Fort McCoy News August 23, 2013

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Red Dragon

A Soldier with the 379th Chemical Company based in Chicago sprays down a Humvee during decontamination operations conducted as part of exercise Red Dragon at Fort McCoy. Red Dragon is designed to prepare units for future deployments by providing realistic training. It is the Army Reserve's only chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear training exercise designed to assess the capabilities of participating units to perform their mission, including employing their skills in a tactical environment to counter the effects of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats and weapons of mass destruction. Commanders were evaluated based on their units' performance throughout the August exercise.

Photo by Sgt. Lisa Rodriguez Presley

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Tomah Night Out

Tomah's observance of the National Night Out included this display from Fort McCoy's Police Department. Police officers also participated in a bike rodeo. The installation's Directorate of Emergency Services provided the Fire Department Smokehouse for demonstrations about how to escape a smoke-filled building. The Installation Safety Office staffed a booth offering information about many safety topics. The Fort McCoy organizations supported the event, which was held nationwide Aug. 6, to show support to its surrounding communities and to the Army Community Covenant.

Photo by Tim Cumberworth

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Pine View summer fun

Patrons at Fort McCoy's Pine View Campground enjoy a day on the beach while others enjoyed water fun, including riding paddle boats and swimming. The summer activities at Pine View will wrap up with the Labor Day weekend, which ends Sept. 2. The Pine View lodging facilities will remain open year-round.

Photo by Rob Schuette

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Chapel renovation

Workers from TCI Engineers, Architects and Contractor work to move drywall inside Chapel 10, the Catholic Chapel, at Fort McCoy to update the rest rooms to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act standards. Other work included installing a new HVAC system, replacing water and sewer connections, replacing flooring and upgrading the electricity to meet current code and support new lighting for the altar. The work is scheduled to be completed later this month.

Photo by Rob Schuette

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Punt, Pass and Kick competition

Youth in the Fort McCoy community uncork a pass (top) and a punt (bottom) during a Punt, Pass and Kick event sponsored by the National Football League. Youth ages 6 to 15 were eligible for the Aug. 7 competition. A total of eight Fort McCoy winners advanced to a sectional competition.

Photos by Rob Schuette

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