Depot, DLA target excess, dormant material for disposal
For years, military assets have moved in and out of Tobyhanna Army Depot at the direction of customers from every branch of the service.
Tobyhanna has partnered with DLA Distribution Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, a tenant organization here, since the early 1990s to receive, store and issue a wide range of military systems. Over time, materiel has accumulated in outside storage areas, resulting in rows of excess equipment and dormant stock taking up space that could be used to store new revenue-generating workload.
Members of a Lean team, representing the depot and DLA, conducted a rapid improvement event (RIE) and earmarked over 100 items for disposal — an effort that will clear more than 48,000 square feet of space [about the size of a football field].
Military systems are normally repaired and returned to the customer or placed in storage until needed to meet mission requirements.
“We’re pleased with the outcome of the event,” said Kimberly Appel, process improvement specialist, Productivity, Improvement, and Innovation Directorate. “We’ve got the support of the services buying in and getting rid of dormant stock.”
Within three years, the Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) has reduced stock stored here by nearly 40 percent, according to Bryant Anderson, CECOM Field Office chief.
“This was a long overdue event,” Anderson said. “Accurate property accountability records are vitally important in order to make appropriate disposition decisions.”
He explained that some of the assets targeted by the team were not on record, which made it more difficult to determine disposition.
Item managers direct the disposition of materiel by submitting a disposal requisition, which DLA Distribution Tobyhanna and DLA Disposition will execute upon receipt. Tobyhanna manages special handling requirements, i.e. hazardous materiel and demilitarization (DEMIL) efforts. All funding is provided by the customer, according to Appel.
Officials here have provided written requests for disposition instructions, along with photographs showing the condition of the assets, to individual item managers. Included in the correspondence is a report listing projected storage costs for the next 10 years, estimated costs of disposal, plus the amount of money already spent on storage fees.
“We’re hoping the customers will agree with what we’re trying to accomplish,” said Arlene Scutt, distribution facility specialist for warehousing for DLA. She noted that the assets identified for disposal are considered major end items — shelters, humvees, vans and cargo trailers.
The goal of the RIE was to reduce dormant stock and assets found on the installation by 25 percent. The team identified assets for disposal, resulting in a cost avoidance of $255,509.
“CECOM and DLA Disposition were immediately able to dispose of 7,699 square feet during the Lean event,” Appel said.
Supply condition codes are used to classify materiel in terms of readiness for issue and use, or to identify actions underway to change the status of materiel. When materiel is determined to be in excess of approved stock levels or no longer serviceable, supply condition codes A through H and S are used to reflect materiel condition prior to turn-in to DLA Disposition.
In addition, DEMIL codes are assigned to an item by the item manager when all military presence or function needs be removed from a system.
“It was great to see the partnership of the two agencies working hard to provide better support to the warfighter,” said Keith Weinschenk, lead process improvement specialist. “Problems were identified as a team and solved as a team.”
Page Last Updated 01-Jul-2013