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6015th Garrison Support Unit (Military Police)
"Prepare the Force!"

The mission of the 6015th Garrison Support Unit (GSU) is to conduct premobilization training, participate in mobilization exercises, augment the Fort McCoy staff during mobilization; provide Command and Control for mobilizing units and personnel; conduct strategic mobility operations; and process mobilized units, personnel & equipment for deployment and redeployment.

On November 22, 1994, the Department of the Army published orders creating the 6015th Garrison Support Unit (GSU). Effective September 16, 1995, the Garrison activated under the 86th U.S. Army Reserve Command. The next day the Garrison transferred to the 88th Regional Support Command.

The 6015th GSU's peacetime mission was to provide command and control for six primary subordinate units, their subordinate units and a detachment which was located at Fort Lewis, Washington. The wartime mission was to augment operations at Fort Lewis, Washington to ensure the quick and efficient deployment of forces.

The 6015th GSU's mission changed as of October 1, 1997. The overall wartime mission of the 6015th GSU has remained the same, but personnel supporting deployment operations will now report to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin to augment operations. The 6015th GSU now has two detachments. Detachment 1 is located at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin and Detachment 2 is located in Hurley, Wisconsin. The GSU's Higher Headquarters is the 88th Regional Support Group located in Indiana.

On order, the 6015th GSU provides augmentation for the Fort McCoy, Wisconsin Directorate Staff to perform contingency operations, and expands Fort McCoy's ability to ensure smooth, rapid mobilization and deployment of units in performance of its Power Projection Platform mission by providing command and control of deploying units.

The garrison brings services that every large military installation needs during a time of national emergency. It provides Fort McCoy with soldiers who have unique skills in housing, moving, and policing large numbers of people quickly and efficiently. The 6015th provides experts in rail loading, airfield management, information management, military law, and finance, as well as military police and trainers. In short, the 6015th prepares units for deployment.

The 6015th GSU's Detachment 2 brings to the Army readiness table skills and expertise that are invaluable to an installation located in Wisconsin's northern woods. Detachment 2 is the only forestry detachment in the United States Army. This unit can cut down trees and prepare and cut timber needed for any expansion project that might befall a major mobilization point, such as Fort McCoy.

The GSU needs Army Reserve soldiers for positions in its detachments located at Fort McCoy and in Hurley, Wisconsin. The main element drills in Forest Park, Illinois and attends training at Fort McCoy three times each year. The 6015th provides troop command support for mobilizing units deploying through Fort McCoy. A variety of positions and military occupational specialties are available that are can lead to promotions through the ranks.

On October 1, 2001 approximately 2,328 Army reservists and Army National Guard members were called to active duty as part of the partial mobilization authorized by President Bush. This brought the total Army reserve force soldiers called to active duty to about 3,235, including soldiers from the 6015th GSU.

As a Garrison, it is a unit that can be mobilized, but not deployed. At least not deployed in the strictest sense of the word. It cannot be sent to a theater of operations nor can it be sent in direct support of a theater. In the event of a contingency, this unit is used to augment a mobilization station.

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