News: Heavy Lifting: Moving and disposing of TCM cargo
Story by Senior Airman Ross Whitley
MANAS, Kyrgyzstan - The Transit Center at Manas is moving quickly toward this summer’s closure. Which means a lot of buildings, equipment, cargo and vehicles, need to be cleared out.
The base is dealing with that materiel in four different ways: shipping it by air or by land, recycling it or handing it over to our Kyrgyz partners as Foreign Excess Real and Personal Property.
Equipment that is shipped by air goes through Staff Sgt. Daniel Quickel, the 376th Expeditionary Logistics Squadron’s NCOIC of packing and crating, and the rest of his team. The Transportation Management Office works day and night to move all types of equipment and cargo.
“Transportation Management Office is a 24-hour ops … we get a massive amount of customers because everybody wants to move their stuff,” Quickel said. “So if there are things we cannot accomplish during the day, our night shift will pick it up.”
Not all cargo and equipment will move by air. Materiel traveling by land will move by truck across the Northern Distribution Network.
“So what we’ve done is built a list, a disposition list that allowed anybody in the United States Military to request stuff we had,” Millard said. “What is beneficial for the Kyrgyz is we are able to leave some excess personal property here for them as well. But, we have to comply with all us laws and we’ve been doing that accordingly. At the very end, we are going to be able to leave some of the real property and personal property behind”
Some equipment has too much military importance to leave behind but isn’t worth the cost to ship.
According to Mr. Albert Sutton, a Defense Logistics Agency Disposal Specialist, the units that own equipment make a cost benefit analysis to determine if they want to send equipment back home or turn it over to DLA Disposition Services for disposal. If it is not cost effective to ship certain vehicles out of Kyrgyzstan, those vehicles have to be cut up, a process designated as demilitarization, and recycled as scrap. The debris is then moved to a local certified recycling facility.
Speaking about a specific vehicle, Sutton said that, in the end, the owners “realized that it’s not cost effective to ship this [Humvee] that was probably made in the late 2000’s all the way back, to Germany or Kuwait or Arifjan.”
The Kyrgyz parliament voted to terminate the Transit Center at Manas lease by July 11, 2014.