Spc. Taylor Mitchell (left), Pfc. Marcus Bird, Spc. Cody Wrensch and Staff Sgt. Frankie Tedtaotao, all with the 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion Headquarters and Headquarters Company of Green Bay, Wisconsin, participate in land-navigation training at Compass Course 2 at Fort McCoy. The training was part of a larger extended combat training tour the reserve battalion conducted at the installation. (Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, May 2016)
Located in the heart of the upper Midwest, Fort McCoy is the only U.S. Army installation in Wisconsin. As a Total Force Training Center, Fort McCoy’s primary responsibility is to support the training and readiness of military personnel and units of all branches and components of America’s armed forces. The installation has provided support and facilities for the field and classroom training of more than 100,000 military personnel from all services each year since 1984.
The Fort McCoy complex is situated on 60,000 acres, 46,000 of which are contiguous live-fire and maneuver areas. Fort McCoy’s location, terrain and four-season climate provide units with significant year-round training opportunities. The fort provides reserve- and active-component forces with the networked, integrated, interoperable training resources required to support the Army’s training strategies using a full spectrum of facilities, ranges and training areas. The fort offers an environment for units to train on unified land operations across the range of military operations, allowing simultaneous conduct of individual- through brigade-level training, static live fire, maneuver live fire, and force-on-force in both urban and unimproved terrain. Fort McCoy has 31 live-fire ranges, 17 of which are automated or instrumented; 21 artillery firing points; 12 mortar firing points; and an 8,000-acre impact area. Ranges supporting collective live-fire training include two multipurpose training ranges, a convoy live-fire range, an infantry platoon and squad battle course, three multipurpose machine gun ranges, two live-fire shoot houses and a live-fire breach facility.
Fort McCoy has extensive urban and rural training facilities. To support urban training, the post offers two fully instrumented urban training sites, a 25-building Combined Arms Collective Training Facility, a 20-building Collective Training Facility and three wireless instrumented Combat in the Cities facilities with a total of 309 buildings. These co-located facilities provide an urban training area with a continuous 2.4-kilometer capability for mounted and dismounted urban training scenarios. Three after-action review facilities provide on-site, immediate feedback capabilities. An urban assault course and two live-fire shoot houses round out the urban training capability.
Seven training areas were constructed to provide rural training capability. These include walled farm villages with planted crops; one is instrumented with wireless technology.
Specialized training sites include an unmanned aerial systems strip; a semi-improved airstrip with a seizure and forced-entry training site; a search and site exploitation facility; two tunnel systems; an engineer water-bridging site; and two wireless, instrumented home station training lanes. Home station training lanes include overpasses, bridges, canals, urban villages, traffic circles, guard rails, culverts and divided roadways.
Fort McCoy also is home to a number of Army, Department of Defense and state activities that further broaden the scope of training and support available on the installation. These include the 86th Training Division, 88th Regional Support Command, 181st Infantry Brigade, Mission & Installation Contracting Command — Fort McCoy, Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Wisconsin Challenge Academy, Wisconsin Military Academy and Wisconsin State Patrol Academy. For a full list of units at Fort McCoy, visit www.mccoy.army.mil.