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Military students learn sling load operations at Fort McCoy

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FORT MCCOY, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Members of the 13th Battalion, 100th Regiment conducted a sling load training exercise for military students at the Fort McCoy airport Wednesday afternoon.

Sling load operations are when military equipment, ammunition, or vehicles are hooked up to helicopters and can be flown to different locations more quickly and safely.  On Wednesday, students learned how to properly connect a MLRS pod or Multiple Launch Rocket System to a Chinook helicopter when out in the field.

"Its actually the culmination of our whole program.we teach them how to be 89 Bravo which is an ammunition handler and the aircraft is just one piece of it.  They also learn how to run fork lifts, trucks and how to categorize it, separate the ammunition into different categories," says senior instructor Douglas Dobitz.

Due to the cold weather, the helicopters suffered some mechanical issues but they'll be back in March and it will be the first time the unit will train students with Chinook helicopters.

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