Fort McCoy News Aug. 25, 2017

This month in Fort McCoy history

50 Years Ago — Aug. 26, 1967

The 25th anniversary of the opening of the cantonment area at Camp McCoy was observed Aug. 26. The triangular shaped cantonment area of Camp McCoy was officially opened for inspection in August 1942 after nearly six months of around-the-clock shifts by 8,000 construction workers. Nearly $30,000,000 was appropriated for the project. Camp McCoy, thus, became a major training area in support of the war effort with an estimated 35,000 to 40,000 troops stationed here during the peak of training activities.

John Bogle, senior engineer from General Dynamics IT of Waynesville, N.C., discusses the operation of equipment at the Urban Operations Shoot House with Range Maintenance/Raytheon personnel Aug. 14, 2007.
John Bogle, senior engineer from General Dynamics IT of Waynesville,
N.C., discusses the operation of equipment at the Urban Operations
Shoot House with Range Maintenance/Raytheon personnel Aug. 14,
2007.
File photo

40 Years Ago — Aug. 14, 1977

Parachutes once again filled the skies over Fort McCoy as Soldiers of the 12th Special Forces Group made their first jump of Alternate Annual Training '77. Approximately 27 Soldiers jumped during three passes of a C-130 "Hercules" aircraft.

30 Years Ago — Aug. 9, 1987

A Huey UH1H helicopter crashed near the abandoned airstrip on North Post. None of the six personnel on board sustained major injury.

20 Years Ago — Aug. 8, 1997

Officials from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Reserve Affairs) and Office of the Chief of the Army Reserve in Washington, D.C., made a staff visit at Fort McCoy on Aug. 8- 9.
Brig. Gen. James R. Helmly, deputy chief, Army Reserve; Joel B. Resnick, deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategic planning and analysis (Reserve Affairs); and Jennifer C. Buck, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Reserve Affairs (Resources) visited the installation to observe reserve-component training. They visited classroom and field locations across the installation and also viewed the Distance Learning platform being tested at the Army Reserve Readiness Training Center.

10 Years Ago — August 2007

A new Live Fire Shoot House, After-Action Review (AAR) facility at Range 36 and Mobile Urban Training Site instrumentation opened for training at Fort McCoy.

   (Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office from the archives of The Real McCoy and the Triad.)