER OPS SKILLS

Students in the Cold-Weather Operations Course practiced pulling an ahkio sled on snowshoes at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area during course training March 17 at Fort McCoy. (Photos)

Students in the Cold-Weather Operations Course practice pulling an ahkio sled on snowshoes at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area during course training March 17 at Fort McCoy.