Fort McCoy News Jan. 26, 2018

Soldiers build cold-weather skills

during CWOC training

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Tent building

Students in the Cold-Weather Operations Course Class 18-02 set up an Arctic 10-person tent at Big Sandy Lake on Jan. 17 during course training. The 25 Cold-Weather Operations Course students were all Soldiers.

In addition to tent building, students are trained on a variety of cold-weather subjects, including snowshoe training and skiing as well as how to use ahkio sleds and other gear.

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Skiing

A Cold-Weather Operations Course student learns to ski and about skiing techniques Jan. 11 at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area at Fort McCoy.

Training also focuses on terrain and weather analysis, risk management, cold-weather clothing, developing winter fighting positions in the field, camouflage and concealment, and numerous other areas that are important to know in order to survive and operate in a cold-weather environment.

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Knot-tying

Instructor Hunter Heard teaches Soldiers about specialized knot-tying as part of course training Jan. 10.

The training is coordinated through the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security at Fort McCoy.

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