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Women’s History Month: Women among thousands exceling at training at McCoy every year
Airman 1st Class Julia Childers, a security forces Airman with the 128th Air Refueling Wing of the Wisconsin National Guard at Milwaukee, participates in cold-water immersion training March 7, 2022, at Big Sandy Lake on South Post at Fort McCoy, Wis. Childers was a student in Cold-Weather Operations Course (CWOC) class 22-05 at Fort McCoy. The training is part of the curriculum for CWOC. A large hole is cut in the ice at the lake by CWOC staff, then a safe and planned regimen is followed to allow each participant to jump into the icy water. Emergency-response personnel are also nearby in case they’re needed. As each student took the plunge into the icy-cold water, making sure they also went under water, their reaction was immediate. CWOC students are trained on a variety of cold-weather subjects, including snowshoe training and skiing as well as how to use ahkio sleds and other gear. Training also focuses on terrain and weather analysis, risk management, cold-weather clothing, developing winter fighting positions in the field, camouflage and concealment, and numerous other areas that are important to know in order to survive and operate in a cold-weather environment. CWOC class 22-05 was mostly comprised of Airmen but also included Soldiers. (U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, Wis.)

Photo by: Scott Sturkol |  VIRIN: 220307-A-OK556-705.JPG