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By Debbie Dortch, Naval Supply Systems Command Public Affairs, 6/1/2007

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (NNS) -- The Household Goods director for Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) recommends that Sailors and their families start preparing for transfers early to ensure a smooth move.

"Sailors moving this summer should start preparing now," advises Ronald Fevola, NAVSUP Household Goods director. "A move is more likely to be trouble-free when good advance planning is done."

Fevola recommends Sailors prepare for a smooth move by keeping these tips in mind:

* Start sorting.
Start sorting through household goods now and set aside items you have decided to put up for sale or donation. Service members must keep all shipments within their weight allowance or pay to ship the excess weight.

* Select delivery date and good alternate dates.
When scheduling pickup or delivery, select alternate dates in addition to your preferred dates. During busy times, it could be difficult to get the first date you request. By establishing alternate dates that work for you, inconvenient pickups and deliveries can be avoided.

* Pick-up day should be a day without other commitments.
Do not schedule a pickup for the day you are to close on the sale or purchase of a home, or on the day you must vacate a rental. Allow time for unforeseen problems and last-minute changes.

* Stick with your date.
After the pickup date has been confirmed, only request changes in an emergency. Date changes can lead to delays and additional cost to the member.

* Make sure you're accessible, wherever you are.
Moves go smoother when you are easy to contact. Provide your phone numbers, cell phone numbers, and e-mail to the personal property offices at origin and destination. Include in-transit contact information.

* Got orders? Start now.
As soon as you get your orders, do your move counseling and application. Many service members can do their move counseling and applications online using Smart Web Move (SWM), NAVSUP's Web-based program that services most routine moves. To determine if you are eligible to use SWM, go to Service members and civilians not eligible for SWM should contact the local personal property office to schedule move counseling Program Phased out.  Related Articles: Navy: Use of Defense Personal Property System Mandatory for Personally Procured Moves

Sailors with questions about household goods transportation and storage entitlements can contact the Navy Household Goods Helpline at 1-800-444-7789 Monday through Friday between 0800 and 1700 eastern time, or contact the local personal property office. Find household goods move information online at Select the "Products and Services" bar; choose the "Quality of Services" tab; then click "Household Goods."

NAVSUP's primary mission is to provide U.S. naval forces with quality supplies and services. With headquarters in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and employing a worldwide workforce of more than 25,500 military and civilian personnel, NAVSUP oversees logistics programs in the areas of supply operations, conventional ordnance, contracting, resale, fuel, transportation, and security assistance. In addition, NAVSUP is responsible for quality of life issues for our naval forces, including food service, postal services, Navy Exchanges, and movement of household goods.

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