News | Oct. 11, 2021

Japan property disposal saves Navy $

By Jake Joy DLA Disposition Services Public Affairs

A rusted out trailer holding a mobile small arms firing range in Yokosuka, Japan.
A rusted out trailer holding a mobile small arms firing range in Yokosuka, Japan, was demilitarized and destroyed in 2021 through a local scrap contract overseen and coordinated by DLA Disposition Services.
A rusted out trailer holding a mobile small arms firing range in Yokosuka, Japan.
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A rusted out trailer holding a mobile small arms firing range in Yokosuka, Japan, was demilitarized and destroyed in 2021 through a local scrap contract overseen and coordinated by DLA Disposition Services.
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VIRIN: 210322-D-D0441-4322
Good working relations between the U.S. Navy and Defense Logistics Agency property disposal specialists in Japan recently saved the service at least $75,000 earmarked for equipment disposition.

In 2020, the security office for Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, needed to rid itself of deteriorating sky watch towers and a mobile small arms firing range that had been unusable for over a decade at the Navy’s forward base in southern Tokyo Bay.

Initial attempts to rid themselves of the large items through various on-base support offices proved cost prohibitive, with work order quotes coming in as high as $200,000, stalling the effort. In March, CFAY’s assistant security officer reached out to the base financial officer for advice on possible alternatives. 

The interior of a mobile small arms firing range.
The interior of a mobile small arms firing range demilitarized and destroyed by DLA in Japan. The effort was part of a larger support response that saved the Yokosuka installation command at least $75,000.
The interior of a mobile small arms firing range.
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The interior of a mobile small arms firing range demilitarized and destroyed by DLA in Japan. The effort was part of a larger support response that saved the Yokosuka installation command at least $75,000.
Photo By: Courtesy photo
VIRIN: 210322-D-D0441-4323

“Because of the relationship created between DLA Disposition Services and the installation financial officer … they were able to advise CFAY security on our forward collection disposal programs,” said DLA Disposition Services Sagami Operations Branch Chief Mc Keisha Inniss.

Luckily for the CFAY security team, DLA’s property disposal customer outreach efforts had provided installation leaders enough familiarity to make a support request simple. Just one email to Mainland Japan Area Manager Peter Parker, and DLA’s property disposal crew immediately tackled the effort. The scrap team and local commercial scrap contractor made quick work of demilitarizing the mobile range on site, and nearby Naval Air Station Atsugi subsequently reached out for disposal of its own mobile unit, Inniss said.

Disposal Support Representatives regularly reach forward to installations where DLA Disposition Services does not maintain a full-time presence to ensure warfighters in remote locales receive the same level of assistance as those co-located at bases with full-service property disposal sites.