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Mobilization

Engineer unit issued new MultiCam uniforms

Story & photo by Tom Michele, Eagle Systems & Services

Some Soldiers training at Fort McCoy preparing to deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom are receiving the new MultiCam camouflage pattern Army Combat Uniforms.

PHOTO: Jeff Steinbrink fits Pfc. Michael Avant of the 509th Engineer Company with an Improved Outer Tactical Vest at Fort McCoy’s Fixed Issue Point. Photo by Tom Michele
Jeff Steinbrink fits Pfc. Michael Avant of the 509th Engineer Company with an Improved Outer Tactical Vest at Fort McCoy’s Fixed Issue Point. The IOTV is in the new MultiCam camouflage pattern.

The 160 Soldiers from the 509th Engineer Company received individual Soldier equipment while at Fort McCoy for their five-day culminating training exercise. The 509th is an active-duty unit from Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

The equipment was issued at the Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier Fixed Issue Point (FIP), which is the former Rapid Fielding Initiative.

The list includes mostly clothing items, and also an advanced combat helmet, first-aid kit, rifleman’s set, large rucksack, hydration bladder kit, Improved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV), and several small tools.

The MultiCam pattern also is on the IOTV and rucksacks, and is exclusive to Soldiers deploying to Afghanistan.

Jeff Steinbrink, NCI Information Systems contractor team lead at the PEO Soldier at FIP, said it is important Soldiers get the proper equipment before they leave for their overseas tour of duty. “The MultiCam assembly is just the Army constantly improving its equipment as it tries to better protect the Soldier.”

The IOTV gets its “improved” terminology because of the new installation of a quick release system. The system rapidly disconnects and quickly separates the vest, which greatly increases survivability in vehicles, Steinbrink said.

Another improvement to the IOTV is the more-even distribution of the ammunition pouches to reduce the Soldier’s profile, yet allowing easy access to the pouches. The new profile also reduces the problem of the Soldier getting snagged in the vehicle as they dismount.

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