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Soldiers Practice Sling Loading at Fort McCoy

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SPARTA, Wis. (WXOW) – Students finished sling load training at Fort McCoy on Wednesday with two hands-on training sessions.

Sling loading is hooking up ammo pods and other cargo to special Chinook Helicopters. Cargo is connected underneath the helicopter by rope and makes for a much easier and more convenient way for troops to transport ammunition and food among other items from one location to another.

Over the past month, 13th Battalion and 100th Regiment instructors at Fort McCoy have taught students from all across the country how to properly transport cargo.

Through classroom and hands-on training sessions, 23 students will officially become certified ammunition handling specialists—a crucial credential to have in the military.

"We need to get ammo to our troops and a lot of the time, we aren't going to be able to take a drive down with our ammo. It's more efficient and it's faster (than taking a vehicle)," U.S. Army Specialist Kari Akins said.

McCoy students will graduate from the program on Thursday before flying home on Friday.

Sgt. Douglas Dobitz, Senior Leader for Ammunition Training Company, said the next step for the newly-certified students will be to sling load independently.

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