Fort McCoy News April 28, 2017

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Soldiers at Fort McCoy for the Operation Cold Steel exercise fire M2 .50-caliber machine guns as part of training April 18 at Range 34 on North Post.

Cold Steel .50-cal training

Soldiers at Fort McCoy for the Operation Cold Steel exercise fire M2 .50-caliber machine guns as part of training April 18 at Range 34 on North Post.

Operation Cold Steel was the Army Reserve's first large-scale live-fire training and crew-served weapons qualification and validation exercise that took place from March 9 through April 25.

According to the Reserve, the exercise is crucial to ensure ensure that America's Army Reserve units and Soldiers are trained and ready to deploy on short notice and bring combat-ready and lethal firepower in support of the Total Army Force and Joint Force partners around the world.

Photo by Scott T. Sturkol

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Chopper ops

First Sgt. Patrick Deuberry with Company C, 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation (MedEvac) of the Wisconsin National Guard at West Bend steps from a Blackhawk helicopter April 11 at Fort McCoy.

The helicopter and crew were at the installation to support an official visit by Brenda L. McCullough, director of Installation Management Command-Readiness at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Crew members aboard the helicopter included Maj. Marcea Weiss, Capt. Casey Voss, and Deuberry.

Photo by Scott T. Sturkol