New Legislation Creates PCS Housing Flexibility Options

The below message is from Ms. Vickie LaFollette, DoD, Military Community and Family Policy.  Her message is informing of new relocation legislation requirements effective October 1, 2018.

Ms. Vickie LaFollette states: “In simple terms the goal of these legislative changes are to provide more flexibility to service members and their families during the permanent change of station for those members with school-age children and spouses who are employed or enrolled in school.  The below language, DoDI 1315:18, “Procedures for Military Personnel Assignments” provides housing flexibility options for eligible service members undergoing a PCS within the United States.”

The Housing Flexibility During PCS language from DoDI 1315:18 is listed below:

10.  HOUSING FLEXIBILITY DURING PCS

a.  Effective October 1, 2018, as authorized by Section 403a of Reference (n), Military Department regulations will permit eligible Service members to request the housing flexibility options specified in paragraph 10.c. of this enclosure while undergoing a PCS within the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii). When used with regard to housing flexibility options during a Service member’s PCS, the covered relocation period begins 180 days before the date of the PCS, which is the date the Service member leaves his or her current PDS, and ends 180 days after the date of the PCS.  The Secretary of the Military Department concerned may shorten or lengthen the covered relocation period based on the needs of the Military Service.

b.  Service members eligible for housing flexibility options specified in paragraph 10.c. of this enclosure during the covered relocation period are any Service members who have one or more dependents enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program or who, at the beginning of the covered relocation period:

(1)  Have a spouse who is gainfully employed or enrolled in a degree, certificate, or license-granting program;

(2)  Have one or more dependents attending an elementary or secondary school; or

(3)  Are caring for an immediate family member with a chronic or long-term illness.

c.  Housing flexibility options include:

(1)  Continuation in government-owned or government-leased family housing of the Service member’s spouse or other dependent if they are residing in such housing at the beginning of the covered relocation period.  The spouse or other dependent may continue to reside in such housing during the covered relocation period.  Requests for this option should be approved only if approval will not adversely affect other Service members who will arrive at the current PDS during the period of continuation in housing.

(2)  Early housing eligibility when the Service member is eligible to reside in government-owned or government-leased family housing at the new PDS.  The spouse or other dependent may move into such housing at any time during the covered relocation period, if it is available, even if the Service member has not arrived at the new PDS.

(3)  Occupancy of government-owned or government-leased unaccompanied housing by a Service member with dependents. If a spouse or other dependent of a Service member relocates at a time different from the Service member, the Service member may elect to reside in such housing until the Service member’s detachment date from the current PDS or until the Service member’s spouse or other dependents arrive at the new PDS. Occupancy in such unaccompanied housing will be provided on a “space-available” basis and may not displace a bona fide unaccompanied Service member with no dependents at such housing.

(4) Equitable basic allowance for housing.  If the spouse or other dependent of a Service member relocates at a time different from the Service member, the amount of basic allowance for housing may be based on whichever of the following areas, prescribed in Reference (m), the Secretary of the Military Department concerned determines to be the most equitable.  In no case may the Service member’s basic allowance for housing be lower than the amount payable under Section 403(d)(3)(A) of Reference (n).

(a)  The area of the duty station to which the Service member is reassigned.

(b)  The area in which the spouse or other dependent resides, but only if the spouse or other dependent resides in that area when the Service member departs for the next PDS, and only for the period during which the spouse or other dependent resides in that area.

(c)  The area of the Service member’s former PDS, but only if that area is different from the area in which the spouse or other dependent resides.

d.  Relocation assistance programs are statutorily required and intended to minimize the adverse effects of stressors associated with PCS moves.  They must provide information and education regarding these housing flexibility options during PCS to Service members and their families.  Specific relocation assistance policy is prescribed in DoDI 1342.22.

Government procured move blackout in effect until July 18

by 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron

moving-van-7206/16/2016 – ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D.  — Due to market saturation in the commercial moving industry, a blackout for government procured shipments originating in South Dakota is currently in effect through mid-July for all personnel who intend to schedule a government procured move or release of non-temporary storage.

The earliest date personnel can request to schedule pack and pick-up of household goods or release of non-temporary storage is July 18.

If personnel have already scheduled their packing and pick-up date, the move will continue as scheduled. However, those who have recently received orders have the following three options:

Those with a departure date after mid-July must schedule their pick-up date later than July 18.

Those who must depart prior to mid-July can assign a releasing agent when submitting a Defense Personal Property System request. This individual will oversee the packing and pick-up of household goods.

