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Some troops will have to drive farther to drop off and pick up their vehicles under the Defense Department’s privately owned vehicle shipping program, with the closure of seven vehicle processing centers May 1.
The closures are part of DoD’s changes to the program that has been awarded to a new contractor, International Auto Logistics of Brunswick, Ga., which officially takes over May 1. The previous contractor, American Auto Logistics, has handled the moving and storage of POVs for service members since 1998. Before that, the government ran the program.
With these closures, 35 vehicle processing centers remain. Four of the 13 vehicle processing centers in the continental U.S. will close: Edison, N.J.; Orlando, Fla.; Richmond, Calif. (near Oakland); and New Orleans. Four are closing or have closed in Europe: Mannheim, Germany; RAF Croughton and RAF Menwith Hill, England; and Seville, Spain.
The VPC in Mannheim was closed earlier because of military reorganization. But the other seven are closing as the result of an analysis of the volume of use, and discussions with service officials about troop levels in those areas.
“The sites that remain are ideal sites for families to catch an international flight” after dropping off their vehicles for shipment, said Navy Capt. Aaron Stanley, director of the Personal Property directorate for the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, which manages service members’ household goods. Two other centers were originally scheduled for closure — Livorno, Italy, and Schweinfurt, Germany — he said, but those decisions have been reversed for now.
The eight VPCs being closed won’t accept new vehicles for processing after April 30, but the employees of the previous contractor, American Auto Logistics, will be available at those locations until Aug. 1 to service already processed vehicles until each VPC becomes empty, according to SDDC officials.
In addition, American Auto Logistics’ website, www.whereismypov.com, will remain active until all of the vehicles have been delivered. The website for the new contractor, which, like the previous contractor, allows service members to request and track the shipments of their POVs, is wwwpcsmypov.com.
Another 18 VPCs have been established in the same cities where VPCs are currently operating, but at different locations — nine overseas and all of the remaining nine in the continental U.S. Others overseas will continue to operate at the same locations, but under new management with the new contractor.
The 17 VPC locations that are in the same buildings will be vacated by the previous contractor April 30, then closed for all but emergency drop-offs on May 1 and May 2. They will reopen May 5 for all vehicles.
But officials urge military personnel to try to work around that window of time, if at all possible, to provide the additional time needed for the contractors to make the transition. If possible, they ask troops to wait until May 5 or after to drop off their vehicles.
The new contract, awarded Oct. 24, is for $305 million, through Sept. 30, 2015.
“Our focus is for a seamless transition,” Stanley said. SDDC officials are meeting daily with International Auto Logistics to ensure as smooth a transition as possible. He said SDDC doesn’t see the need for any major changes in the process used to ship and store privately owned vehicles.
International Auto Logistics was formed last year to bid on the contract, said its president and CEO Doug Tipton. However, it’s a wholly owned subsidiary of International Auto Processing, which has been in business since 1986, handling the processing of cars for auto manufacturers importing into or exporting out of the U.S. That includes preparation for shipment and storage, and other services such as an accessory component.
“Anything they need to have done before shipping to the dealer, we can do it,” Tipton said.
He said IAP handles about 400,000 cars a year through its Brunswick facility, and about another 200,000 for Mercedes through the Mercedes plant in Alabama.
He said the company has set up the new vehicle processing centers.
“We are very happy to be able to serve our service members. We want this this to be a smooth, seamless transition for them,” Tipton said. “We have a very high emphasis on hiring veterans, so in many cases, it will be veterans serving [service members].”
Tipton said the company has an experienced team of people who have worked in the field before, including some employees of the previous contractor, AAL, and employees from AAL’s service provider in Europe.
Also, the company is obligated to offer jobs to the hourly employees who worked on the previous contract, Tipton said. “But we are having trouble contacting them because the incumbent has not made their information available.”
He encourages AAL employees who are interested in working under the new contract to contact IAL through its website: www.pcsmypov.com.
