Fort McCoy News September 25, 2015

Central Issue Facility moves into new building

STORY & PHOTOS BY SCOTT T. STURKOL
Public Affairs Staff

The Logistics Readiness Center's Central Issue Facility (CIF) officially opened for business Sept. 14 in a new facility, building 780.
CIF personnel moved inventory from its previous location in building 2142 to the new 65,000-square-foot building in early September.

CIF Property Book Officer Thomas Lovgren said the idea for the new facility began in 2006 when the mobilization mission was in full swing at the installation. "Completing this facility has been a long time coming," he said.


An exterior view of building 780, the new 65,000-square-foot Central Issue Facility.


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Warehouse Specialist Ed Perz uses a forklift to move inventory in the Central Issue Facility warehouse.

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, KEPA-TCI (Architects, Engineers, Contractor of La Crosse) Joint Venture LLC was awarded the $9.3 million contract to build the new CIF in June 2013. CIF personnel signed for the new building in August.
Lovgren said the storage capability in building 780 is "incredible."

"This has to be one of the best facilities in the Army," Lovgren said. "It provides us with ample space to better serve our customers. We can now go vertical with our storage too. With 25-foot-high storage racks that go up five levels, we have an exceptional amount of space to store all the different types of issue items we have in stock."

Overall, the warehouse has approximately 46,000 square feet of storage. Within that area is a humidity-controlled room specifically designed for the storage of individual-issue armor for Soldiers.

"As far as I know, we are the only CIF to have an area like this that is dedicated to storing armor in a humidity-controlled space," Lovgren said. "This will help increase the life and use of the equipment."

CIF customers now have more space to process through and receive equipment. Two waiting areas near the entry and exit areas and a streamlined setup create a smooth flow for CIF operations, Lovgren said.

Since 2011, the CIF has been issuing to Reserve Soldiers their entire Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment (OCIE) needs. OCIE consists of cold-weather boots, helmets, body armor with plates, duffle bags, pack systems, and all other items authorized by the Army.

"Our new facility makes the issuing process a much-better experience for Soldiers as they visit here to receive their equipment, especially at busy times," said Lovgren, who noted the CIF issued more than 130,000 pieces of equipment, worth more than $13 million, to thousands of troops who trained at Fort McCoy during three major exercises in 2015.

Building 780 construction incorporated some state-of-the-art systems. For example, energy-efficient in-floor heating is installed in the warehouse, and a new intercom system, break room, conference room, and offices are available for employees.

"We also have more restrooms and changing rooms available for customers, and our staff has upgraded computer systems, which helps improve operations as well," Lovgren said.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new CIF is planned for later this fall. For more information about CIF operations, call 608-388-3876.