Wisconsin Challenge Academy cadets learn first aid skills March 15, 2021, during training at the academy complex at Fort McCoy, Wis. The academy is a tenant organization at Fort McCoy that is managed by the Wisconsin National Guard. Dozens of youth attend there every year. And during their training, the cadets learn a variety of skills while also learning about teamwork, leadership, and community support. (Photo by Julee Katona, Wisconsin Challenge Academy)
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Wisconsin Challenge Academy cadets learn first aid skills March 15, 2021, during training at the academy complex at Fort McCoy, Wis. The academy is a tenant organization at Fort McCoy that is managed by the Wisconsin National Guard. Dozens of youth attend there every year. And during their training, the cadets learn a variety of skills while also learning about teamwork, leadership, and community support. (Photo by Julee Katona, Wisconsin Challenge Academy)
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Wisconsin Challenge Academy cadets march on the cantonment area March 16, 2021, during training at the academy complex at Fort McCoy, Wis. The academy is a tenant organization at Fort McCoy that is managed by the Wisconsin National Guard. Dozens of youth attend there every year. And during their training, the cadets learn a variety of skills while also learning about teamwork, leadership, and community support. (Photo by Julee Katona, Wisconsin Challenge Academy)
3 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Wisconsin Challenge Academy cadets march on the cantonment area March 16, 2021, during training at the academy complex at Fort McCoy, Wis. The academy is a tenant organization at Fort McCoy that is managed by the Wisconsin National Guard. Dozens of youth attend there every year. And during their training, the cadets learn a variety of skills while also learning about teamwork, leadership, and community support. (Photo by Julee Katona, Wisconsin Challenge Academy) (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Wisconsin Challenge Academy cadets participate in rappelling training on the cantonment area March 16, 2021, during training at the academy complex at Fort McCoy, Wis. The academy is a tenant organization at Fort McCoy that is managed by the Wisconsin National Guard. Dozens of youth attend there every year. And during their training, the cadets learn a variety of skills while also learning about teamwork, leadership, and community support. (Photo by Julee Katona, Wisconsin Challenge Academy)
4 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Wisconsin Challenge Academy cadets participate in rappelling training on the cantonment area March 16, 2021, during training at the academy complex at Fort McCoy, Wis. The academy is a tenant organization at Fort McCoy that is managed by the Wisconsin National Guard. Dozens of youth attend there every year. And during their training, the cadets learn a variety of skills while also learning about teamwork, leadership, and community support. (Photo by Julee Katona, Wisconsin Challenge Academy) (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Wisconsin Challenge Academy cadets participate in rappelling training on the cantonment area March 16, 2021, during training at the academy complex at Fort McCoy, Wis. The academy is a tenant organization at Fort McCoy that is managed by the Wisconsin National Guard. Dozens of youth attend there every year. And during their training, the cadets learn a variety of skills while also learning about teamwork, leadership, and community support. (Photo by Julee Katona, Wisconsin Challenge Academy)
5 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Wisconsin Challenge Academy cadets participate in rappelling training on the cantonment area March 16, 2021, during training at the academy complex at Fort McCoy, Wis. The academy is a tenant organization at Fort McCoy that is managed by the Wisconsin National Guard. Dozens of youth attend there every year. And during their training, the cadets learn a variety of skills while also learning about teamwork, leadership, and community support. (Photo by Julee Katona, Wisconsin Challenge Academy) (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Wisconsin Challenge Academy cadets participate in rappelling training on the cantonment area March 16, 2021, during training at the academy complex at Fort McCoy, Wis. The academy is a tenant organization at Fort McCoy that is managed by the Wisconsin National Guard. Dozens of youth attend there every year. And during their training, the cadets learn a variety of skills while also learning about teamwork, leadership, and community support. (Photo by Julee Katona, Wisconsin Challenge Academy)
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A Wisconsin Challenge Academy cadet participates in rappelling training on the cantonment area March 16, 2021, during training at the academy complex at Fort McCoy, Wis. The academy is a tenant organization at Fort McCoy that is managed by the Wisconsin National Guard. Dozens of youth attend there every year. And during their training, the cadets learn a variety of skills while also learning about teamwork, leadership, and community support. (Photo by Julee Katona, Wisconsin Challenge Academy)
7 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Wisconsin Challenge Academy cadet participates in rappelling training on the cantonment area March 16, 2021, during training at the academy complex at Fort McCoy, Wis. The academy is a tenant organization at Fort McCoy that is managed by the Wisconsin National Guard. Dozens of youth attend there every year. And during their training, the cadets learn a variety of skills while also learning about teamwork, leadership, and community support. (Photo by Julee Katona, Wisconsin Challenge Academy) (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Wisconsin Challenge Academy cadets participate in rappelling training on the cantonment area March 16, 2021, during training at the academy complex at Fort McCoy, Wis. The academy is a tenant organization at Fort McCoy that is managed by the Wisconsin National Guard. Dozens of youth attend there every year. And during their training, the cadets learn a variety of skills while also learning about teamwork, leadership, and community support. (Photo by Julee Katona, Wisconsin Challenge Academy)
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Wisconsin Challenge Academy cadets participate in rappelling training on the cantonment area March 16, 2021, during training at the academy complex at Fort McCoy, Wis. The academy is a tenant organization at Fort McCoy that is managed by the Wisconsin National Guard. Dozens of youth attend there every year. And during their training, the cadets learn a variety of skills while also learning about teamwork, leadership, and community support. (Photo by Julee Katona, Wisconsin Challenge Academy)
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Wisconsin Challenge Academy cadets participate in rappelling training on the cantonment area March 16, 2021, during training at the academy complex at Fort McCoy, Wis. The academy is a tenant organization at Fort McCoy that is managed by the Wisconsin National Guard. Dozens of youth attend there every year. And during their training, the cadets learn a variety of skills while also learning about teamwork, leadership, and community support. (Photo by Julee Katona, Wisconsin Challenge Academy)
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Wisconsin Challenge Academy cadets participate in rappelling training on the cantonment area March 16, 2021, during training at the academy complex at Fort McCoy, Wis. The academy is a tenant organization at Fort McCoy that is managed by the Wisconsin National Guard. Dozens of youth attend there every year. And during their training, the cadets learn a variety of skills while also learning about teamwork, leadership, and community support. (Photo by Julee Katona, Wisconsin Challenge Academy)
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Wisconsin Challenge Academy

Wisconsin Challenge Academy cadets participate in many training activities in March 2021 during training at the academy complex at Fort McCoy, Wis.

The academy is a tenant organization at Fort McCoy that is managed by the Wisconsin National Guard.

Dozens of youth attend there every year. And during their training, the cadets learn a variety of skills while also learning about teamwork, leadership, and community support.

Fort McCoy’s motto is to be the “Total Force Training Center.” Located in the heart of the upper Midwest, Fort McCoy is the only U.S. Army installation in Wisconsin.

The installation has provided support and facilities for the field and classroom training of more than 100,000 military personnel from all services nearly every year since 1984.

Learn more about Fort McCoy online at https://home.army.mil/mccoy, on Facebook by searching “ftmccoy,” and on Twitter by searching “usagmccoy.” Also try downloading the Digital Garrison app to your smartphone and set “Fort McCoy” or another installation as your preferred base.