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229th Engineer Company undergoes deployment preparations at McCoy

      Members of the 229th Engineer Company weren't bothered by the cold late-February temperature as they prepared to fire at Fort McCoy's Range 34, a state-of-the-art Multipurpose Machine-Gun Range.  The Wisconsin Army National Guard company out of Platteville and Prairie du Chien is conducting mobilization training at Fort McCoy.

Photo: Personnel from the 229th Engineer Company prepare to fire at Range 34, a Multipurpose Machine-Gun Range. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Personnel from the 229th Engineer Company prepare to fire at Range 34, a Multipurpose Machine-Gun Range. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

      Unit personnel were training with squad automatic weapons (SAW).  Some new SAW gunners were on the sight-in or zeroing firing lines.  Others were familiar with the weapons and the mobilization procedure because they went through Operations Desert Shield/Storm more than a decade ago.

      The personnel usually qualify yearly with the weapons so this training was good refresher training and ensured the weapons were in good firing condition, said Staff Sgt. Kevin Menne, the 229th Readiness NCO, who is a Desert Storm veteran.

      "We have a number of personnel who are veterans from Desert Storm who are sharing their knowledge of mobilization with the less-experienced soldiers and telling them what to expect," Menne said.

      Sgt. Greg Allen, a Heavy Equipment operator, said unit members are doing a lot of common task training. 

      Unit personnel went through the Combat Life Saver Course and Nuclear, Biological and Chemical training, for example, Allen said.

      Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Stecklein, a platoon sergeant, said the unit members received a lot of in-depth training.  The personnel who hadn't been at Fort McCoy for a while or were coming for the first time appreciated the installation's modernized ranges, which include pop-up targets, he said.

      "This range gives more realistic training to the SAW gunners than we could get here before," he said.

      Spc. Stanley Wendel, a member of the ammunition detail, said the training was much like the unit's annual training sessions at Fort McCoy.

      The unit also used the M-16 ranges and land navigation courses to fine-tune their skills, he said.

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