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News | Aug. 22, 2019

Plant Clearance Group attends global symposium

By DCMA Public Affairs

The Business Operations Center’s Plant Clearance Group attended the 22nd Global Demilitarization Symposium held here May 6 – 9.

The Defense Contract Management Agency employees who attended included Luke Wayne, the director of the Plant Clearance Group who works at DCMA Orlando, Florida; Georgia Armstrong, a plant clearance officer at Royal Air Force Alconbury, United Kingdom; Michael Kicielinski, a plant clearance officer at DCMA St. Louis, Missouri; and Linda Languirand, a plant clearance officer at DCMA Dayton, Ohio.

“The symposium provides a platform for discussions to support the Department of Defense in global efforts directed at reducing stockpiles of excess and obsolete strategic, tactical and conventional munitions,” said Wayne.

According to Wayne, the symposium covered topics including the demilitarization and disposal process, resource recovery, recycling, and reuse operations, which aligns with the “Business Operations Center’s goals of reusing, recovering and recycling as much government property as possible for the taxpayers and the safety of the public.”

The symposium featured speakers from a variety of agencies, including the Joint Munitions Command, Army Aviation and Missile Command, Environmental Protection Agency and industry partners.

During the safety and risk management session, Armstrong and Kicielinski gave a presentation on disposing of excess government property, including hazardous items.

“We believe significant progress was made to bridge the gap in communication during the session,” said Armstrong. “This clarified the enterprise-wide responsibility the Department of Defense holds for effective program lifecycle planning and disposal, which is critical to the contract closeout process.”

Wayne said his team will continue to attend these types of events to help other agencies understand the DCMA disposal mission.

“DCMA will continue to support the reduction in stockpiles of excess and obsolete strategic, tactical and conventional items,” said Wayne. “Our joint efforts with other DoD agencies is representative to our commitment of the cradle to grave responsibilities of hazardous items in the acquisition lifecycle.”