This Month in Fort McCoy History — December
1 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Shown is a screen shot of the front page of the Camp McCoy, Wis., News from Dec. 19, 1952, highlighting holiday messages from camp personnel. The Camp McCoy News was a version of The Real McCoy newspaper in the early 1950s. (Army photo) (Photo Credit: Courtesy) VIEW ORIGINAL
This Month in Fort McCoy History — December
2 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A full moon, called a "super moon" is shown rising over the cantonment area of Fort McCoy, Wis., on Dec. 2, 2017. This was the only super moon of 2017, according to astronomers. (U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, Wis.) (Photo Credit: Scott Sturkol) VIEW ORIGINAL
This Month in Fort McCoy History — December
3 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A full moon, called a "super moon" is shown rising over the cantonment area of Fort McCoy, Wis., on Dec. 2, 2017. This was the only super moon of 2017, according to astronomers. (U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, Wis.) (Photo Credit: Scott Sturkol) VIEW ORIGINAL
This Month in Fort McCoy History — December
4 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – An aircrew with the Illinois Air National Guard’s 182nd Airlift Wing at Peoria operates a C-130 Hercules over the installation Dec. 1, 2017, near South Post as part of training at Fort McCoy, Wis. The C-130 and crew were practicing landing and taking off from Young Air Assault Strip on South Post. Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medevac, and cargo transport aircraft. The versatile airframe has found uses in a variety of other roles, including as a gunship, for airborne assault, search and rescue, scientific research support, weather reconnaissance, aerial refueling, maritime patrol, and aerial firefighting. (U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, Wis.) (Photo Credit: Scott Sturkol) VIEW ORIGINAL
This Month in Fort McCoy History — December
5 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Post personnel oversee a prescribed burn Dec. 1, 2017, at an area along railroad tracks on South Post at Fort McCoy, Wis. Personnel with the Fort McCoy Directorate of Emergency Services Fire Department; Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division Natural Resources Branch; Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security; and the Colorado State University Center of Environmental Management of Military Lands under contract with the post help coordinate each prescribed burn at the post. Prescribed burns, generally, are done in the spring and fall seasons because weather conditions are most favorable at those times. Prescribed burns also improve wildlife habitat, control invasive plant species, restore and maintain native plant communities, and reduce wildfire potential. This was the first time in recent history where a prescribed burn was held in December. (U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, Wis.) (Photo Credit: Scott Sturkol) VIEW ORIGINAL
This Month in Fort McCoy History — December
6 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Post personnel oversee a prescribed burn Dec. 1, 2017, at an area along railroad tracks on South Post at Fort McCoy, Wis. Personnel with the Fort McCoy Directorate of Emergency Services Fire Department; Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division Natural Resources Branch; Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security; and the Colorado State University Center of Environmental Management of Military Lands under contract with the post help coordinate each prescribed burn at the post. Prescribed burns, generally, are done in the spring and fall seasons because weather conditions are most favorable at those times. Prescribed burns also improve wildlife habitat, control invasive plant species, restore and maintain native plant communities, and reduce wildfire potential. This was the first time in recent history where a prescribed burn was held in December. (U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, Wis.) (Photo Credit: Scott Sturkol) VIEW ORIGINAL
This Month in Fort McCoy History — December
7 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers at Fort McCoy, Wis., for training drive military vehicles on the cantonment area en route to a training area Dec. 5, 2017. Thousands of service members trained at Fort McCoy during December 2017 for battle-drill, exercise, and institutional training courses and events. (U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, Wis.) (Photo Credit: Scott Sturkol) VIEW ORIGINAL
This Month in Fort McCoy History — December
8 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Kevin Nelson and Rochelle Schwarz, both with contractor Accent Controls Inc. supporting the Fort McCoy Central Issue Facility, inventory cold-weather gear Nov. 27, 2017, at the facility at Fort McCoy, Wis. (U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, Wis.) (Photo Credit: Scott Sturkol) VIEW ORIGINAL
This Month in Fort McCoy History — December
9 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – This screen shot features Page 6 from the Dec. 8, 2017, edition of The Real McCoy newspaper at Fort McCoy, Wis. The Real McCoy newspapaper is the official publication of the installation. (Army Photo) (Photo Credit: Courtesy) VIEW ORIGINAL
This Month in Fort McCoy History — December
10 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – This screen shot is a snippet from the Dec. 2, 1944, edition of The Real McCoy newspaper at then-Camp McCoy, Wis. The installation is now Fort McCoy and the newspaper is still called The Real McCoy. This highlights Christmas mailing for World War II Soldiers. (Army Photo) (Photo Credit: Courtesy) VIEW ORIGINAL
This Month in Fort McCoy History — December
11 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – This screen shot of a news page from the Dec. 25, 1942, edition of The Real McCoy newspaper at then-Camp McCoy, Wis., highlights in part of Soldiers discussing their planned New Year resolutions in this Christmas Day edition of the paper. The installation is now called Fort McCoy but the newspaper is still called The Real McCoy. (Army Photo) (Photo Credit: Courtesy) VIEW ORIGINAL

