Transcom Commander Voices Criticism Of Household Moving Program

The commander of U.S. Transportation Command said at a hearing on Capitol Hill yesterday that he agrees with those who have criticized capacity problems in the Defense Department’s program for shipping household goods.

“I’d like to acknowledge the recent criticism of the Department of Defense household [goods shipment] program, and I’ll simply say that I agree with the criticisms in regard to insufficient capacity during peak [times] and level of accountability within the department,” Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, said.

The commander made his remarks before a joint hearing held by the House Armed Services Committee’s panels on readiness and on sea power and projection forces.

As one of 10 unified commands of DOD, Transcom provides air, land and sea transportation for the department in times of peace and war. As part of that mission, it transports the personal property — including privately owned vehicles and household goods — of service members who are making official moves.

According to the Transcom web site, the command is “responsible for administering DOD’s Personal Property Program and continues to re-engineer the way DOD selects, manages and works with transportation service providers.”

Lyons said he has discussed the household goods program with the service secretaries and service chiefs. On behalf of the entire DOD, he noted, Transcom is leading an initiative to…

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