MILITARY MATTERS: Abandoned car auction to be held on post

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - Frances Myles has been one busy worker lately, getting ready for next month's Abandoned Vehicle Auction at Fort Benning, Ga.

"I help prepare the SF-97, which is the release of the vehicle", said Myles. "Plus the bill of sale, and I'm also a cashier."

Myles has also been fielding calls about the sale itself, and when prospective buyers will be allowed to see the cars up close ahead of time.

That would be Thursday and Friday, December 6th and 7th.  The auction itself is December 10th.

Janice Jemison is in charge of the event, which is held two to three times a year on post. She knows all about the 35 cars, trucks and SUVs available, the ones that run and the others that don't.

She also has the scoop on an abandoned boat that will be on the block.

"It was monitored by the MPs", said Jemison. "The MPs saw that it had been there over an excess number of days, and they had to tag it. And this is my second round with trying to sell it."

Her biggest sale ever was a Ford Mustang which went for $7,000.

"The body was in great condition and this individual collects Mustangs, and when he looked and he saw it, and heard how it ran, he wanted it."

Jemison and Myles work for Ft. Benning's MWR, the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation. It is the benefactor of events like these.

Publicity director Bridgett Siter explains. "The profit from this auction will go back into services and the programs and the facilities for soldiers and their families."

She reminds us that MWR gets no money from congress, the federal government or taxpayers, so it has to operate as a business within itself and generate a profit.

Jemison says that will definitely happen December 10th because all of her auctions are profitable.

You don't have to be in the military to take part in the auction. For more information on the auction click here.

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