It’s out with the old gear, in with the new at OCIE reset

| April 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Spc. Jazz Burney
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — As Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, prepare for their next deployment, they exchanged outdated and unserviceable items for new equipment during the brigade’s organizational clothing and individual equipment reset, here, March 29.

The OCIE reset gets redeployed Soldiers outfitted with new gear for training or their next deployment. 

Spc. Arnaldo Suarez, a forward observer with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, opens his duffle bag at the Schofield Central Issue Facility and retrieves an out-of-date poncho liner. The OCIE field team, made up of Central Issue Facility employees, has a wealth of military knowledge when it comes to equipping Soldiers with the proper gear.

Team members include combat veterans, and Justin Boytim, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and a former tank platoon leader, is the OCIE reset field team leader. 

Boytim ensures that the exchange process flows smoothly. 

“We often find, that with most units we serve, it’s their first time going through a reset process and consequently there isn’t a flow,” Boytim said. 

“Schofield Barracks has already gone through this process and conveniently has a computer system that tracks all the clothing records for Soldiers and helps this process,” Boytim explained.

Upon arrival at the Schofield CIF, Soldiers are met by OCIE employees and begin the process of receiving their new military equipment. 

The OCIE team is seated behind a set of tables arranged in an assembly line. 

“Each battalion is allotted one day, plus a make-up day, to come into CIF to reset any equipment that was damaged, lost or unserviceable in order for them to be prepared for any upcoming training or deployments,” said 1st Lt. Joshua Klaehn, OCIE officer in charge, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd BCT.

Klaehn said the brigade leadership sends CIF a list of outdated and unserviceable equipment before the OCIE reset to expedite the process.

During a deployment, commonly used items include military sleeping bags, poncho liners, rucksacks and various carrying bags. These were the main items Soldiers traded in to receive the latest and most up-to-date gear.

“I received a new chin strap that I’ve needed forever because I had my old helmet held together by 550 cords,” said Spc. Daniel Hicks, an infantryman with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 27th Inf. Regt. 

“This process is useful because I have been trying to purchase this chin strap in other ways, but now have what I need and am able to fulfill my mission with the proper equipment,” Hicks said.

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