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March 23, 2012

Spotlight

Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services Field Office Sparta

(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.
PHOTO: Rolling stock turned in to the DLA Disposition Services at Fort McCoy is kept in a staging area. Photo by Geneve N. Mankel
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 final disposition.

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 disposal.

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 funds.

Resources:
For more information about the DLA Disposition Services Field Office Sparta, building 2184, call 608-388-3719 or visit the website http://www.dispositionservices.dla.mil/.

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