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6S is a success!

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  • By Senior Airman Kristopher Levasseur
  • 43rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Base Realignment and Closure initiatives are in full swing here on Pope and one question that's been on many people's minds has been what to do with excess equipment and computers. Members of the 43rd Airlift Wing have found the solution.

For the past two weeks, the 43rd AW held a clean-up event to ease the transition to the post-BRAC end state. The 6S event was designed to assist units in reducing the amount of excess inventory they currently own and have in storage. The equipment was collected in Hangar 4 on Pope and offered to other Air Force units and all Army units on Fort Bragg for reuse.

"The event was very successful," said 2nd Lt. Luke Jechow, lead coordinator for the 6S event. "Base organizations were able to get rid of a lot of excess equipment and many of the Army units coming to Pope post-BRAC were able to pick up equipment for their new locations."

Throughout the event, more than 17,000 pounds of computer equipment and more than 60,000 pounds of other equipment were turned in.

"The remaining equipment in the hangar is being recycled, sent to the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office or thrown out," Lieutenant Jechow added.
With the help of volunteers, the equipment was brought to the hanger over a two week period, starting May 10.

"We spent most of the time helping organizations unload and weigh equipment," said Airman 1st Class Erin Sharkey, a volunteer from the 43rd Logistics Readiness Squadron.

The event's success can be attributed to a few improvements in scheduling, according to Col. Charles Dunn, 43rd Mission Support Group, Commander.

"This year we separated gathering the electronic equipment and furniture into two weeks," said Colonel Dunn. "There was a great effort by all - it was a big success."

The success of the 6S event brings Pope one step closer to the completion of required BRAC initiatives.