|(Editor’s note: “SPOTLIGHT” is a continuing series
about tenant activities and missions at Fort McCoy.)
What is it?
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Disposition Services administers the
reuse, transfer, donation, sale and disposal of surplus Department of
Defense (DoD) property.
Rolling stock (wheeled vehicles
and equipment) turned in to the Defense Logistics Agency
Disposition Services Field Office Sparta, located at Fort McCoy,
is kept in a staging area. This property either will be disposed
of through reutilization, transfer, donation or sale.
(Photo by Geneve N. Mankel)
The DLA Disposition Services Field Office Sparta, located at Fort
McCoy, is one of 36 field offices within the DLA Disposition
Services Mid America Region. The 145 field offices located worldwide
are managed by the DLA Disposition Services Headquarters at Battle
Creek, Mich. DLA Disposition Services is one of several activities
that are a function of the DLA, a DoD organization.
The DLA Disposition Services Field Office Sparta has an area of
responsibility that includes Wisconsin, portions of Minnesota,
Illinois, Iowa and Michigan and includes all military services
(Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, and National Guard).
The DLA Disposition Services Field Office Sparta has been at Fort
McCoy for more than 50 years. It formerly was known as the Property
Disposal Office and operated under Military Services, and then as
the Defense Reutilization and Marking Offices operating under the
Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service.
What have they done?
The DLA Disposition Services Field Office Sparta is a cross-dock
field office. Rather than having property stored at Fort McCoy,
disposal service representatives travel to military locations within
their area of responsibility, review the excess government property
for turn-in, and assist in shipping the items to property locations
called HUB sites. Property also can be processed as
“receipt-in-place,” meaning property is kept at the originating
military facility. Many DLA Disposition Services sites encourage and
process receipt-in-place property because it assist the units and
helps save money by reducing the number of times a piece of property
is moved throughout the disposal process.
In some cases property, such as rolling stock (wheeled vehicles and
equipment) is unloaded at Fort McCoy. These items, due to size,
weight and involved transportation costs, remain at Fort McCoy until
Property turned in to DLA Disposition Services is disposed of
through reutilization to military organizations; transfer to federal
agencies; donation to state, local and other qualifying
organizations; or sold to the general public.
If property is not first reutilized, transferred or donated, DLA
Disposition Services will process non-militarized items to be sold
to the general public via the Government Liquidation/Liquidity
Services website at
www.govliquidation.com. DLA Disposition Services will
demilitarize certain military property prior to sale.
DLA Disposition Services, also sells a variety of scrap material
that has no resale value, such as light and heavy metals, tires and
canvases. Scrap property is put out for bids through Government
Liquidations/Liquidity Services and sold by the pound to recycler
operations. This maximizes the rate of return back to the government
and minimizes the environmental risks and the costs associated with
What do they have planned?
DLA Disposition Services Field Office Sparta will maintain
operations and continue to accomplish its first and overall mission
of “supporting the Warfighter and protecting the public by providing
worldwide disposal-management solutions.”
Why are they important?
DLA Disposition Services helps local economies by providing local
and state government agencies with equipment and supplies.
These agencies receive surplus military equipment at no charge other
than shipping costs. This results in significant savings of tax
dollars. For example the DLA Disposition Field Office Sparta has
allocated a fire truck to the Nebraska Forest Service. Other
organizations that recently have received property include the
Juneau County and Mauston sheriff’s departments; the State Agency of
Surplus Property programs for Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois; and
the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
DLA Disposition Services is a self-sufficient organization. The
funds generated by the agency are used to keep the agency in
operation. This is another way the organization saves tax-payer
For more information about the DLA Disposition Services Field Office
Sparta, building 2184, call 608-388-3719 or visit the website