Ft. Dix provided the unit with more individual equipment as we visited the base's Central Issue Facility (CIF) on Oct. 27. The experience was not as good as last time. I still think that the Rapid Fielding Initiative (a direct competitor) does a better overall job of issuing equipment to soldiers.
When we reached the CIF, Alpha Bay Quality Control employee Eddie Meadows met us outside and issued a brief on policies and procedures, one of which was that the unit had to show its motivation as we entered the building. Meadows had us recite the company motto, which as usual was a a hodgepodge of unintelligible syllables, shouted at the top of 50 soldier's voices.
Meadows continued to provide entertainment by getting Alpha company to sing 'America the Beautiful'. That was so unexpected that I couldn't my camera out in time to film the event. Once we finished singing, Meadows greeted us, shaking each of our hands, looking us in the eye and saying, 'Thank You for your service and welcome to Ft. Dix'. We then proceeded down a long line picking up more boots and other clothing items.
As an aviation unit, we require special, fire retardant uniforms. CIF was doing well until we got to the point where we needed to pick up the flight suits. The facility was out of certain sizes. If it weren't for Meadows' greetings, I am sure rating of CIF would been "less than helpful."
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