Fort McCoy News April 14, 2017

New training venue under construction at Range 29

STORY & PHOTO BY SCOTT T. STURKOL
Public Affairs Staff

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

The new training area is a Live-Fire Structured Collapse Venue Site, said Range Officer Mike Todd with the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security.

"The site is a large collapsed building that is simulated to be already hit by artillery or an airstrike, or it could also be simulated to be hit by a natural disaster as well," Todd said.

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

The new venue also includes a basement tunnel and, once completed, will offer troops a place to practice a variety of training scenarios.

"Soldiers could clear the structure and shoot targets within," Todd said. "Then fire and rescue personnel could go in and treat casualties and evacuate the injured from the site."

Like many recently constructed training venues designed for live fire at Fort McCoy, the Live-Fire Structured Collapse Venue Site will be made primarily of shock-absorbing concrete.

"The shock-absorbing concrete allows training (service members) to shoot in all directions once inside the structure," Todd said.
Estimated completion date for the project will be later in 2017. Construction was put on hold to allow for live-fire training to take place during Operation Cold Steel in March and April.

Range improvements, such as the construction of the site, are done to conform to Army Training Circular (TC) 25-8 requirements. The TC provides range development and operations guidance for range planners, engineers, coordinators, and mandated range-project review boards at all levels of the Army.

The work also aligns with Fort McCoy strategic objectives to sustain and modernize the installation's range complex and multiple other areas.

For more information about range-improvement projects, call the Range Management Branch at 608-388-3721.