Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
who are training or stationed at Fort McCoy and have quarters in the
cantonment have or will have opportunities in the near future to do
their laundry at facilities within walking distance.
Sgt. 1st Class Manuel Ortiz of
the 238th Maintenance Company of San Antonio sorts his laundry
at one of the installationís new laundry facilities.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Gundlach, chief of the Directorate of Public Works Operations and
Maintenance Division, said Fort McCoy is expanding its inventory of
laundry facilities, with an end goal of having laundry facilities
located in every block in the cantonment area that houses troops.
the new Army standard is to have a laundry (area) in each barracks
building, this is not feasible with our existing facilities,"
Gundlach said. "The new laundry facilities will make this service
available at a location near each barracks and greatly improve the
new facilities have approximately 1,800-square-feet and include 24
washing machines and 12 double-stacked dryers for a total of 24 dryers
in each facility.
of the washing machines are front-loading systems, which allow them to
handle heavy-duty jobs.
Blixt, the supervisor for the Directorate of Logistics Troop and
Installation Support Branch (TISB), said these machines allow Soldiers
to wash heavier items, such as sleeping bags, etc.
facilities, which are free for Soldiers to use, are getting steady
use," Blixt said. "They are open 24-7, 365 days of the year,
which allows the Soldiers to use them when itís convenient and works
best with their training or work schedules. Itís a big
TISB has two-full time employees cleaning the facilities twice-a-day
ó once in the morning and again in the afternoon, he said.
of the new laundry facilities has two unisex restrooms, a waiting area
and is either built adjacent to a parking lot or has one included in
the construction project, according to Liane Haun, an inspection
supervisor with the McCoy Public Works Joint Venture.
laundry facilities also have vending machines to provide laundry soap
and other laundry products, as well as providing food/beverage
availability. All of the newer facilities also have air
conditioning/heating to provide comfort no matter the time of the
year, Haun said.
said a number of laundry facilities have recently been completed or
will be completed soon, are under way or are planned. The facilities
are funded with annual Maintenance and Repair funding, and several are
funded with special stimulus monies.
of the older laundry facilities also have been maintained and upgraded
to provide additional laundry opportunities to serve the troops in
high-use areas, Blixt said.