Fort McCoy News January 23, 2015

About Post: Photos from around the installation

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Whitetail sunset

Skiers and snowboarders at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area continue to enjoy their recreation under an early-January sunset. Whitetail is equipped with lights so customers can continue participation after dark.

Photo by Liz Weaver

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Ammo specialist training

Students in the 89B Ammunition Specialist Course, taught by the 13th Battalion, 100th Regiment on Fort McCoy, prepare munitions on an installation demolition range in mid-January as part of a familiarization training on several types of ammunition.

By Army definition, ammunition specialists are responsible for the management of ordnance to include ammunition and explosives.

Ammunition specialists are tasked with receiving, storing and issuing conventional ammunition, guided missiles, large rockets, explosives and other ammunition and explosive-related items.

The 13th, 100th is aligned under the 3rd Brigade, 94th Division of the 80th Training Command, and has been at Fort McCoy since 1995.

Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Doug Dobitz

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Weather changes

Snow is cleared from a parking area on Fort McCoy's cantonment area in early January.

Several inches of snow and extreme cold blanketed the installation early in the month, and a mid-January thaw brought temperatures that exceeded 30 degrees.

Photo by Scott T. Sturkol

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No-school day fun

Children work on a project at the School-Age Center/Youth Center in early January on a day most schools were canceled because of extreme cold weather.

When schools close, the center opens for the entire day to provide care options for home-bound students.

Photo by Dustin Lakowske

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CIF construction

Construction continues on the new Central Issue Facility on Fort McCoy's cantonment area. The facility, built at a cost of more than $9 million, will be completed later in 2015. The Central Issue Facility provides field gear to service members who train at Fort McCoy.

Photo by Scott T. Sturkol

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Thank you military!

Two children sign a banner at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area during Military Appreciation Weekend in early January.

In addition to people leaving messages on banners, other Whitetail customers and ski patrol staff wore tags bearing the name of a fallen service member.

Whitetail is open every weekend during the winter months. For more information, call 608-388-3517.

Photo by Matthew Winchell