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    Fort McCoy CWOC class 21-05 students complete shelter-building training

    Fort McCoy CWOC class 21-05 students complete shelter-building training

    Photo By Scott Sturkol | Tents set up by students in Fort McCoy Cold-Weather Operations Course (CWOC) class...... read more read more

    Students and staff in Fort McCoy Cold-Weather Operations Course (CWOC) class 21-05 participated in shelter-building training March 11 at Fort McCoy.

    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, said CWOC instructor Hunter Heard.

    During each session of the Fort McCoy Cold-Weather Operations Course, students spend several days in the field surviving in improvised shelters they built with materials they find and have with them. They also stay in Arctic tents.

    Heard, who works for contractor Veterans Range Solutions, which supports the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, or DPTMS, students spend nearly 20 hours during their 14 days of training learning about and building improvised shelters.

    Heard said the most important factor for each shelter is making sure it’s well insulated. Some students have used evergreen boughs combined with leaves and debris. Others have incorporated Army ponchos with natural materials.

    “They are all unique,” Heard said.

    During CWOC Class 21-05’s field training with shelter building, the students built several lean-to-style shelters and others took advantage of already fallen trees to build shelters around. They also spent extra time learning to erect the Artic tents, Heard said.

    "Weather often helps determine how the students will build their shelters and what materials they incorporate into the build," Heard said.

    Class 21-05 spent more time on the shelter building and fieldcraft portion of training due to lack of snow and other environmental reasons, Heard added.

    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, 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.



    Date Taken: 03.31.2021
    Date Posted: 03.31.2021 13:07
    Story ID: 392730
    Location: FORT MCCOY, WI, US 

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