Fort McCoy News June 14, 2013

Essayons Exercise kicks off troop projects season

Engineer units will accomplish a number of troop projects this year to support the installation's training mission, said Larry Morrow, Fort McCoy Troop Projects coordinator.

The work will begin with an asphalt/paving project at the unmanned aerial vehicle air takeoff/landing strip during Essayons 2013, an engineer exercise that began June 7, Morrow said.

Troop project work will continue throughout the rest of the year.

Training highlights will include constructing a shower facility for Forward Operating Base (FOB) Liberty, and a lean-to storage shed near the Troop Projects facility, building 2889, and completing an electrical project at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area.

The FOB Liberty shower facility will be usable year-round to help support training at the complex, he said. The lean-to storage shed will provide needed storage space to support Troop Project work.

Electrical upgrade work at Whitetail Ridge will provide more-dependable power to operate the ski rope tow at the facility, Morrow said.

"This will help support both the troops who need to conduct winter skiing training at the facility and Whitetail Ridge customers who use the facility for winter sports recreation," Morrow said. "The current electrical source requires a lot of maintenance, which leads to down time."

Other work will include a unit pole shed building on Range 26, which will provide Range Operations with more storage capability.

A cinder block building in a South Post training area will support urban combat training at nearby training areas, he said.
For more information about Troop Project work, call 608-388-3551.