Fort McCoy News November 28, 2014

About Post: Photos from around the installation

Getting ready

A tracked snow groomer is used to level out snow made by a snow-making machine at Fort McCoy's Whitetail Ridge Ski Area. The ski area will open Friday, Dec. 19 at 4 p.m., weather permitting. Whitetail Ridge is open to the public. Regular hours of operation will be Friday, 4:30 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. The ski area will have extended holiday and school-closure hours. Early bird season passes are on sale through Dec. 22 for individual/Family facility use, and cross-country and downhill ski equipment rental. Passes can be purchased at the Pine View Campground Office, building 8053, and at Central Registration, building 1668. For more information, call 608-388-3517, or visit the website

Photo by Scott T. Sturkol

photo of rappel tower inspection

Rappel tower site inspection

Range Maintenance personnel from the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security conduct an anchor point load test of Rappel Tower T0005 on the Fort McCoy cantonment area.

The Nov. 18 test was part of an overall inspection of the tower overseen by the Installation Safety Office. No deficiencies were found during the inspection.

Photo by Don Vender

Photo of MK-19 range

Grenade away!

Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry Regiment of the Wisconsin National Guard work in teams during Soldier qualification and marksmanship shooting on the MK-19 grenade launcher at Range 26 on Fort McCoy's North Post.

The Soliders completed their training in below-normal temperatures and snow flurries.

Range 26 is one of several multi-purpose ranges at Fort McCoy that allows combat units to train on various weapons.

Photo by Scott T. Sturkol

Photo of snow plow

Cleaning up

Snow is cleared from the parking lot near building 50 on Fort McCoy's cantonment area. The Installation Safety Office reminds personnel to take caution while walking and driving on icy and snow-covered areas.

Photo by Scott T. Sturkol

Photo of building 100

Early winter?

A mid-November snowfall blankets areas surrounding Fort McCoy's Garrison Headquarters, building 100. The several inches of snow then disappeared as temperatures rose to nearly 50 degrees Nov. 23. A return to colder temps and snow was forecast.

Photo by Scott T. Sturkol

Photo of sight in clinic

Ready ... aim ...

Hunter Gundlach, with the help of his uncle, Cary Gundlach, takes aim with a rifle at Fort McCoy Sportsman's Range during one of the range's Rifle Sight-in Clinics in November. The range provided opportunities for people to prep their rifles for Wisconsin's gun-deer season in late-November.

Photo by Gary Mittelstaedt