Commentary

March 21, 2014

Successful PCS secrets

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – Permanent change of station season is almost upon us, and with it being a busy time in a military family’s life, it is good to start preparing ahead of time.

The secrets to a successful PCS are preparing early and personally taking control of your household goods movement. The best place to start is at your own computer and by going to the Defense Personal Property Program website at www.move.mil.

At the DPPP site, you will be able to check the net weight of your shipment and find out how many days of storage you’re authorized for or have remaining. You will also be able to learn more about how you can transport pets, personnel effects and other prohibited items.

In addition, Air Force officials recently announced changes to the DoD policy on transporting a member’s professional books, papers and equipment with his or her household goods during a PCS.

Known as “pro-gear,” the new PBPE policy will impact orders issued on or after May 1. PBPE will be limited to a maximum of 2,000 pounds, and will include items in a member’s possession needed for the performance of official duties at his or her next assignment.

PBPE items include instruments, tools and equipment unique to technicians, mechanics, medical professionals, musicians and members of other professions. They also include specialized clothing, such as diving suits, space suits, flying suits and helmets, band uniforms, chaplains’ vestments, and other specialized apparel and out-of-the-norm uniforms or clothing.

The policy excludes other items of a professional nature that will not be necessary at the next duty station, such as text books from schools and personal books, even if used as part of a previous professional reading program, and some previously allowed categories such as personal computer equipment, memorabilia and table service.

A PCS can be very exciting, but quite intense as well. Taking steps to ensure you have what you need in a timely manner will definitely help the process.

For more information on how to prepare for an upcoming PCS, call your local Traffic Management Office.




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


 
 

 

My journey as a victim advocate

When I was a teenager, I saw a movie about a college student who was raped by her brother’s fraternity brother at a party. I remember being saddened by what happened to her; not only by the act of sexual assault, but by how the school’s administrators and students treated her when she decided to...
 
 

Lessons learned in protecting social media accounts

On a Saturday afternoon in late November, I was informed about a political remark that appeared on my Director of Public Affairs Twitter feed. A staff member called to ask if I was aware of the re-tweet. At the time, I was on leave, out of the state, tending to my daughter who had had...
 
 

Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community - This past year the Atlantic Monthly ran an article contrasting two sets of virtues: “resume virtues” and “eulogy virtues.” The article explained that resume virtues are oriented toward “accumulating power, wealth, and professional achievements.” Eulogy virtues on th...
 

 

Maintenance versus repair … of our Airmen

This commentary is not about aircraft, vehicles, or even any mechanical components. It’s about our Airmen and how we manage their care and development throughout their careers. The maintenance versus†repair concept is borrowed from the maintenance community and speaks to how maintenance managers plan, coordinate and execute scheduled maintenance events. The goal is to maximize...
 
 

To innovate, we can’t be afraid to fail

“Throughout history, people with new ideas – who think differently and try to change things – have always been called troublemakers.” - Richelle Mead, author. The Air Force is pushing hard for us to innovate. You hear it when our senior leaders give speeches or post articles imploring us to improve. Examples include the AFSO21...
 
 

Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community “Now I say to you in conclusion, life is hard, at times as hard as crucible steel. It has its bleak and difficult moments. Like the ever-flowing waters of the river, life has its moments of drought and its moments of...
 




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>