Personnel may also use a personally procured move, which will reimbursed by the government upon completion.

As the permanent change of station season progresses, there may be changes to the blackout dates.

For more information, contact the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron Personal Property Section at (605) 385-6597.

Source: http://www.ellsworth.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123474955

Sesame Street Helps Military Families

SesameStreetMilitaryFamiliesAs a military member, you experience frequent change. Whether that is in the form of relocating to a new assignment, multiple deployments, or transitioning out of the service, these changes can be difficult on even the strongest member. If you have a family, it is important to remember that they too are affected by these changes.

In times of stress it is important to maintain everyday routines, keeping lines of communication open and reaching out for help if needed. These strategies will not only help the individual, your partner, but also your young family members.

Sesame Street has been committed to meet the needs of American military families for 11 years now. Recently they announced the release of Sesame Street for Military Families: Transitions. The Department of Defense (DoD) assisted the Sesame Workshop in conducting research on this effort by organizing focus groups with transitioning families in 2015 at installations across the nation. They were also informed by extensive research and recommendations from parents and caregivers plus child development and military advisers.

The Sesame Street for Military Families website offers materials to help parents and kids cope with the unique military lifestyle. Below are a small list of some resources that Sesame Street has made available, for FREE, featuring the characters your kids have come to love and materials for parents to help them cope.

Resources:

eSponsorship Training Gets an Update

The eSponsorship Application and Training (eSAT) course has been updated to the DoD’s new training platform, My Training Hub. The interactive eSAT will help sponsors make the most of sponsorship training.

Here are some of the features:

 – 24/7 accessibility – Sponsors will be able to log in to My Training Hub using their Common Access Card, or CAC. The eSAT website will remain the same (http://apps.militaryonesource.mil/esat), however, non-CAC users can access the site through My Training Hub (https://myhub.militaryonesource.mil).

– Customized resources – Sponsors will learn how to support a single service member, a family with pets, a family with special needs or any combination. With eSAT’s customizable resources, sponsors can create an electronic welcome packet personalized to their inbound family’s needs. My Training Hub currently offers several military-focused training courses like Money and the Move and Investing in Your Future. With the new eSAT course added to the lineup, My Training Hub is sure to become an integral part of your relocation toolkit.

Visit our sponsorship page for information about being a sponsor and a link to the training.

Relocation Issues: New Contractor for POV Shipments Brings Frustration

povIf you are PCSing and shipping your POV (privately owned vehicle) you may be saying, “Dude, where’s my car?”

U.S. military families are up in arms over the failures of a new Pentagon contractor tasked with shipping their vehicles when they’re re-stationed.

Read the full story on The Daily Beast web site: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/16/american-gis-dude-where-s-my-car.html

Other Sources:

POV shipping program undergoes changes – af.mil (April 18, 2014)

Changes to DOD’s Privately Owned Vehicle shipping program start May 1 – army.mil (April 17, 2014)

Rapid City council unanimously approves city-wide texting while driving ban

On Monday, April 21st, Rapid City council members voted unanimously to approve a city-wide texting ordinance. This approval makes texting behind the wheel a primary offense, meaning officers do not have to have another reason to pull you over.

Mayor Sam Kooiker will sign the ordinance on Saturday. It will go into effect on May 16th which is 45 days before the state-wide texting while driving ban.

Source: KOTA Territory News

Airman & Family Readiness Center

textingdriving For those of us driving on Ellsworth AFB (or any military installation), hopefully we have already established the safe habit of not driving while texting or doing other things on our cell phones. Soon we will have to carry that habit out into the local community.

On Tuesday of this week, Rapid City Police Chief, Steve Allender, called the recently passed state law on texting while driving “toothless” and proposed his draft of a tougher ordinance to the city’s Legal and Finance Committee that would make texting while driving in Rapid City a primary offense.

South Dakota state lawmakers approved a measure that takes effect on July 1, 2014 to ban texting statewide with a $100 fine, but as a secondary offense. Last month, Box Elder enacted a distracted driving ordinance, but police can only enforce it as a secondary offense.

Unlike a primary offense, in which police can pull someone over specifically for…

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Join us for Happy Landings on Tuesday, 16 April from 12:00-12:30 at Dakota’s Club

HL2013FacebookWe hope to see you all at Happy Landings tomorrow, Tuesday, April 16th, at Dakota’s from 1200 – 1230.  Please feel free to encourage your friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. to join us and get and share some great info.    If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Nikki Reynolds at 385-4663.