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Rep. Kind, Senators Kohl, Feingold Mark 100th Anniversary of Ft. McCoy

March 5, 2009
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI-3) and Wisconsin’s two U.S. Senators, Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Russ Feingold (D-WI), today introduced a congressional resolution marking the 100 th anniversary of Fort McCoy in Sparta.

“For a century, Fort McCoy has served as a bastion of strength for not only our military, but for the community as well,” Rep. Kind said. “The men and women of Fort McCoy have helped this country through some of our most trying times, from preparing soldiers to fight for freedom abroad to coming to the aid of people suffering from disasters here at home. Congratulations on 100 years of proud service to this country.”

“It is important to ensure our soldiers are well trained and equipped to handle the challenges they will face while deployed overseas,” Sen. Kohl said. “Fort McCoy has served as an outstanding training ground for our troops and I wish to congratulate them on 100 years of excellence in preparing soldiers to protect our country.”

"We are extremely proud of the outstanding performance of Fort McCoy over the last 100 years,” Sen. Feingold said. “Fort McCoy has helped to train men and women in uniform who have sacrificed so much on behalf of us all. Congratulations on a century of extraordinary dedication.”

History of Fort McCoy:

The Army began training at on the land that would later become Fort McCoy in September 1909 when it was a 4,000-acre family farmed owned by Robert Bruce McCoy. Preceding World War I, the camp became one of the largest and most modern artillery camps in the country. It was officially designated Camp McCoy in 1926 in honor of its owner, who had become a Major General, and the camp was officially renamed Fort McCoy in 1974 to recognize its year-round status as an Army training facility.

Ft. McCoy has served many purposes through the years. During the Great Depression it was a supply base for the Civilian Conservation Corps and during World War II, it prepared military units for deployment. The Fifth Army was trained there in preparation for the Korean War, it served as a resettlement center for refugees, and as a major mobilization site during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, to name a few. Presently, Fort McCoy continues to train more than 100,000 soldiers a year, preparing 85,000 military personnel from 49 states for mobilization since September 11, 2001.