Coast Guard finds a bargain at Okinawa site

By Tim Hoyle DLA Disposition Services

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Coast Guard air operations in North Carolina are receiving almost a million dollars worth of support equipment after some teamwork with Defense Logistics Agency employees in Okinawa, Japan.

Logistics Chief Rocky Chavana at the DLA Disposition Services Okinawa site said once personnel at the Coast Guard base in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, saw the aircraft dehumidifier carts listed on the Reutilization, Transfer & Donation website page a requisition was made.

Because they have to pay for shipping items, Chavana said the Coast Guard sent a forward inspection team to visually inspect the carts.

“Upon inspection it was decided that 16 carts total would satisfy their requirement,” Chavana said, “so the RTD transaction was processed.”

The transaction is estimated to be a cost savings of $906,000 for the Coast Guard.  Chavana said four 40-foot cargo shipping containers were delivered to Okinawa for the shipment and additional teamwork by the site staff and the Coast Guard got the equipment loaded.

“After an operational assessment was conducted by management and staff, it was decided that we could offer assistance … to load and secure the RTD items to successfully complete the requisition,” Chavana said.

Three personnel from three different parts of the Okinawa staff loaded and secured the carts, and the shipping containers were returned to the shipping port in time to be loaded on the vessel.

“This venture was a great example of how we as a site can come together, regardless of our work sections, to assist the warfighter,” Chavana said.