Fort McCoy News June 9, 2017

Fort McCoy team supporting busy training ops in June

STORY & PHOTO BY SCOTT T. STURKOL
Public Affairs Staff

Support for troop training in June will continue to be at a high level for the Fort McCoy team.

With an average weekly training population expected to be about 12,000-plus service members on the installation, everything from dining and troop facilities to other support is crucial, said Training Coordination Branch Chief Craig Meeusen with the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS).

"The (Fort McCoy) team is a team that works together to do well at completing its mission," Meeusen said. "From the leadership and on down, we all know that taking care of the (service members) who train here is our main concern."

Assistant Subsistence Supply Management Office Supply Technician Tamra Meyer uses a forklift to place a shipment of food into a large storage cooler June 1 in building 490.
Assistant Subsistence Supply Management Office Supply Technician
Tamra Meyer uses a forklift to place a shipment of food into a large
storage cooler June 1 in building 490. The Logistics Readiness Center's
Subsistence Supply Management Office estimates it will distribute 10,900
cases of Meals, Ready to Eat; 3,286 types of unitized group rations; and
more than 11,000 bags of ice during June.



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Supply Technician Kelly Tilbury with the Logistics Readiness Center's
Subsistence Supply Management Office (SSMO) checks a shipment of food
while working in building 490 on June 1.

Exercises in June that are creating such a large training population during the month include the three-week Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) Exercise with the Illinois National Guard and the Guardian Justice Exercise, which is a military police-focused exercise.

"Hosting this level of training shows we have the (capabilities and capacity) with facilities and staff," Meeusen said. "And that's something that gets noticed by others."

Range Scheduler Mark Stelzner with DPTMS Range Scheduling said in the XCTC Exercise alone, most of the installation training areas will be in use, and DPTMS staff will be busy supporting them.

"This is an especially busy month. … There will be people training throughout the post," he said.

On the food-support side, the Logistics Readiness Center (LRC) Supply and Services Division is providing food, ice, and more for training troops in June.

"The 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and Joint Forces Headquarters-Illinois have drawn 10 double dining facilities to support XCTC," said Mary Hardie with the LRC Supply and Services Division. Other units are being supported with food-service support at two integrated tactical training bases on North and South Post.

"For the rest of June, 14 other dining facilities have been scheduled to various units throughout the month," Hardie said.

The Subsistence Supply Management Office (SSMO), which is part of the LRC Supply and Services Division, had to plan big for support for June, said SSMO Supply Technician Kelly Tilbury.

"For June, we estimate the SSMO will distribute 10,900 cases of Meals, Ready to Eat; 3,286 types of unitized group rations; and more than 11,000 bags of ice," Tilbury said.

Directorate of Public Works Troop Facilities Support Branch Chief Kert Hanson said his branch manages more than 400 transient troop training facilities, and more than 80 percent of those facilities are signed out for the XCTC exercise.

"Our facility use will be very heavy this entire month," Hanson said.

The amount of training on post will continue to be busy in July and August, as well, Meeusen said.

Fort McCoy has supported America's armed forces since 1909. The installation's motto is to be the "Total Force Training Center." The post's varied terrain, state-of-the-art ranges, new as well as renovated facilities, and extensive support infrastructure, combine to provide military personnel with an environment in which to develop and sustain the skills necessary for mission success. Today, Fort McCoy has become the Army's premier Total Force Training Center for Army Early Response Force early deployers to meet the Army's operational demand requirements.

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