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NEWS | March 9, 2018

Cold Steel II: Fort McCoy CIF

By Scott Sturkol Fort McCoy Public Affairs

Soldiers at Fort McCoy, Wis., here for training at Operation Cold Steel II, were issued training and cold-weather equipment at the Logistics Readiness Center Central Issue Facility (CIF) beginning Feb. 27, 2018.

Since 2011, the Fort McCoy CIF has been issuing U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers their entire Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment needs.

During fiscal year 2017, the CIF issued more than 387,000 pieces of equipment, worth more than $33 million, to thousands of troops who trained at Fort McCoy.

Operation Cold Steel II is the U.S. Army Reserve’s crew-served weapons qualification and validation exercise to ensure America’s Army Reserve units and Soldiers are trained and ready to deploy on short notice as part of Ready Force X.

Fort McCoy has supported America’s armed forces since 1909. The installation’s motto is to be the “Total Force Training Center.” The post’s varied terrain, state-of-the-art ranges, new as well as renovated facilities, and extensive support infrastructure combine to provide military personnel with an environment in which to develop and sustain the skills necessary for mission success.

Today, Fort McCoy has become the Army’s premier Total Force Training Center for Army Early Response Force early deployers to meet the Army’s operational demand requirements. Learn more about Fort McCoy online at, on Facebook by searching “ftmccoy,” and on Twitter by searching “usagmccoy.”