News | Jan. 15, 2021

DLA Disposition Services site increases ability to support customers with new equipment and training

By Jeff Landenberger

The Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services uses a wide variety of material handling equipment to load and off-load trucks every day in support of warfighters.

Having people trained on the MHEs is vital not only to complete the mission but to ensure it is done in a safe manner. Without trained operators, equipment sits idle; tasks go undone.

A larger Rough Terrain Container Handler stacks a shipping container on the third level of a stack of other shipping containers in a training exercise.
A person undergoes training on a Rough Terrain Container Handler at DLA Disposition Services site at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington. The RTCH is a new addition to the site.
A larger Rough Terrain Container Handler stacks a shipping container on the third level of a stack of other shipping containers in a training exercise.
Rough Terrain Container Handler
A person undergoes training on a Rough Terrain Container Handler at DLA Disposition Services site at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington. The RTCH is a new addition to the site.
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When the DLA Disposition Services site at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington, received a new Rough Terrain Container Handler, Brian Davidson, a member of the Expeditionary Site Support Team from DLA Disposition Services at Battle Creek, Michigan, was tasked to go to the site and conduct training.

“No one there was trained on it and we are the trainers,” Davidson said noting that the training was vital to carry on with the mission.

After 40 hours of training Davidson said his four students were ready to safely operate the RTCH. He added that with if they now can load and unload shipping containers from 20 to 40 foot and lift a maximum of 56,000 lbs. 

“This piece of equipment gives the site a new capability to support our customers,” Area Manager Robert Burrell.