Fort McCoy News May 23, 2014

CSTX: Transportation unit practices vehicle recovery

86th Training Division Public Affairs

FORT MCCOY, Wis. — The 443rd Transportation Company of Elkorn, Neb., conducted vehicle recovery training at a recovery range as a part of the Combat Support Training Exercise (CSTX) conducted by the 86th Training Division here.

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Sgt. Christopher Smith, 443rd Transportation Company, Omaha, Neb., instructs fellow Soldiers on how to recover a submerged Palletized Load System M1076 at Fort McCoy, Wis. The 443rd was participating in an annual Combat Support Training Exercise involving 7,000 Soldiers and joint military personnel. Photo by Spc. Robert Farrell

"Fort McCoy is a great place for us to train since we don't have space to train with the wreckers," said Sgt. Robert G. McDonald, wheeled vehicle mechanic with the 443rd.

"It's a good hands-on experience out here training with the vehicles in a field. We can teach new Soldiers skills they didn't learn in their entry training, and it brings their knowledge to an even higher level."

"I've never done wrecker training, so it's fun," said Spc. Allanah Kurtz, construction equipment repairer from the 351st Ordnance Company out of Romney, W.Va. "As a repairer, it is nice to learn how the others do their job so I understand it better. This has been great training."

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A Soldier with the 443rd Transportation Company operates a winch as part of the process to recover a submerged M1076 at Fort McCoy, Wis.
Photo by Spc. Robert Farrell
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Soldiers from the 443rd Transportation Company
recover a submerged M1076 at Fort McCoy, Wis.

Photo by Spc. Robert Farrell