Fort McCoy News Feb. 24, 2017


OPERATION COLD STEEL
BEGINS IN MARCH AT McCOY

Fort McCoy's role as the "Total Force Training Center" continues to hold true as the installation prepares to support Operation Cold Steel — a new Army Reserve live-fire exercise taking place March 4 to April 29. (Story, photos)

Soldiers with the 329th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion of Parsons, Kan., conduct a night live-fire exercise using the M2 Browning .50-caliber machine gun mounted on a humvee at a Fort McCoy training area in July 2016.


MECHANICS BUILD SKILLS
IN RTS-MAINTENANCE COURSE

Even though Spc. Rachel Colwell grew up on a farm in Western North Dakota working on heavy equipment, she said "it's nothing like military equipment." (Story, photos)

Spc. Christopher Norwood with the 275th Quartermaster Company at Fort Pickett, Va., and Sgt. Marquett Evans with the 422nd Civil Affairs Battalion at Greensboro, N.C., both students at Regional Training Site-Maintenance in the Wheeled Vehicle Mechanics Course, work on a project Feb. 10 at Fort McCoy.


POST NRB STAFF MONITORS
DEER HERD THROUGH WINTER

Winter is often the toughest season on Fort McCoy's deer herd, so monitoring how the herd is dealing with winter conditions is crucial to the herd's survivability, said Wildlife Biologist David Beckmann with the Natural Resources Branch of the Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division. (Story, photo)

A whitetail deer is shown at a training area Feb. 6 on Fort McCoy’s North Post.


McCOY TEENS LEARN TO INTERVENE
AT GREEN DOT PROGRAM

Fort McCoy Family members learned to intervene in problematic situations during a session of the Green Dot program just for teens Jan. 24 at the School-Age Center/Youth Center. (Story, photos)

Fort McCoy Family members read each other’s answers as part of an exercise during the Green Dot program Jan. 24 at the School-Age Center/Youth Center on post.


BLACK HISTORY MONTH SPEAKER:
EDUCATION IS KEY TO SUCCESS

Education is the key that can unlock success, and it's important to help children find reasons to succeed, said guest speaker Willie Larkin at the Feb. 9 Fort McCoy luncheon honoring African-American/Black History Month. (Story, photos)

Willie Larkin, former president of Grambling State University in Louisiana, speaks to Fort McCoy community members during the installation’s observance of African-American/Black History Month on Feb. 9 at McCoy’s Community Center.