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Scrap Yard Dogs of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Disposition Services (DS) – Afghanistan Expeditionary Disposal Remediation Teams (EDRTs).
Some folks say that you cannot teach an old dog a new trick, but they have never met the Scrap Yard Dogs of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Disposition Services (DS) – Afghanistan Expeditionary Disposal Remediation Teams (EDRTs).
With the opening of the “EDRT University” at DLA DS Bagram Yard, training of EDRTs has reached a new level of consistency and professionalism, leveraging the experience of onsite Disposition Services Representatives (DSRs) and previously deployed EDRTS in ways never before contemplated.
“This is truly a game changer for Disposition Services in Afghanistan, taking the corporate knowledge of recognized Disposition Experts like our Area Manager, Vickie Rodgers and Bagram Site Chief Don Phillips, and blending that expertise with our ‘professor,’ LSCS Maisa Mallore’s teaching skills – you have a real recipe for success,” explained Cmdr. Jack May, Officer in Charge of Disposition Services in Afghanistan. “This is joint excellence at its best.”
Starting with classroom knowledge, and following up with hands-on training from DSRs, takes more than a week. Written examinations are cross-pollinated with a practical exercise graded by disposition experts. Lt. j.g. Kurt Daubs, detachment Officer in Charge for DS Bagram, said, “Our students are given a literal ‘pile of junk’ to identify and segregate demilitarization required property from scrap, garbage and junk material,” he explained. “Being at the DS Yard in Bagram gives us the volume and variety of property to expose our teams prior to departure to field work. Each new EDRT will train with an experienced joint team member on real missions across the Afghanistan AOR until they are recognized as ready to go.”
“The last thing we want is a controlled piece of equipment getting into the enemy’s hands and hurting our troops,” Lt. j.g. Daubs added. “We clear the battle space, and this helps units restore accountability, letting them rotate home on time. It is a good feeling to successfully complete a mission to a Forward Operating Base, and this training makes it possible. We also train to conduct sales of scrap through our network of vendors, returning funds back to our national treasury.”
EDRT University is providing training to Department of Defense members, and giving them a new skill … metal cutting with Petrogen torch technology. “Any time we can remove demilitarization required property from a forward location is a win for Disposition Services Afghanistan,” Cmdr. May explained. “We keep Army logistics vehicles off the road and their escorting gun trucks, saving lives in the process.”
“Another benefit is the reduced cost of transportation across Afghan roads – each truckload that goes out the gate with a scrap vendor vice an Army truck saves about $3,000 in transportation cost to a major DS yard,” he added. Cmdr. May said that the EDRTs and DSRs have kept more than 200 cargo trucks and 40 gun trucks off the road in the October 2012 to January 2013 time period, and they cannot accomplish this without the assistance of Disposition Services professionals on the ground.
“Our team is stepping up to the plate every day and we are knocking the ball out of the park,” Cmdr. May emphasized.
By Lt. j.g. Kurt Daubs, SC, USN
DLA Disposition Services, Afghanistan