Fort McCoy News Nov. 13, 2015

Hunters: Remember UXO safety

Anyone in the training areas at Fort McCoy, including hunters, should know what to do if they encounter unexploded ordnance (UXO).

"Areas open to hunting at Fort McCoy generally do not have UXO," said Range Safety Officer Brad Vieth of the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security. "However, UXO safety must be observed even with a minor chance that someone could encounter UXO."

UXO results from the military use of munitions during live-fire training or testing. Anyone who encounters UXO should remember three "Rs" of explosive safety — recognize, retreat, and report.

• Recognize — Recognizing the situation means first realizing an unidentified object could be dangerous.

• Retreat — Do not touch, move, or disturb the suspected UXO. Immediately and carefully leave the area following the same path on which the area was entered.

• Report — Immediately notify authorities and describe as much as possible about the environment and location of the UXO.

Civilians who encounter or see UXO at the installation should call the Fort McCoy Police Department at 608-388-2000 and report what they saw, where they saw it, and if they were able to mark the area.

The Fort McCoy Installation Safety Office also has brochures about UXO.

   (Prepared by the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office, DPTMS Range Operations, and the Installation Safety Office.)