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Photo Essay: Students build snowshoeing skills during cold-weather training at Fort McCoy

Photo Essay: Students build snowshoeing skills during cold-weather training at Fort McCoy

Story by Scott Sturkol on 01/11/2019

Students in Cold-Weather Operations Course (CWOC) Class 19-02 completed a ruck march while wearing snowshoes and backpacks as well as while pulling ahkio sleds Jan. 9, 2019, at Fort McCoy, Wis.

CWOC students are trained on a variety of cold-weather subjects, including snowshoe training and skiing as well as how to use ahkio sleds and other gear.

Training also focuses on terrain and weather analysis, risk management, cold-weather clothing, developing winter fighting positions in the field, camouflage and concealment, and numerous other areas that are important to know in order to survive and operate in a cold-weather environment.

The training is coordinated through the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security at Fort McCoy.

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 each 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.

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