Support goes on as Army divestiture continues

By Tim Hoyle DLA Disposition Services

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Defense Logistics Agency employees at Ft. Hood, Texas, demonstrated the Agency’s ongoing support for Army divestiture for two of the service’s senior logistics personnel recently.

The Aug. 2 visit allowed Peter Bechtel and Col. Chris Mohan from the Army’s office of Supply Policy and Programs to observe DLA in action. According to Joe Arnold, DLA Disposition Services’ Mid-America regional director, Bechtel said DLA Disposition Services and Distribution personnel were playing a huge and critical part in the Army's ability to turn in property and receive immediate relief of accountability.

“Bechtel indicated our process will be captured in the impending Frago III,” Arnold said. He then explained that a fragmentary order, or "FRAGO," is a change to an operations order that does not require a wholesale change and determines timely changes to an already existing order. Arnold stressed that the important point is that a fragmentary  order is issued based on the basic operations order and is not a “stand alone” directive.

“Bechtel concluded by thanking all on site for a job well done and asked that our lessons learned be share across the enterprise,” Arnold said.

Arnold also reported that Ft. Hood numbers picked up during the week of Aug. 1 as 6 light-medium tactical vehicle loads of property were received.

“The team continues to work well with the Army to come up with more efficient ways to service the customers,” Arnold said.

 Army officials are depending on the Defense Logistics Agency’s disposal and distribution experts to help remove more than 1.2 million pieces of excess equipment from unit inventories in the next two to three years.

The effort, known as “All Army Divestiture,” is expected to free soldiers from costly, time-consuming maintenance on unneeded items as the service reduces its force structure.