According to SDDC, the new U.S. addresses for VPCs are:
■ Atlanta: 3025 Sylvian Road, Atlanta, Ga. 30354
■ Baltimore: 17079 Midway Road, Odenton, Md. 21113
■ Charleston, S.C.: 3601 N. Meeting St., North Charleston, S.C. 29405
■ Dallas: 957 Heinz Way, Grand Prairie, Texas 75051
■ Los Angeles: 14611 S. Broadway St., Gardena, Calif. 90248
■ Norfolk, Va.: 1215 Executive Blvd., Chesapeake, Va. 23320
■ Seattle: 840 Industry Way, North Algona, Wash. 98001
■ St. Louis: 13918 St. Charles Rock Road, Bridgeton, Mo. 63044
■ San Diego: 11433 Woodside Ave., Santee, Calif. 92071
The following are new overseas VPC addresses for receiving vehicles starting May 1:
■ Anchorage, Alaska: 300 LaTouche St., Anchorage, AK 99501
■ Fairbanks, Alaska: 5250 Airport Industrial Road, Fairbanks, AK 99709
■Bahrain: Al Musaskar 940, East Riffa Industrial Area, Bahrain
■ Brandon, England: Field Road, Mildenhall, Suffolk IP28 7AL, UK
■ Aviano, Italy: Via dei Longobardi 49, 33080, San Quirino PN
■ San Juan, Puerto Rico: 45 Calle 1 Parque Indust., San Miguel, San Juan, PR 00936
■ Rota, Spain: Calle Dr. Pariente, 11500 El Puerto de Santa Maria, (Cadiz) Spain
■ Incirlik, Turkey: Yenimahalle 33 Sokak No. 31 TR-01340 Incirlik, Turkey
■ Izmir, Turkey: Doganlar Mah. 1417 Sokak TR-35040 Bornova, Izmir, Turkey
The following overseas VPCs will be vacated by AAL on April 30, and then closed for all but emergency drop-offs with IAL on May 1 and May 2. The facility will be open May 5 for all vehicles. To help in the transition, SDDC urges customers to work around this window of time; if possible, dropping off vehicles May 5 or later.
■ Chievres, Belgium: Chievres Air Base, Bldg 46, Belgium 7950
■ Schinnen, Netherlands: 254th BSB Schinnen, Borgerweb 10, Bldg 27 RM 102, 6365 CW Schinnen
■ Baumholder, Germany: Gebaeude 8716, Raum 1-3 Smith Barracks AM Bahnof/Building 8716 55774 Baumholder, Germany
■ Boeblingen, Germany: Panzer Kaserne Bldg. 2931 71032 Boeblingen, Germany
■ Grafenwoehr, Germany: U.S. Grafenwoehr Base, 322 Shiloh Ave., 92655 Grafenwoehr, Germany
■ Kaiserslautern, Germany: Kapaun Air Station Bldg. 2806 67661 Kaiserslautern, Germany
■ Schweinfurt, Germany: Conn Barracks Custer St., Bldg. 35 97421 Schweinfurt, Germany
■ Spangdahlem, Germany: Spangdahlem Air Base Bldg. 222, 54529 Spangdahlem, Germany
■ Wiesbaden, Germany: Mainz Kastel Housing Area Bldg. Wiesbadener Str. 78, 55252 Mainz Kastel, Germany
■ Livorno, Italy: Leghorn Army Depot, Gate 27 Bldg. 5138 Depot Via Aurelia Tombolo Pisa, 56128 Livorno, Italy (pending contract mod)
■ Naples, Italy: Naval Support Activity Bldg. 2081, Contrada Boscariello 81030, Gricignano di Aversa (CE), Naples, Italy
■ Sigonella, Italy: Basee Navale USA/NAS II Strada Statale 417, Catania-Gela 95030 Piano d'Arci/Sigonella (CT)
■ Vicenza, Italy: Via Strada Della Pelose, Bldg. 928 Entrance 8, Torri Di Quartesolo, 36040 Vicenza, Italy
■ Guam: COMNAVMAR Naval Base Building 3179, Santa Rita, Guam 96915
■ Seoul, South Korea: Camp Kim, Building C1244-68 US Army Garrison Yongsan, Korea, APO AP 96205-5333
■ Taegu, South Korea: 20th Support Group Bldg. 1415, Camp Henry, Korea APO 96218-0562
■ Honolulu: 1601 Sand Island Parkway, Honolulu, HI 96819