The Army Field Support Battalion-Bragg organized a rapid felding initiative issue on Fort Bragg from Feb. 11 through March 1.  Over a period of three weeks, a TACOM Lifecycle Management Command RFI team issued new equipment to Soldiers of 82rd Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team, as well as to Soldiers from 83rd Civil Affairs Battalion, 16th Military Police Brigade, 44th Medical Brigade, and United States Army Special Operations Command.

The RFI concept was developed at the beginning of the Global War on Terrorism and was administered by the Army’s Program Executive Office-Soldier.  The RFI program identifies and rapidly provides deploying units state-of-the art equipment required in-theater, so that the unit does not need to purchase these items.  The RFI equipment is in addition to a Soldier’s organizational clothing and individual equipment, and includes items such as Operation Enduring Freedom camouflage pattern uniforms, boots, and the newest generation of improved outer tactical vest.

The TACOM RFI team traveled to Fort Bragg and set up an issue area at the former heavy drop rigging site.  They were augmented by Soldiers from the units that drew RFI, as well as materiel handling equipment and operators from the Fort Bragg Directorate of Logistics.  The team issued over 137,500 pieces of equipment, worth over $4 million. The next RFI issue at Fort Bragg is planned for October.