f. Defense Electronics Supply Center. The Defense Electronics Supply
Center (DESC), Dayton, OH, provides integrated management for the classes of
assigned electronic and electrical materiel in Federal Supply Group 59. The DESC
supplies electronic items to the military services and such federal activities as the Coast
Guard, Federal Aviation Agency, Maritime Administration, and NASA. Among the items
that DESC supplies are filters and networks, fuses and lighting arresters, circuit
breakers, switches, connectors, relays, antennas, wave-guides, capacitors, coils,
transformers, crystals, and electron tubes. The center serves as a designated ICP and
a specialized support depot for electronic items.
1-11. DEFENSE DEPOTS
The DLA managed materiel is received, stored, and issued from depots as
directed by the supply center managing the items. Under the DLA distribution system,
stocks are stored in depots close to the concentration of military customers and ports of
embarkation in the US. All requisitioning and stock control procedures are centralized
in the defense supply centers. In the continental United States (CONUS), the
requisition goes from the ordering activity through the Defense Automatic Addressing
System (DAAS) to the appropriate DLA supply center. The center then directs the DLA
depot to issue the supplies. In an overseas theater, the requisition goes from the direct
support unit (DSU) or general support (GSU) to the Materiel Management Center and
then to the Defense Automatic Addressing System (DAAS). The DAAS sends the
request to the appropriate DLA supply center. If the item is available, the depot
handling the items sends it to the container consolidation point. There are six principal
distribution depots, three specialized support depots, and a number of direct supply
support points (DSSP) in the system.
a. Principal Defense Depots. There are six activities that receive, store, and
issue supplies as directed by the managing DLA supply center. These activities are the
Defense Depot Mechanicsburg, the Defense Depot Memphis, the Defense Depot
Ogden, the Defense Depot Tracy, the Defense Depot Columbus, (reports directly to
DCSC), and the Defense Depot Richmond (reports directly to DGSC).
b. Specialized Support Depots. Three depots handling DLA items are called
specialized support depots because their commodity or distribution mission is
specialized and differs from that of other depots. The specialized depots are the Naval
Supply centers at Norfolk, VA, and Oakland, CA, and the DESC, Dayton, OH.
c. Direct Supply Support Points. The DLA operates these DSSP. They are
located at USN maintenance facilities and recruit processing center that use a large
amount of DLA controlled commodities.