Fort McCoy News June 26, 2015

'Red Arrow' Soldiers build warrior skills at McCoy

Units with the 32nd "Red Arrow" Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) of the Wisconsin Army National Guard held two weeks of annual training at Fort McCoy in June. With more than 3,400 Soldiers and units based in 36 Wisconsin communities, the 32nd IBCT is the largest unit in the Wisconsin Guard. Brigade combat teams are the basic deployable combat maneuver units in the U.S. Army.

The 32nd's distinctive "Red Arrow" stands outside its encampment set up near Fort McCoy's Forward Operating Base Freedom. Photo by Scott T. Sturkol

The 32nd IBCT resembles a small-scale combat division, with infantry, cavalry, field artillery, and special troops units for intelligence, signal, military police, and combat engineers. At Fort McCoy, they trained on basic Army Warrior tasks, combat and maneuver skills. They also helped Soldiers earn the Army Expert Infantryman Badge.

"Red Arrow" Soldiers operated from several locations at the installation for their training, including at the Fort McCoy Combined Arms Collective Training Facility and in a location near Forward Operating Base Freedom. Their presence at the post added to the training population that averaged more than 15,000 service members training each week in June.

For more photographs of the 32nd "Red Arrow" Infantry Brigade Combat Team, click here.

   (Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office.)