Fort McCoy News April 14, 2017


COLD STEEL EXERCISE HEATS UP
ARMY RESERVE READINESS

Deep in the late-winter woods, metallic clacking and repetitive booms rolled like thunder — first far, then near — in the cool, crisp air. It was week three of Operation Cold Steel, the Army Reserve's first large-scale live-fire training and crew-served weapons qualification and validation exercise, taking place March 9 through April 25. (Story, photos)

An Army Reserve Soldier completes live-fire qualification during Operation Cold Steel on March 27 at Fort McCoy


24-HOUR VIGILANT TRIAD EXERCISE
TESTS EMERGENCY-RESPONSE SKILLS

Fort McCoy garrison and tenant organizations tested eight major training objectives during a simulated tornado touchdown at the installation during the 24-hour Vigilant Triad 2017 exercise held March 21-22. (Story, photos)

Emergency responders with the Directorate of Emergency Services Fire Department treat simulated injured personnel March 21 during operations for the 2017 Vigilant Triad exercise at Fort  McCoy.


2017 TROOP PROJECTS INCLUDE
NEW BUILDINGS, FACILITY UPGRADES

One of the biggest Fort McCoy troop projects of 2016 — a shower facility at Improved Tactical Training Base Freedom on South Post — will be among several projects in 2017 that will continue to see work completed. (Story, photos)

Soldiers with the Wisconsin National Guard’s 829th Engineer Company (Vertical) of Ashland and Spooner, Wis., work on a shower facility in June 2016 at Improved Tactical Training Base Freedom on Fort McCoy’s South Post.


FORT McCOY KICKS OFF APRIL,
CELEBRATES 4 AWARENESS MONTHS

April is an especially busy month for awareness observances nationwide, and Fort McCoy kicked off the month by highlighting four of them. (Story, photos)

Jamie Cram (left) with Fort McCoy Army Community Service provides remarks April 3 during the installation's kickoff event and luncheon for Alcohol Abuse Awareness Month, Autism Awareness Month, Child-Abuse Prevention Month, and Sexual-Assault Awareness and Prevention Month at Fort McCoy.


NEW TRAINING VENUE
UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT RANGE 29

Construction work is ongoing for a new training venue at Range 29 on Fort McCoy's North Post. (Story, photo)

The construction area for the new Live-Fire Structured Collapse Venue Site is shown on Range 29 in late February.