An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : Articles
Would you stake your life, right now, on the condition of your equipment?
NEWS | June 26, 2023

Packaging: Turn-In AFES Bottles Correctly

BLUF: There is a safe way to return pressurized AFES bottles, but only if the proper steps are taken.

Soldier inspects a fire extinguisher.
Photo by Spc. Elorina Charles
Dear Editor,

I frequently deal with Supply Support Activities (SSAs) telling units to DEMIL, discharge or remove the tops of Automatic Fire Extinguisher Systems (AFES) before turning them in. Fortunately, most maintainers don’t attempt this. If they do, they end up stuck with unserviceable bottles and become delinquent on recoverable turn-ins. But pressurized AFES bottles are recoverable and repairable at depot level if they are packaged properly.
Return AFES bottles to SSA with the following:
  • The expansion plug or safety cap installed.
  • The lock pin or safety pin installed.
  • The original packaging.
  • The packaging support inserts.
Ensure the AFES is right-side up in the package.

If the original package or support inserts aren’t available, recreate each as necessary. For questions related to packaging, contact the ASC Packaging, Storage and Containerization Center (PSCC) HERE.

Rex Frazier
Maintenance Management Division
G4, 11th Airborne Division
US Army Alaska 
Editor’s Note: Mr. Frazier, thanks for tip on how to safely return AFES bottles.
Want to get better search results faster? 
Click the link below to access our "how to" guide
After entering a keyword, you must hit or click the Search bar/box below for the function to work.
Simply hitting Return won't yield results.
Note about links to archive articles

If you come across a link to a pre-2014 PS Magazine issue or article that uses LOGSA in the web address (URL), use this link instead:
For issues/articles from 2014 and after, click on the Archive/Index tab in the top menu of this website.

BE ADVISED: With the migration to Army365, emails in older articles may still reflect an address. To update, change the domain to