I MEF goes to consolidated facility
to issue 782 gear
Submitted by: MCB Camp Pendleton
Identification Number: 20024413476
Sgt. Matthew Shaw
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.(April 4,
2002) -- By the end of May, all supply sections from units under I
Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Base will downsize their gear
stocks as standard-issue combat gear comes under one roof to offer Marines
an experience similar to warehouse grocery shopping.
consolidated issue facility, Building 2230, a government-owned,
civilian-contracted supply point, will take over issuing, tracking,
maintaining and recovering individual combat clothing and equipment, also
known as 782 gear.
The consolidated issue facility is part of a
Corps-wide program aimed at saving time and money while providing quality
gear to Marines and sailors. The II MEF's CIF, in Camp Lejeune, N.C., has
been in operation for two years.
"We feel the Marine Corps can be
more efficient with the gear in one location, rather than dealing with 27
separate units," said Lt. Col. Joseph Bryant, contracting officer
representative for I MEF consolidated issue facility.
supply offices generally aren't capable of repairing damaged equipment.
It's expensive and time-consuming to mail gear for repair, Bryant said, so
many items are sent to the Defense Reutilization Management Office, where
they're either auctioned off, donated or discarded.
Now, some of
those items will be repaired here - with the prospect of sizable savings
to the Marine Corps.
In a 10-year contract with Lion-Vallen
Industries, based in Dayton, Ohio, CIFs launder and repair gear in-house.
Based on figures from Camp Lejeune, I MEF expects to save $371,000 in one
year by repairing rather than replacing gear. Additionally, MEF hopes to
save as much as $12,000 in cleaning costs.
The CIF is currently
operational for units who have turned in their gear.
the supermarket concept," Bryant said.
Upon entering the facility,
a Marine shows his identification card. Using a fully automated filing
system, a civilian clerk prints a receipt of items the Marine is
authorized to check out, based on command requirements.
Marine can use a shopping cart to gather gear from neatly sorted bins on
shelves. Once the Marine has chosen all his gear, he proceeds to the
checkout counter, where he signs an electronic pad and receives a printout
of his items.
When Marines return their gear, civilian employees
inspect the items and sort them based on their condition. Serviceable
items are cleaned and placed in storage bins. Unserviceable items are sent
to the rear of the building for further inspection and repair, if
While Building 2230 is the I MEF consolidated issuing
facility, four satellite branches are scheduled to open, including a Camp
Horno branch later this month. Others include Marine Air Ground Task Force
Training Command in Twentynine Palms by July, Marine Corps Air Station
Miramar by June 2003, and MCAS Yuma, Ariz., by August 2003.