Fort McCoy, Wis., was established in 1909. Here is a look back at some installation history from December 2022 and back.

80 Years Ago ― Dec. 5, 1942

“Camp McCoy welcomed the Second Infantry Division! Camp McCoy saluted the Second Infantry Division arrival with a welcome note. Although our climate may not be as warm, we sincerely hope that our northern hospitality has been as warm as the Texas variety. We are honored to have such famous fighting men on our midst and hope you benefit from your stay here. Camp McCoy is a new camp, you are an old unit. It is our wish that new and old blend to make your time enjoyable.”

(Four months of intensive winter warfare training at Camp McCoy prepared the Second Infantry Division for their battles to follow during World War II.)

35 Years Ago – Dec. 3, 1987

Soldiers from the 205th Light Fighter Academy floated to the ground from a C-130 aircraft which flew them over Fort McCoy.

Fort McCoy’s Badger Drop Zone was the destination for the 11 Academy Soldiers participating in the December jump. Aircraft support was provided by the 440th Tactical Air Wing from Milwaukee.

15 years ago – Dec. 14, 2007

The last issue of the Fort McCoy Triad was published on Dec. 14, 2007. The newspaper resumed publication on Jan. 11, 2008, as “The Real McCoy.”

The name change was announced as a harbinger of the installation celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2009. The name change reflects and honors the post’s heritage and legacy of service.

5 years ago — December 2017

As more than 300 students train through the Cold-Weather Operations Course (CWOC) during the winter of 2017-18, one of the first stops for many students who are Army Reserve Soldiers will be the Fort McCoy Central Issue Facility (CIF) to get their cold-weather gear.

“Here, Reserve Soldiers can be permanently issued their cold-weather gear and learn how to use it in training at the same time, ... which is one reason why Fort McCoy is so well suited to support the cold-weather training,” said CIF Property Book Officer Thomas Lovgren. More than a dozen items make up the Army Extreme Cold-Weather Clothing System, or ECWCS, that are issued to Soldiers.

The system includes a lightweight undershirt and underwear, midweight shirt and underwear, fleece jacket, wind jacket, soft shell jacket and trousers, extreme cold/wet-weather jacket and trousers, and extreme cold-weather parka and trousers.

“It’s a layered system that allows for protection in a variety of climate elements and temperatures,” Lovgren said. Each piece in the ECWCS fits and functions either alone or together as a system, which enables seamless integration with load-carrying equipment and body armor. For each CWOC class, Lovgren said the CIF supports the students with ECWCS equipment issue on the second day of training. “They receive their ECWCS items as well as other items, such as gloves, hats, and related gear,” he said.

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 the Defense Visual Information Distribution System at https://www.dvidshub.net/fmpao, 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.