News: Cherry Point DMO prepares for peak military moving season
Story by Lance Cpl. Cory D. Polom
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Moving is part of military life, with almost 80 percent of all Department of Defense moves occurring May 15 through Sept. 30.
Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point’s Distribution Management Office, responsible for helping facilitate moves for MCAS Cherry Point based service members, is preparing for what’s considered the peak season.
When planning moves, Marines are to follow a few guidelines, according to Marine Administrative Message 178/12; ensure flexibility with packing, schedule pick-up and delivery dates with movers and attend a permanent change of duty station class.
To schedule a move a Marine must be fully checked out and have their orders in hand, said Cpl. Jacob R. Johnson, an outbound counselor with DMO. When scheduling, Marines should allow at least a 10-day window for the movers to do their job, with the exception of overseas moves. In such cases Marines should see DMO at least six to eight weeks before moving to complete proper paperwork.
“Common setbacks Marines run into are typically due to poor time management, which is all the more important during peak season,” said Johnson.
The staff at the distribution office is available daily to ensure Marines are able to plan accordingly for a successful move, he added.
With frequent trips to the distribution office, patience and a planning strategy, Capt. Joshua J. Jones, in the middle of a move with his family to Salt Lake City, said a smooth moving process is possible.
“DMO has worked hard to make sure my family and I have been taken care of,” said Jones, an assurance program director with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron.
Additionally, Cpl. Jon D. Lovegrove, an outbound clerk with DMO, said Marines and Sailors can help themselves by following a few simple steps. Once the service member knows when he or she will get the their form 11060, web orders or the first endorsement, call DMO and make an appointment.
After an appointment is made, they can go online to www.move.mil, sign up and fill out the proper information for their respective move. Upon completion of this online portion, an appointment with DMO will be shorter in time and make the whole process smoother.
“If the Marines and sailors follow these steps and stay in close contact with us their move will be quick and painless,” said Lovegrove. “Marines shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions when they are here. We are here to help them and we can make everything that much easier.”
For more information or answers to questions about moving contact the MCAS Cherry Point DMO office at 466-2345 or refer to MARADMIN 178/12.