Fort McCoy Welcome, Overview
Welcome to Fort McCoy — a community of quality and excellence! This publication was developed to provide you with some of the most-requested information about the installation. For more information, please visit the Fort McCoy public website at https://home.army.mil/mccoy.
Fort McCoy's mission is to underpin Total Force Readiness by serving as a training center and a support site for power projection missions.
As a Total Force Training Center, Fort McCoy's primary responsibility is to support the training and readiness of military personnel and units of all branches and components of America's armed forces. Fort McCoy is a Mobilization Force Generation Installation prepared to support contingency operations as ordered.
As a world-class installation, Fort McCoy's continuing goal is to provide excellent customer service and facilities and to enhance the quality of life for all who train, work, play, or live here. The Fort McCoy community truly is unique, with active, reserve, and civilian components working together for the betterment of all facets of life at the installation.
Located in the heart of the upper Midwest, Fort McCoy is the only U.S. Army installation in Wisconsin. Fort McCoy lives its motto, "Total Force Training Center." 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. A record 155,975 service members trained at the post in fiscal year 2017.
The Fort McCoy complex is situated on 60,000 acres, 46,000 of which are contiguous live-fire and maneuver areas. Fort McCoy's superb location, quality terrain, and four-season climate provide units with significant year-round training opportunities.
Fort McCoy provides reserve- and active-component forces with the networked, integrated, interoperable training resources required to support the Army's training strategies using a full spectrum of facilities, ranges, and training areas.
Fort McCoy offers an environment for units to train on unified land operations across the range of military operations, allowing simultaneous conduct of individual- through brigade-level training, static live fire, maneuver live fire, and force-on-force in both urban and unimproved terrain.
Fort McCoy has 31 live-fire ranges, 17 of which are automated or instrumented; 21 artillery firing points; 12 mortar firing points; and an 8,000-acre impact area. Ranges supporting collective live-fire training include two multipurpose training ranges, a convoy live-fire range, an infantry platoon and squad battle course, three multipurpose machine-gun ranges, two live-fire shoot houses, and a live-fire breach facility.
Individual qualification ranges include facilities for modified record-fire, automated record-fire, and 10-meter/25-meter rifle zero range for open and optic sights, as well as a qualification training facility with modified record-fire and combat pistol/military police qualification-course capability.
Fort McCoy has extensive urban and rural training facilities.
To support urban training the post offers two fully instrumented urban training sites, a 25-building Combined Arms Collective Training Facility (CACTF), a 20-building Collective Training Facility, and three wireless instrumented Combat in the Cities facilities with a total of 309 buildings.
These co-located facilities provide an urban training area with a continuous 2.4-kilometer capability for mounted and dismounted urban training scenarios. Three after-action review facilities provide on-site, immediate feedback capabilities. An urban assault course and two live-fire shoot houses round out the urban training capability.
Seven training areas were constructed to provide rural training capability. These include walled farm villages with planted crops; one is instrumented with wireless technology.
Specialized training sites include an Unmanned Aerial Systems strip; a semi-improved airstrip with a Seizure/Forced-Entry training site; a Search/Site Exploitation Facility; two tunnel systems; an engineer water-bridging site; and two wireless, instrumented Home Station Training Lanes (HSTL). Each 8-kilometer HSTL includes overpasses, bridges, canals, six urban villages, traffic circles, guard rails, culverts, and divided roadways.
Looking to the future, Fort McCoy is prepared to meet the training needs of the Army in the 21st century.
More than $38 million was invested recently to improve and upgrade the Range Complex, including a Known Distance range, an Automated Record Fire range, and the CACTF.
Fort McCoy also is home to a number of Army, Department of Defense, and state activities that further broaden the scope of training and support available on the installation.
These include the 86th Training Division, 88th Readiness Division, 181st Infantry Brigade, Army & Air Force Exchange Service, Army Reserve Equal Employment Opportunity Office, Defense Commissary Agency, Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services, Defense Logistics Agency Document Services, Defense Military Pay Office, Equipment Concentration Site-67, Fort McCoy Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, Logistics Readiness Center, Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site, Mission & Installation Contracting Command–Fort McCoy, Network Enterprise Center, Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Fort McCoy Army Health Clinic, Recruiting Company, Regional Training Site–Maintenance, Regional Training Site–Medical, U.S. Army Reserve Pay Center, Wisconsin Military Academy, Wisconsin National Guard Challenge Academy, and the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy.
Fort McCoy has one of the largest workforces in Monroe County and the greater La Crosse region. Currently, 2,469 personnel are employed at Fort McCoy — 1,466 civilians, 505 military, and 498 contract employees.
In fiscal year 2018, Fort McCoy returned $283.8 million to the local economy, which translated into an estimated total economic impact of $1.135 billion.
Many quality-of-life projects at Fort McCoy benefit personnel associated with the installation.
- A $4.8 million Child Development Center opened in 2009, and a $7.7 million Youth Center opened in 2015.
- A multiyear, multimillion dollar, multiphase project to construct 56 single-Family dwellings on Fort McCoy's South Post, which increased the number of Family Housing quarters available to 113. A newly renovated South Post Community Center provides community space and serves as the office for the post's Housing Division.
- McCoy's Community Center, a state-of-the-art food and entertainment facility, which features an eight-lane bowling center, banquet rooms, and an outdoor courtyard area.
- A $3.8 million Exchange facility.
- A $4.2 million Commissary.
- Pine View Campground.
- Whitetail Ridge Ski Area.
- Fort McCoy's Commemorative Area.
Goods and services not readily available on the installation can be obtained in the civilian communities, many of which are within easy driving distance of the post.
Fort McCoy is located approximately 7 miles west of Tomah, 6 miles east of Sparta, 25 miles south of Black River Falls, and 35 miles east of La Crosse and the Mississippi River. Each of these communities is home to a variety of industries and offers many recreational and social opportunities and events.
The installation enjoys positive working relationships with, and public support from, local, county, and state governments; the chambers of commerce; county and school boards; civic organizations; veterans groups; and the general citizenry within these communities.
May your stay at Fort McCoy and visits to the surrounding areas be pleasurable and memorable experiences.