An Air Force official admitted the division’s multiple purchases of coffee cups that break easily and cost $1, 280 each is irresponsible, vowing to pursue ways to fix the mugs instead of constantly buying new ones. Getting and substituting the special mugs, which can reheat liquids on board has cost the air force $326, 785 since 2016, Secretary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson stated in a letter. The letter dated last Wednesday in Sen. Chuck Grassley, R Iowa, arrived after Grassley questioned yet another report of wasteful spending from the Department of Defense in earlier correspondence.
In an Oct. 2 correspondence, Grassley interviewed Wilson on a Fox News Channel report that they found a squadron in Travis Air Force California Base spent $56, 000 on the metal cups at the past three decades alone, which support members kept dropping and shattering. Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman, a squadron spokesman, explained the problem to Fox News Channel. Regrettably, when lost, the deal breaks easily leading to the cost of a few thousand dollars to replace the cups as replacement parts aren’t available. He explained. In her response, Wilson clarified the cups are designed for use with 34 year-old fleet, and that decreased production of parts along with rising material prices had almost doubled the cup cost from $693 in 2016 to $1, 280 in 2018.
The Air Force has purchased 391 of the cups over the last two decades, she stated, totaling the $326, 785, a mean of $835 per cup. You’re right to be worried about the high prices of parts, and that I remain thankful to have your support in addressing this issue, said Wilson, detailing a brand new effort to 3-D print such otherwise pricey or irreplaceable parts. The Air Force Rapid Sustainment Office, founded in July, can 3-D print replacement the cup manages for about $0.50 each, she stated, negating the need to purchase an entire $1, 280 cup. It’s irresponsible to invest thousand of dollars on fabricated parts when we’ve the technology available to make them ourself, Wilson stated in the letter, adding an examination was underway to identify other printable parts for aircrafts.
Grassley, in a statement issued Friday, said he wasn’t totally pleased with the air force response and pledged to pursue this problem further. While I love the Air Force is working to find innovations that would help save taxpayer dollars, it remains unclear why it can’t find a less costly alternative to some $1, 280 cup,” Grassley said. Government representatives have the liability to utilize taxpayer dollars efficiently. Too frequently, that is not the case. Before this year, Grassley dogged the Air Force over its purchase of $10, 000 toilet seat lids for cargo plane, part that the agency has since 3-D printed.