Fort McCoy News March 9, 2018


TRAINING BEGINS AT FORT McCOY
FOR OPERATION COLD STEEL II

Operation Cold Steel is the U.S. Army Reserve's crew-served weapons qualification and validation exercise to ensure America's Army Reserve units and Soldiers are trained and ready to deploy on short notice as part of Ready Force X. (Link)

A Task Force Triad primary marksmanship instructor for Operations Cold Steel II fires an M2 .50-caliber machine gun at Range 26 on Feb. 17 as part of crew-served weapon familiarization at Fort McCoy. Task Force Triad, hosted by the 416th Theater Engineer Command, will conduct training at Fort McCoy for Operation Cold Steel II through May 31. More than 3,000 Soldiers are expected to attend this mounted crew-served weapons qualification training.


THOUSANDS OF TONS OF CONCRETE
RECYCLED ANNUALLY AT McCOY

A contractor began recycling tons and tons of old concrete in February on Fort McCoy's North Post. (Link)

Workers with contractor Gerke Excavating Inc. of Tomah, Wis., break up and move old concrete before it’s placed in a rock crusher Feb. 12 at a location on North Post at Fort McCoy.


INSTALLATION LRC TEAM COMPLETES
SUCCESSFUL RAIL OPS, TRAINING

Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 271, a unit from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., and Fort McCoy Logistics Readiness Center personnel coordinate the loading of railcars Jan. 30 at Fort McCoy. (Link)

Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 271, a unit from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., and Fort McCoy Logistics Readiness Center personnel coordinate the loading of railcars Jan. 30 at Fort McCoy.


MARINES COMPLETE FROZEN BADGER,
TEST POST'S JOINT CAPABILITY

More than 120 Marines with the Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2 tested themselves in Wisconsin winter extremes during their Frozen Badger exercise at Fort McCoy from mid-January to late February. (Link)

Marines with Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2 prepare an RQ-21A Blackjack for launch during the Frozen Badger exercise Feb. 9 at Young Air Assault Strip at Fort McCoy.


ARBOR WORK COMPLETED,
IMPROVING TREE HEALTH

Annually, personnel with the Forestry Office of the Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division Natural Resources Branch inspect trees throughout the post in high-traffic areas that need trimming and arbor work completed on them. (Link)

Calvin Swenson with contractor Viking Brothers Landscaping of Rubicon, Wis., cuts a branch off a pine tree Jan. 29 at Pine View Campground. The work was part of an overall project to have trees trimmed throughout post.