Army logistics team builds special air pallets in support of troops in Bosnia (Feb. 27)


WASHINGTON (Army News Service) -- Defense Distribution Depot Tobyhanna found a way to expedite movement, reduce transportation costs and negate the need to double handle materiel.

The method stemmed from a need to avoid going through the Defense Distribution Depot Susquehanna, Pa., while supporting the troops in Bosnia.

Twenty-three 463L air pallets were built by DDTP. Each pallet contains 2,480 health and comfort packs for shipment to Germany via Dover Air Force Base, Del.

Normally, DDTP does not build 463L air pallets. This is done at the DDSP or Dover Air Force Base. DDTP personnel gained experience in building air pallets assisting the Air Force and during Operation Desert Storm. These pallets are specially designed to fit into military aircraft. They roll onto the aircraft's decks and are tied down easily.

After coordination with Dover Air Force Base and DDSP, DDTP Packaging Division and Transportation Division personnel demonstrated this capability by loading the pallets themselves, then shipping the air pallets directly to Dover, saving approximately $2,450 in transportation and handling costs.

Tobyhanna is the Department of Defense's largest facility for the maintenance and fabrication of communications-electronics systems and components. Depot personnel are responsible for hundreds of these systems, ranging from tactical field radios to the ground terminals for the entire DoD satellite communications network. Approximately 3,600 people work at the installation, which is located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania.

(From a Tobyhanna Army Depot Public Affairs news release.)