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Fort McCoy's MUIC serves as 
Soldiers' operation center

By Tom Michele, The Real McCoy Contributor

Fort McCoy’s Mobilization Unit In-Processing Center (MUIC) is where Soldiers coordinate their transportation, billeting, food service, Soldier Readiness Processing (SRP) schedule and issuance of individual and unit equipment needed while training at the installation and upon redeployment from theater.

Photo: The Mobilization Unit Inprocressing Center staff concentrates on a presentation during a meeting at the MUIC facility at Fort McCoy. (File Photo)
The Mobilization Unit Inprocressing Center staff concentrates on a presentation during a meeting at the MUIC facility at Fort McCoy. (File Photo)

The MUIC is busy as its staff hustles to arrange the many needs of mobilizing and demobilizing Soldiers.

"The bottom line is that we coordinate and synchronize the life-support issues of the Soldiers," Lt. Col. Robert Weisbrod, MUIC Chief, said. "The MUIC is the first place mob-demob units come. We are the initial nerve center of the McCoy mob-demob process."

Weisbrod said the MUIC’s responsibility is to, "Pull the various McCoy directorates, MEDDAC and DENTAC personnel together to coordinate the initial SRP and individual equipment issue schedules so that the units will hit the ground and focus on mission-specific training as soon as possible."

Those organizations include the Central Issue Facility, Transportation Motor Pool, Food Service, Logistics, Information Management, Billeting and the SRC.

"We provide a smooth flow for the units and Soldiers to transition to Fort McCoy for their mob and demob process, " Weisbrod said. "The MUIC serves as the installation’s operations center for mob-demob units at McCoy. We resolve any life-support and individual- readiness issues that may arise during their mob and demob process."

The MUIC is in operation 24-hours a day with personnel on duty to assist units and Soldiers with issues.

After the initial in-processing, the units and their Soldiers are handed off to the 181st Infantry Brigade, which is responsible for their training. During unit training, the MUIC continues to monitor individual personnel readiness and logistics readiness to ensure all Soldiers are deployable.

"We provide a smooth flow for the units and Soldiers to transition to Fort McCoy for their mob and demob process. The MUIC serves as the installation's operations center for mob-demob units ... "

Lt. Col. Robert Weisbrod,
MUIC Chief

Weisbrod said the MUIC also sends staff members to unit home stations a year or more prior to the unit actually reporting for mobilization duty, so preparations will be made and in place when the unit arrives at McCoy. That includes specific equipment a unit and a Soldier will need at McCoy as well as equipment they will get in theater.

"We conduct a mob assistance visit to the unit’s home station 60 to 90 days before the unit arrives, and some of the unit’s staff representatives visit McCoy prior to the unit’s arrival," Weisbrod said. "We are on the phone and e-mail, doing a lot of coordination and planning before the unit hits the ground."

T.J. Lisota, MUIC Training Lead for Mobilization Assistance Team Operations, said, "We coordinate mob and demob units’ needs for Military Occupational Specialty Qualification training and we get them to the schools needed to perform their mission. We build the Sync Matrix training schedule. We schedule the training ranges. We enter Soldier information into the Deployment and Reconstitution Tracking Software to keep track of deploying Soldiers’ performance for training."

Lisota also said, "We fulfill individual training needs if it hasn’t happened before the Soldier’s arrival at McCoy. We also use the Army Knowledge On-Line Web-based Army-wide tool for training mobilizing Soldiers."

Toby Hove, Assistant Supervisor of MUIC Operations, said, "Our preparation work is done prior to their arrival. We put that information into the computer so the mob process is simpler for the Soldier and unit. We also build and maintain unit folders that contain all schedules, documents, and correspondence which can be accessed by installation representatives who are working with the units. Our office concentrates on pre-mob training skills."

"We at the MUIC are a one-stop shop to bring all McCoy sections here for briefings and to also work with key personnel from the mobing units, like their first sergeant, supply people and advance party," Hove said. "We also work to get any information to a Soldier or unit that they need. We serve the Soldier and the unit in any way possible."

"We are the first people the Soldiers and units see when they come to McCoy and the last ones they see before they go off to war," Hove concluded.

Weisbrod detailed the MUIC’s mission statement as follows: "The Fort McCoy MUIC will provide operational control (to include command and control and coordinate administrative, logistical and training support) to mobilizing and demobilizing units in order for them to deploy prepared, trained and ready for their theater missions and allow units to expeditiously return to home station after mission completion.

(Michele is a public affairs specialist for Eagle Systems and Services Inc., contractor for CONUS Support Base Services.)


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