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August 20, 2018
 

DLA saves money, resources

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Airman 1st Class Michael X. Beyer
Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.

Nicholas Roanhorse, DLA materials identifier and classifier, sorts and inventories recycled computer monitors at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 9, 2018. Materials classifiers are tasked with processing thousands of pounds of unused and recycled military equipment a week so it can be resold or properly destroyed.

Whether it’s thousands of pounds of spent ammunition, unused office equipment or retired aircraft, DLA Disposition Services is there to help. By ensuring equipment is reused, resold or properly disposed of, DLA saves the Air Force time and money.

DLA, part of the Defense Logistics Agency has an extensive mission that includes inventorying a wide variety of old or unused Air Force equipment and finding a proper use for it. If an item can’t be reused or resold such as hazardous materials or contaminants, DLA sees to the proper disposal.

“Our main mission is to support the war fighter,” said Phillip Coward, DLA property disposal specialist. “We’re the end of the supply chain, so anything that the military services don’t want any more comes to us for disposal.”

One of the primary goals of DLA is reuse and revitalization. This results in less waste and greater use of taxpayer dollars.

“When we process property that can go out into the general public and is sold, all that money goes back into military funds so the military can purchase new items,” said Coward.

Danny Morris, DLA materials identifier and classifier, inventories materials at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 9, 2018. Materials classifiers are tasked with processing thousands of pounds of unused and recycled military equipment a week so it can be resold or properly destroyed.

In addition to saving taxpayers money, DLA also seeks to give back to local communities.

“We have items such as specialty learning computers as well as musical instruments that can be purchased by schools at no cost to the students,” Coward said.

In addition to schools, DLA gives back to state and local civilian law enforcement agencies by selling them a wide variety of surplus equipment such as vehicles, firearms and battle dress uniforms.

With a dedicated mission of community support and environmental responsibility through recycling and reuse that reduces government spending, DLA proves to be an invaluable asset to the Air Force.




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