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News | Oct. 16, 2023

Hawaii team helps Pearl Harbor hotel

By Jake Joy DLA Disposition Services Public Affairs

The hospitality arm of Navy Exchange Command recently tapped Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam near Honolulu to develop an excess property disposal plan for more than 2,000 pieces of used Navy Lodge furniture and appliances like air conditioner units and mini fridges.

Disposal Support Representatives Abel Casteneda, Jeffrey Hallauer and Danielle Knoll worked with NEXCOM Supervisory Supplies Technician Stephanie Duensing to institute a three month, four-day-a-week standing appointment for DLA to receive the unneeded items from NEXCOM’s warehouse.  

Pearl Harbor Area Manager Mezekiel Sims said that NEXCOM initially held onto the inventory for possible reuse, but as they began receiving more furniture than expected and simultaneously needed to surrender some storage capacity, they reached out to Sims’ DLA team for help.

Former DSR Danielle Knoll, who conducted an initial site visit, arranged for Duensing to attend a property turn-in class, and provided personal instruction and guidance on how to fill out turn-in documents, said the DLA team’s communication and coordination with NEXCOM was top notch. Sims agreed.

“Our Hawaii personnel are outstanding,” said Sims. “They are quick to answer any customer questions and provide one-on-one training on property turn in and reuse processes, and they proactively schedule site visits to gives customer the best possible guidance. This team has done an amazing job going above and beyond to provide the best support and guidance to the warfighter.” 

The agency provides property disposal support to nearly 40 Navy Lodge facilities at installations across the globe and to an even more expansive network of Air Force Inns, Army Lodges and DOD transient housing providers. Field site specialists can help any DOD entity that has excess furniture or appliances with a convenient and efficient property disposal solution. As an environmentally responsible agency, DLA strives to keep usable property from entering the waste stream through military reuse, federal transfer, or donation to state governments, qualifying non-profits, and international humanitarian assistance agencies.