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Laundry facilities planned 
in all troop housing areas

By Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff

Soldiers 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.

Photo: 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)
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)

Dave 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.

"(Although) 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 convenience."

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.

Two of the washing machines are front-loading systems, which allow them to handle heavy-duty jobs.

Carl 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.

"The 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 quality-of-life issue."

The TISB has two-full time employees cleaning the facilities twice-a-day ó once in the morning and again in the afternoon, he said.

Each 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.

The 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.

Gundlach 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.

Several 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.

 

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