DVIDS – News – Photo Story: 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Soldiers Complete ‘Largest Civil Line Rail Movement the Wisconsin National Guard has Ever Done,’ Part 1

Soldiers from the Wisconsin National Guard’s 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) conduct a rail movement that includes more than 800 pieces of equipment on nearly 200 rail cars at the Fort McCoy, Wis., rail yard on May 16, 2024.

Warrant Officer 1 Eric Frank of the 32nd IBCT, who helped plan the move, said this was “the largest civilian line rail movement the Wisconsin National Guard has ever done.”

The 32nd completes the operation to move the vehicles and equipment for a future training rotation.

Unit movement officers with the 32nd coordinated plans to complete the movement.

Fort McCoy’s Logistics Readiness Center Transportation Division and associated railroad personnel supported the effort.

Frank also said members of the Fort McCoy railroad team were instrumental in completing the work.

“They have been very supportive and answered any questions we had,” Frank said. “They’ve provided us with a lot of their railroad tools, their wrenches and even their staff to help us monitor and make sure we’re doing the right thing. The transportation officer and the LRC (Logistics Readiness Center) here have helped us a lot.”

Frank said the 32nd’s rail efforts also demonstrate the “immense” opportunities that rail provides to the military.

“It’s probably one of the biggest opportunities within the continental United States to get our equipment to the ports of embarkation, to put it on an airplane or on a ship,” Frank said. “They were able to take most of the equipment with them. … (For example) we are sending … roughly 800 pieces of equipment on almost 200 rail cars … in one mass movement … so it is quite large.”

Frank said once the training rotation is complete, all equipment will return to Fort McCoy to be offloaded in a similar move.

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 service members from all services almost every year since 1984.

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Date of recording: 05/31/2024
Date posted: 05-31-2024 12:33
Story ID: 472734

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