Air Force

July 5, 2012

Managing your move: TMO breaks down moving myths

Airman 1st Class Austin Harvill
633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

The summer season encroaches each and every day. Changes of command, farewell picnics and moving trucks mark this transitional time frame. However, do not fret — the Airmen at the Traffic Management Office are there to ease the stress during the moving process.

Staff Sgt. Eva Simmons, 633rd Logistics Readiness Squadron traffic management specialist, explained the process of moving, both do-it-yourself and otherwise, June 12 at Langley Air Force Base, Va.

“There are essentially three types of moves: permanent change of station, home of record move and home of selection move,” said Simmons.

Airmen who need to move household goods from their residence prior to enlistment to their first duty station qualify for a home of record move. Retiring Airmen may move from their final duty station to any location in the continental U.S. with a home of selection move.

Both of these moves share the same process as a normal PCS. Simmons went through each and every step of a PCS, giving the more important details.

After getting paperwork for a PCS, first-time movers will be briefed along with those separating, retirees and individuals with a power of attorney. Once completed, movers must estimate the weight of their household goods. Simmons suggested 1,000 pounds per room as an estimate. Afterwards, a moving contractor will be sent to the house on a pre-determined date.

For those with less goods and more manpower, a do-it-yourself move, also known as a personal property or “DITY” move, may be more worthwhile.

Much of the paperwork needed for a PPM is identical to that used in a normal PCS, however applicants must also fill out a do-it-yourself and counseling checklist and obtain a travel voucher. Movers must weigh their vehicles empty and full for the traffic management office. As a rule of thumb, Simmons suggests keeping all receipts from travel expense as they may be tax exempt.

Simmons also suggested that prospective movers make an appointment with TMO three weeks ahead of the move, and she pointed out that those wishing to move during the peak season should make an appointment two to three months in advance instead of three weeks.

It sounds simple on paper, but stories abound on troubled moves. Airman 1st Class Alexis Pearson, 439th Supply Chain and Operations Squadron grounds support specialist, had to navigate around a dual-service marriage and an infant while she processed out of Langley.

“It was definitely unique,” said Pearson. “The dual-service made the process a little slower.”

Pearson’s husband, a multi-launch rocket system driver at Fort Eustis, Va., was given orders in April to Fort Lewis, Wash. Pearson applied for orders and proceeded to process through TMO as much as possible. Pearson is scheduled to leave Langley July 16. This is the first move for the whole family.

“Without orders, a lot of the paperwork couldn’t be completed,” Pearson said. “My husband also needed to provide paperwork for me, and that took some time.”

Pearson has all of the necessary paperwork almost completed, and is still waiting for orders to finish the necessary steps. As for her child and her items, Pearson isn’t worried.

“My son won’t have his baby bouncer or his toys, and he loves those things,” she said. “But I am confident that all of my items will be safe, so he can have them later.”

Pearson suggests to other movers that they fill out as much of the paperwork as possible as soon as possible to expedite the process once orders have arrived, especially with a spouse in the military as well.

For more information, or to get started on a move, contact your local inbound or outbound TMO.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Becoming stronger through failure

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D.  — Failing the Air Force physical training test: my greatest fear since joining the military. It is embarrassing to admit recently that fear came to fruition, but what I have learned through that failure has become one of my greatest strengths. After failing, I definitely felt like a weak person for not...
 
 

Students wear red, white and blue to honor Month of the Military Child

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau) Students of Borman Elementary School gather together for a flag raising ceremony and wear red, white and blue clothing to honor the Month of the Military Child at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, April 10. During the ceremony, the children listened to guest speakers, recited the...
 
 

Case lot sale returns to D-M April 17-19

FORT LEE, Va. – Mention case lot sales and commissary patrons start lining up for the opportunity to save up to 50 percent or more on club-pack and full-case items. Known as the Commissary Customer Appreciation Case Lot Sale, the springtime version of this twice-yearly event will unfold at stateside stores, each hosting their individual...
 

 
(U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Jessica H. Smith and Airman Connor J. Marth)

More than meets the eye

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — The word abuse often conjures images of bruises, swollen lips and harsh markings, but abuse is more than meets the eye. It can be much more than physical suffering and can have last...
 
 
(Courtesy photo)

AFSOUTH working with Colombia to develop space program

American Airmen from the Space community traveled to multiple U.S. space operations locations with Colombian air force counterparts in February as part of a U.S. Southern Command subject matter expert exchange. According to Lt....
 
 

Local Briefs April 17, 2015

NARFE Chapter 55 to meet  April 13, 11 a.m. – Golden Corral The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Association, Chapter 55, will hold their next monthly luncheon meeting on Monday April 13 at the Golden Corral, 4380 East 22nd Street, Tucson, AZ 85711. The luncheon starts at 11 a.m. and ends about 1:30...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin