Fort McCoy News August 22, 2014

About Post: Photos from around the installation

Photo of mortar fire

Mortar away!

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, Iowa National Guard, fire 81mm mortars during a live-fire operation at Mortar Point 312 on Fort McCoy's North Post as part of the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) exercise Aug. 12.

As many as 4,000 Soldiers and support personnel participated in XCTC at the installation.

The XCTC exercise is designed to provide a world-class training event to achieve platoon-level proficiency for brigade combat teams.

Photo by Scott T. Sturkol

Photo of Night Out

Monroe County National Night Out

Children and their parents work with officers from the Fort McCoy Police Department to participate in Operation Family Safe during the Monroe County National Night Out (NNO) event Aug. 5 in Tomah, Wis.

Several representatives from the Fort McCoy Fire Department and Police Department participated in the NNO providing child safety seat checks, fire prevention awareness and Operation Family Safe that provides free identification information for children and their parents.

Photo by Scott T. Sturkol

Photo of Rumpel renovation

Rumpel renovation

Renovation work on the Rumpel Fitness Center's new front desk and check-in area is done by Soldiers from the 327th Engineer Company of Onalaska, Wis, and the 372nd Engineer Company of Pewaukee, Wis. The Soldiers, who hold the military occupation specialty of 12R-Interior Electrician, did electrical work for the new area. The expanded area will improve customer check-in procedures and provide staff with a more-functional space. Future fitness center upgrades include a new stretching/abs area that will be located off the southern part of the gymnasium.

Photo by Geneve N. Mankel

Photo of archery

3D Archery tourney

A shooter takes aim at a target with his compound bow during the 3D Archery tournament Aug. 2 at the Fort McCoy Sportsman's Range. Winners in the tournament included: Ed Matthew, first place; Joel Mazfield, second place; and Brent Hangartner, third place. Jared Whaley and Austin Matthew took first and second place, respectively, in the junior category. For more about events at the Sportsman's Range, call 608-388-3517.

Contributed photo

Photo of machine gun

First-time machine gunner

Pfc. Timothy Nichols-Houston (left) of Winfield, Iowa, a combat engineer with the 832nd Engineer Company, Iowa Army National Guard, works with an observer as he pulls the trigger on an M2 machine gun sending .50-caliber bullets flyng down range at more than 3,000 feet per second during training on a Fort McCoy range. Nichols-Houston, 19, has been in the National Guard for only one year, and fired the "Ma Deuce" machine gun for the first time as part of his company's two-week annual training. Sometimes used as a suppresive-fire weapon, the M2 machine gun also can be deadly accurate with a single round. Some Soldiers were able to hit a target located 3/4 of a mile away with one round and no scope.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Chad D. Nelson