21-592 - NFTF Training in Contested Spaces

By LTC Alexander L. Carter United States Army Reserve, Deputy Garrison Commander Fort McCoy, WI Mr. Craig Hayes, Senior Military Analyst, Center Army Lessons LearnedJanuary 13, 2021

As a Total Force Training Center, Fort McCoy, WI, has primary responsibility to support the training and readiness of military personnel and units of all branches and components of America’s Armed Forces.¹

Since the early days of the Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States, the Army and its installations have been challenged to find ways to maintain a high degree of readiness in this “contested environment.”

One Army installation, Fort McCoy, developed and implemented a series of COVID-19 risk-mitigation protocols that set conditions to enable safe and effective training to resume on the installation, resulting in the successful training of thousands of military personnel through the summer of 2020. This publication is about Fort McCoy’s leadership, specifically the garrison commander and his staff, following Army guidance to create safe, effective, and innovative policies and practices that significantly mitigated the COVID-19 risks for its training populations.

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