About Fort McCoy, WI
Fort McCoy is a U.S. Army installation located approximately 100 miles northwest of Madison, Wisconsin. First formed in 1909 as the Sparta Maneuver Tract, Fort McCoy has since existed primarily as a military training base. It became officially known as Fort McCoy in 1974 after its activation by the U.S. Army as a permanent training center. The base employs approximately 1,300 military personnel and is home to the 86th Training Division and the 181st Infantry Brigade of the First Army.
In addition to its primary role as a training base, Fort McCoy has served as a detention center for POW's during WWII and a deployment hub for Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield during the Gulf War.
The base features heavily in the 2011 American drama "Fort McCoy." The film concerns a young man who moves his family to Wisconsin to become a barber for the U.S. Army during WWII.