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    U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers Train to Fight at Fort McCoy

    U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers Train to Fight at Fort McCoy

    Photo By Sgt. 1st Class Anaidy Claudio-Rosa | Army Reserve Soldiers, from left, Spc. Nicholas Small, Sgt. Vincent Floyd and Sgt....... read more read more



    Story by Staff Sgt. Anaidy Claudio-Rosa 

    368th Public Affairs Detachment

    U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers practiced convoy operations during annual training on Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Aug. 7.

    The Soldiers, with 353rd Transportation Company, had an opportunity to conduct real-life convoys and practice their skills on a virtual battle space-training simulator.

    “This training will directly translate to real-world tactics when we go overseas for whatever missions we’re assigned,” said Staff Sgt. Mahin Fernando, 353rd Transportation Company. “All our Soldiers know the standard operating procedures that this company operates under, [and] how to make decisions so that the mission is executed as efficiently and as safely as possible.”

    The Army Reserve recently transitioned its capabilities to ensure units are capable, combat-ready and lethal to augment the active component at any time.

    “When we do our convoys (during battle assembly) we are mainly practicing in civilian convoys stateside. This training is important for combat operations in whatever theater we may be sent to,” said Fernando.

    Fernando further explained that this type of training on Fort McCoy provides Soldiers with real world tactics so they know what to expect when they go on a mission.

    “It means they don’t have to keep looking to leadership all the time, that they can make decisions on their own, [and] know exactly what to do, and when to do it,” said Fernando.

    Fort McCoy has been an important site for Army training since its establishment in 1909.

    “Last year we trained over 155,893 personnel,” said Theresa Fitzgerald, a public affairs specialist with Fort McCoy.

    Maj. Gen. Robert Bruce McCoy founded the installation. McCoy served with the Wisconsin National Guard for 31 years. He served in Spanish American War, and Police Action in Mexico World War I.

    “When he returned from the Spanish American War he started purchasing land for the sole purpose of training because when he went to the Spanish American War he thought they were ill prepared in many aspects,” said Fitzgerald. “He also knew weaponry would improve and that there would be future conflicts,” said Fitzgerald.

    The 353rd Transportation Company is headquartered in Buffalo, Minnesota, but the Soldiers within its formation come from all over the nation.



    Date Taken: 08.07.2018
    Date Posted: 08.09.2018 16:04
    Story ID: 288067
    Location: BUFFALO, MN, US 

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