Armor & Mobility

SEP-OCT 2016

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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From there, we'll ship it off to the appropriate depot for them," he continued. DLA Disposition Services will also send teams to installations if necessary, but most stateside installations already have personnel and facilities for property turn-ins and disposal. The agency has already supported divestiture efforts for 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood Texas, and 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas. Initial planning for other units and installations is scheduled to take place through December, and multiple visits will be made to some installations to accommodate units' deployment and training schedules. Visits included Fort Bragg, NC, and Fort Irwin, CA, this past July. Equipment being turned in will range from common items like tools, tents and generators to entire fleets. All light tactical vehicles that aren't fully armored are being turned in, as well as some versions of the mine-resistant, armored-protective vehicle, Arnold said. "Due to the rapid nature of how we procured MRAPs to keep soldiers safe in combat, we ended up with several different versions from numerous manufacturers. By streamlining the fleet to particular models, the parts become standard and how the Army fixes them becomes routine," he added. Helping the service "clean the attic" gives DLA a unique opportunity to mentor future logisticians and improve soldiers' understanding of command supply discipline and maintenance. "Our disposition and distribution folks on the ground are training, mentoring and guiding troops through the process," Arnold said. "Rather than tell a sergeant he didn't fill the form out right, our guys are walking them through it so the property can be turned in." The process is just as much about changing a culture as the physical act of taking equipment off soldiers' hands, he added. Soldiers deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan became accustomed to having their equipment handed to them upon arrival in theater. That resulted in a "rental-car mentality" in which soldiers lost the art of logistics, Arnold said. Many are unfamiliar with forms required for property turn-ins and which items must be demilitarized. To help them, DLA created a "smart book" and a series of YouTube videos that outline proper forms and steps of preparing equipment for divestiture. "There's a whole generation of officers and noncommissioned officers that don't know the inherent responsibility in maintaining and keeping accountability of all these fleets of equipment," Arnold added. "One of our goals is to get that mindset back." OCTOBER 11-14, 2016 | WASHINGTON, D.C. REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! • Interactive exchanges with Sr. logistics leaders, industry and logistics operators • 700+ Military, government and industry attendees • Exhibitor & Sponsorship Opportunities (Contact Laurie Powell, L.I.V.E LEADERSHIP, INNOVATION, VELOCITY, EXCELLENCE COMPLIMENTARY SUBSCRIPTION | scan the code to sign up now! September/October 2016 | Armor & Mobility | 37 LOGISTICS CORNER: DLA

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