SDDC hosts dialogue between military, movers
April 6, 2009
ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command hosted a Personal Property Forum during its annual Training Symposium here today. The forum addressed comments and questions on the Defense Personal Property Program that were submitted by the Transportation Service Provider community.
More than 200 representatives from the TSP community, industry associations, SDDC, U.S. Transportation Command, the uniformed services and their respective claims and shipping offices were in attendance. Subject matter experts from the military were available to address the most critical issues for participants.
"We had a vigorous and positive exchange with the industry folks," said SDDC's Lt. Col. Daniel Bradley, deputy chief of staff for Personal Property, who served as master of ceremonies. "We are reviving a process that provides clarity and constructive dialogue to benefit the servicemember and Department of Defense civilians we serve."
The face-to-face interaction between the military and industry is aimed at improving the quality of service in household goods shipping.
"As an industry we have our inputs, so we welcome this forum as a way to continue the dialogue with the government on a program in development that will help us to serve the military as best we can," said Terry Head, president of the International Association of Movers.
Based on the success of this forum, SDDC is looking to use the annual Symposium as a venue to continue this interface between government and industry in the future.