FORT MCCOY, Wis. (WXOW) – A few years ago, Fort McCoy developed a system that would benefit both the Army reserves and also those in training.
That system has saved the Army over $14 million in transportation costs since it’s start in 2017. This year, that number increased to over $20 million in transportation costs.
The Fort McCoy Draw Yard holds over 1700 pieces of equipment. The equipment ranges from small generators and Humvee’s to large JLTV (Joint Light Tactical Vehicle) Vehicles, cranes and engineering equipment. The Draw Yard equipment is there for units nationwide to use for training.
Fort McCoy’s army base and lot of equipment allows others to use their vehicles instead of driving their own or shipping them to the base. This system has saved gas mileage and time for those travelling to the Fort McCoy base. It’s overall a quicker and more efficient process. Officer-in-Charge Michael Zinnecker says this is a very efficient way for the army to train and borrow equipment.
“We provide equipment that is fully operationally ready to go for units from around the country, including Kuwait, Puerto Rico and Guam. They come here to train. The equipment is ready to go, it’s turn key,” Zinnecker said, “Basically they come in, similar to an enterprise. The stuff is staged up and ready to go. They go through the paperwork, they draw the equipment, they take it out, and they go and train.”
The set of equipment is specifically utilized for exercises by personnel that are in training. Zinnecker specified two core beliefs of the Fort McCoy Army Reserve and their view of the new system: To save on transportation costs and to speed up RSOI. The RSOI is the reception, staging, onward, and integration that goes into training. It speeds up the process for training and overall allows the army too save millions. The money they’ve saved from transportation costs this past year will go back to new equipment, specifically new JLTV vehicles, which have been referred to as the future vehicle of the Army.