Military computers go to school

By Jeff Landenberger Disposition Services

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Computers once used by the U.S. military are now in the hands of Georgia middle and high school students thanks to a program administered by DLA Disposition Services.

Irwin County Schools in Georgia has received 45 computers through Computers For Learning. The computers were first turned over to DLA Disposition Services at Warner Robins from Moody Air Force Base personnel.

The program allows DLA to pass on excess computers no longer needed by the military to school districts for use by their students. 

Jose Perez, a disposal specialist at Warner Robins, helped the transfer take place.

“Any time cutting-edge technology in serviceable condition can be legitimately transferred to an educational institution is a win,” Perez said. “The schools get computers at no cost and DLA avoids any associated costs with additional required disposal actions.”

Katie Carr from Moody Air Force Base and Tommy Gentry of the Irwin school district did the legwork, ensuring that all the paperwork was completed. They even loaded the computers for the move to the school.

“These computers are important to our school because we are a rural, small school without much money and we use these every day,” Gentry said. “We have three labs with at least 28 computers in them and they get used every single day. Thank you for allowing us to get the computers.”

The school estimated the program and the DLA Disposition Services team at Warner Robins saved them $15,000.