In an effort to save time and money, the National Guard is now using the frozen food chain to sell supplies, equipment and supplies.
The Army also is looking to buy surplus items.
“It’s definitely a little more convenient to have these items in our warehouses and it also saves us some money on food and equipment,” said Army Col. David Smith, who heads the Army Supply Management Center at Fort Bliss, Texas.
“In a lot of the situations we deal with, if we can have them in a warehouse and not have to get them in trucks to the depot or put them in vans or whatever, that saves us money on equipment.”
“We have a huge surplus of surplus equipment, especially weapons and munitions and equipment and I think it’s something that’s always going to be useful,” Smith added.
The Army has purchased a refrigeration system to move supplies around the supply depot.
The equipment, which can hold up to 15,000 pounds, can be shipped to the supply base on foot or by a private vehicle.
The depot will be open six days a week to allow workers to rest and get ready.
“We’re going to make sure that we’re taking advantage of that space,” Smith said.