By Rob Schuette, Fort McCoy Public AffairsOctober 25, 2010
FORT MCCOY, Wisc. -- The total for Fort McCoy training topped 111,000 personnel for fiscal year 2010, which ended Sept. 30. The total was up more than 5,000 personnel from last year, and also continued the installation's record of training at least 100,000 personnel annually since FY 1984.
The FY 2010 total of 111,348 troops trained compared to 105,736 in FY 2009.
The increase came from additional troops at battle drill assembly (weekend) training. The FY 2010 total for weekend training was 42,712, up from 35,434 in FY 2009.
Mark Stelzner of Fort McCoy Range Scheduling said the increase is due, in large part, to members of Wisconsin and Illinois Army National Guard, units that regularly train at Fort McCoy, returning from deployment.
Stelzner said the units used their time at Fort McCoy wisely to reset and conduct weekend training, such as individual and crew-served weapons training.
At the same time, the units were not required to do extended combat (two-week) training. Stelzner said this was a factor in the two-week training numbers decreasing from 70,302 in FY 2009 to 68,636 in FY 2010.
The total includes mobilization and demobilization training, and training from other Fort McCoy organizations, such as the Army Reserve Readiness Training Center, the Noncommissioned Officer Academy, the 1152nd Transportation Company, Detachment 1, the ChalleNGe Academy, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion-25, the Wisconsin Military Academy, the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy, Regional Training Sites-Maintenance and Medical, Regional Training Center-Central, the 86th Training Brigade, and the 11th, 100th Military Intelligence, among others.
Stelzner said Fort McCoy should be postured for another good training year in FY 2011.
Demobilization numbers should increase over the next several months as more troops return from in-theater deployments, where they supported Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom.
Terry Hoff, Fort McCoy Range Officer, said new ranges and facility improvements are coming on line that should boost training opportunities in FY 2011 and beyond.
A second Live-Fire Shoothouse, which opened recently, will increase McCoy's throughput capability and allow units to complete training in a timely manner.
A Power-to-Ranges project to bring electrical power to all of the ranges around the North Impact Area that currently don't have electrical power will begin next spring and be complete by the end of calendar year 2011. Existing facilities also continue to see improvements.
Training exercises scheduled to return in FY 2011 include Diamond Saber (finance), Operations Essayons (engineer), the Combat Support Training Exercise (CSTX), Warrior Exercise (WAREX) and a Department of Energy exercise.