Issue facility keeps troops geared up

By Pfc. Leah R. Burton
28th Public Affairs Detachment

LOGISTICS SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Balad, Iraq — With service members and civilians running combat missions round the clock, mission essential gear tends to wear out and get lost or damaged quickly and easily. The LSA Anaconda Central Issue Facility keeps all the U.S. military services, some civilian groups and allied forces supplied with serviceable equipment. The CIF staff supports 854 units, 188 within LSA Anaconda and 666 at other installations throughout theater.

"We facilitate [direct exchanges], turn-ins and issues for just about all of Iraq," said Glenn Lee, KBR's CIF manager.

The 14 KBR and 27 Prime Projects International employees process the issue and turn-ins of such gear as desert camouflage uniforms, desert boots, common table of allowances-50 (Army issued individual equipment), flight suits and jackets, boonie caps, patrol caps, sleeping bags and a host of other items too numerous to name.

"Because of CIF, Soldiers can maintain their equipment to [Department of the Army] standards," said Staff Sgt. Bienvenido Celestino, 13th Corps Support Command's CIF liaison NCO.

Although civilian contractors run the day-to day workings of the facility, Army personnel oversee those operations.

In order to receive the items that stock the shelves of the facility, Lee puts in requisitions to an Army liaison, who then orders the inventory through the Standard Army Retail Supply System.

"We can't do anything without the support of the military. I get tremendous support from the 13th COSCOM," Lee said.

Units that need to DX equipment, whether it is lost, damaged or the wrong size, will need to establish an account with CIF. Providing a customer service representative with assumption of command orders and a Department of the Army form 1687, delegation of authority, both signed by the unit commander, accomplishes this.

After service members establish a unit account, they will need a memorandum from their commander describing the items to be DX'ed. The staff will not accept gear that is dirty or contaminated with blood or fuel. Service members should seek their commander's guidance concerning the disposal of contaminated articles.

The staff conducts initial issues in a similar fashion, the only exception being that the service member needs a memorandum stating the reason for the initial issue.

"We're here for the Soldiers. Just about every Soldier is going to have to come in here, sooner or later," Lee said.

If items are not in stock when Soldiers need them, the customer service representatives take their paperwork, keep it on file and notify them via e-mail when the items come in.

The estimated shipping time on CIF inventory items is about 36 days.

Because this facility is one of two in the whole theater, service members from other installations often come in to DX or acquire initial issue items. These service members can e-mail their requests and convoy to pick up their gear. The CIF staff also transports bulk issues to the airfield, so that units can fly in for pick up.

The facility works on a first-come, first-served basis and is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but there is always a crew there for emergencies.

Emergencies constitute anything from tent fires or firefights where personal equipment is lost or damaged. In these cases, service members can come in at all hours of the day or night and replenish their lost supply. The CIF building is at 4058 Kostka Lane, off Pennsylvania Avenue. Call 558-2744, for more information or e-mail cif.anaconda1@us.army.mil.

Editors Note: Pfc. Burton is a member of the 28th Public Affairs Detachment from Fort Lewis, Wash. She is currently deployed to Iraq in support of the 13th Corps Support Command at LSA Anaconda.

 

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(LOGISTICS SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Balad, Iraq) - Pfc. Belinda Villa Barraza, 369th Transportation Company, completes a bulk exchange of desert camouflage uniforms, with the assistance of customer service representative, Eduardo Bartolay Aug. 28.

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(LOGISTICS SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Balad, Iraq) - Rudy Manalac and Ricky Ammons, customer service representatives at the LSA Anaconda Central Issue Facility conduct inventory accountability of boots.