By Ryan Mattox, Mission and Installation Contracting Command Public Affairs OfficeSeptember 28, 2018
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Sept. 28, 2018) -- The Mission and Installation Contracting Command Installations and Logistics officials are turning in 25 of the command's excess computers valued at more than $13,000 to a Defense Logistics Agency program to schools and educational nonprofit organizations needing computers.
The DLA's Computers for Learning program makes modern computer technology an integral part of every classroom by being the focal point for government agencies like the MICC to donate excess computers.
The program uses computers and other technological equipment to ensure every child has the opportunity to be educated to his or her full potential, allowing students to connect to the Internet and integrate technology into the classroom and provides teachers with useful equipment for educating the nation's youth. Computers the agency receives are provided free of charge; however, schools pay shipping, transportation and refurbishing costs.
"This program is gold for those organizations with very limited budgets and in need of good quality computers," said Rick Newman, a logistics management specialist for the MICC. "This is a great opportunity for the command to put its excess equipment to good use by giving good quality serviceable technology to communities or agencies in need. Otherwise this equipment would have been destroyed."
Newman said the program is good for the government and taxpayers by providing beneficial reuse of government computers and other related equipment. It allows agencies like the MICC to give back to the community and maximizes taxpayers' investment in federal computer equipment.
The idea came from the MICC leadership's desire to become better stewards of taxpayer dollars and provide support to its neighbors in the local community.
"This program helps the MICC save taxpayer dollars and be a better neighbor in our communities by promoting the reuse of our excess computers and peripheral devices and encourages continued use of the computers we turn-in, which is a better solution than just dismantling them and throwing them away," Newman said. "We will continue to look for more opportunities for the command to participate in the future."
About the MICC:
Headquartered at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the Mission and Installation Contracting Command consists of about 1,500 military and civilian members who are responsible for contracting goods and services in support of Soldiers as well as readying trained contracting units for the operating force and contingency environment when called upon. The command is made up of two contracting support brigades, two field directorates, 30 contracting offices and nine battalions. MICC contracts are vital in feeding more than 200,000 Soldiers every day, providing many daily base operations support services at installations, preparing more than 100,000 conventional force members annually, training more than 500,000 students each year, and maintaining more than 14.4 million acres of land and 170,000 structures.