STAND-TO! Edition: Tuesday April 29, 2014


Today's Focus:

DOD's Privately Owned Vehicle Shipping program

What is it?

The U.S. Army's Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's Personal Property directorate is the executive agent for Department of Defense's Defense Personal Property Program, or DP3, to include worldwide shipping of service member's privately owned vehicles. SDDC accomplishes POV movements through the Global Privately Owned Vehicle (GPOV) contract which provides worldwide point-to-point delivery of service member's POVs between Vehicle Processing Centers (VPC) permanently changing stations.

Starting May 1, several changes take effect with the GPOV contract to include a new contract managing vehicle processing for service members worldwide:

  • -- New VPC addresses for vehicle drop offs and pickups
  • -- A new website, PCSMYPOV, to request and track POV shipments
  • -- Closure of eight VPCs in both the continental United States and overseas

What has the Army done?

SDDC went out for bid with a new GPOV contract solicitation. Starting May 1, International Auto Logistics will assume the contract from American Auto Logistics to manage the daily activities of processing service member's vehicles for shipment worldwide. In conjunction with the military services, SDDC conducted a review of its current 46 VPCs and concluded that closing eight centers was in the department's best interest. VPCs slated for closure May 1 in CONUS are Edison, N.J., New Orleans, La., Orlando, Fla., and Oakland, Calif. VPCs slated for closure May 1 overseas are RAF Croughton, England, RAF Menwith Hill, England, and Seville, Spain. The VPC at Mannheim, Germany, is already closed.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

SDDC's Personal Property directorate will continue to oversee the GPOV contract. The command's immediate goal is to ensure as smooth of a transition as possible between contractors.

Why is this important to the Army?

Currently under the GPC contract, about 68,000 POV shipments occur each year, of which, about 8,500 vehicles require storage. The closure of the eight VPCs represents about a 17 percent reduction from current operations and potentially a $4-9 million annual savings.

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