By Tim Cherry, Belvoir EagleJanuary 9, 2012
FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Jan. 9, 2012) -- Belvoir will soon experience a significant reduction in its General Service Administration vehicle fleet in the upcoming months.
The United States Army Installation Management Command has instructed Garrisons worldwide to reassess their transportation needs and decrease their non-tactical inventory by 46 percent by the end of the 2012 fiscal year.
Claude McMullen, Directorate of Logistics at Belvoir, said about 200 Belvoir vehicles will be reviewed during this process.
The garrison will reduce its inventory in a phased manner, relinquishing vehicles slowly and determining how each decrease impacts the installation's operational efficiency, McMullen said.
"It can impact mission which is what we're trying to avoid," McMullen said. "We're trying to do it in a sensible manner that's still cost-effective and ensures that we're using the resources that we're given effectively."
The reduction is expected to help IMCOM cut its logistics funding by $348 million in the 184 Army installations it oversees.
Reducing the non-tactical fleet worldwide is expected to save about $75.5 million.
The vehicles being assessed consist of all GSA leased sedans, station wagons, vans and buses used by the installation's activities to transport personnel to meetings and other various mission related obligations.
Most of these vehicles travel less than 10,000 miles per year, a requirement set forth by the Army and the General Service Administration, the organization that leases the vehicles.
McMullen attributes the short distance customers typically travel to the relatively small size of Fort Belvoir's main area. However because of mission requirements, some number of vehicles must be retained regardless of the lack of sufficient miles per year they are driven.
"If a commander or director determines there is a need to keep some of the vehicles, then he will have to justify that," McMullen said.
A significant reduction to the GSA fleet is inevitable, however, and was planned for by the garrison prior to the IMCOM order, McMullen said.
The installation had bolstered its inventory to support the influx of tenants from the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Act.
With BRAC completed, Belvoir has been assessing all of its leased vehicles and have begun to relinquish some.
"Had they not mandated this we still would have been getting rid of vehicles," McMullen said.
A reduction in the garrison's fleet means more competition for the remaining vehicles.
McMullen suggests organizations and other customers submit their requests well in advance.