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Welcome to Fort McCoy

Welcome to Fort McCoy



welcome to Fort McCoy Wisconsin the 60,000 acre post is located 35 miles east of the Mississippi River and the city of La Crosse the post was established as the Sparta maneuver tract in 1909 with a little more than 14,000 acres 4,000 of those acres were purchased from Major General Robert B McCoy it was McCoy's vision around 1900 to have a large camp for artillery training so when he died in 1926 the post was designated as Camp McCoy then in 1974 it was redesignated as Fort McCoy in this video we'll explore the post the surrounding areas and get to see why it's America's total force training center fort McCoy's primary mission is to support the training of all branches of our military by providing them world-class facilities to improve their skills we have 30 live fire ranges 20 artillery and 15 mortar firing points so from pistols rifles and shotguns from mortars and cannons if you want to fire it we have arranged for it to include a 500-pound bomb we also have to live fire shook houses for live fire trench complexes and several training villages positioned throughout the post our simulation center supports individual crew and collective training in addition to battalion brigade and larger simulations like most of America the fort saw an increase in activity preparing troops to fight in World War two with a special focus on cold weather training a tradition which continues to this day as troops from all over the world come to take part in the cold weather operations course this two-week course provides these soldiers with the skills they'll need to survive in extreme cold conditions learning how to construct shelters maneuver through the snow with snowshoes and skis building fires and finally taking a Polar Plunge like no other but this dip in the icy lake isn't for fun it's teaching them how to calm themselves in case they really do fall through the ice so now that you know a little bit about the training we do here you're probably wondering where am I going to live for military personnel we have single-family homes and barracks for single soldiers civilians can also use these barracks temporarily while they look for a place off post the housing service office can help you find a place to live on or off base depending on your qualifications if you have school-aged children and you need a place for them to go after school until you get off of work Child Youth Services sends buses directly to the schools in Tomah and Sparta to pick them up and bring them to the base for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years old the Child Development Center is available now let's explore some of the areas off base Tomah is about seven miles east of the base and it's the Gateway to cranberry country with a population of about 10,000 people it's quaint downtown streets with turn of the last century architecture hosts a variety of businesses Lake Tomah is located on the edge of town where you can ice fish in the winter and enjoy boating and other activities in the warmer months Sparta is about six miles west of the base and is known as the bicycling capital of America because it's the first place in the u.s. to turn old railroad tracks into bike trails the Rails to Trails Program which gained popularity in many parts of the US started right here Sparta's downtown streets also feature turn of the last century buildings filled with local businesses and just like Toma the population is just about 10,000 people if you're looking for a bigger town with a little more lacrosse sits on the Mississippi River and is home to about 52,000 people it's also the home of the University of Wisconsin La Crosse and Western Technical College and just like Tomah and Sparta lacrosse has that old town feel but it's not all small-town stuff the La Crosse Center is in the heart of downtown and features trade shows sporting events and concerts you can take a ride on an old fashioned riverboat down the Mississippi River or stand atop grandad Bluff for a breathtaking view of the city as the Sun sets over the hills of Minnesota if you're looking to visit an even bigger city it's just about an hour-long flight from the La Crosse Airport to Minneapolis or Chicago not only are there a lot of things to do off post there are year-round activities on post as well gone are the days of exhausting yourself walking up a hill to go sledding grab an inner tube and take a magic carpet ride to the top of the 800 foot long sculpted snow hill and the white tail Ridge ski area or if skiing is your thing you can rent skis snowboards all the equipment you need to spend a fun-filled day gliding down the slopes and if you don't know how to ski they offer classes for all ages just like other military installations for anyone with an active military or retiree ID we have a PX and the commissary is located right next door which makes shopping convenient if you have access to the post you can shop at our gas station food court and shop at and right across the street at McCoys they have a lunch buffet that are available for banquets and have eight lanes of bowling Pineview Recreation Area has year-round camping for RVs tents yurts and cabins the beach is open between Memorial Day and Labor Day for swimming other activities they have our volleyball or shoes fishing miniature golf a paintball course and a sportsmen range for firearms and archery if you need to rent something they offer bikes fishing equipment campers canoes and other sports equipment there are plenty of hiking trails to stay in shape if you want more of a workout head on over to Rumpel fitness center where you can pick up a game a basketball lift free weights or use the machines work on your cardio in the theater fitness room swim laps in the pool or put on the gloves and kick some butt in one of our many fitness classes although we don't have time to tell you everything there is to know about Fort McCoy we hope we gave you enough to see you're going to love it here and although I set it at the beginning of this video some of our employees would also like to say you


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