Three industrious civilian members of the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) 30th Contracting Squadron (30 CONS), which is based at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, managed to save an astounding $1 billion over a seven-year period.

From January 2012 to January 2019, Darlene Thompson, a contract specialist; Stephen Schultz, a property specialist; and Joseph Gagnon, the team leader of the squadron’s property administration; operated under the motto “reduce, reuse, and recycle” when it came to purchasing equipment and materiel for the base’s needs.

“The majority of cost savings comes from re-utilizing assets from contract to contract,” said Thompson. “When one contract is ending, another contract on base may be beginning and able to use those parts and equipment. We re-utilize the materials under another contract, and they don’t have to re-procure them.”

Thompson added the team of three focused much of their endeavors on recycling. “We try to re-utilize to the base populous through the Vandenberg recycling center. As much as possible, we try to go there so base agencies can use the furniture,” said the contract specialist.