B-120990, JAN 20, 1955

B-120990: Jan 20, 1955

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ZUMERINK: FURTHER REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF JUNE 19. YOU WERE RELEASED FROM ASSIGNMENT AND TRANSFERRED TO BOLLING AIR FORCE BASE. REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE TRANSPORTATION OF DEPENDENTS OF MILITARY PERSONNEL AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE TO AND FROM THE UNITED STATES ARE CONTAINED IN THE JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS. PARAGRAPH 7002-1B OF WHICH STATES THAT SUCH TRAVEL "WILL NOT BE OTHER THAN BY GOVERNMENT VESSEL. " AND IF ITS USE WILL NOT OCCASION A DELAY OF MORE THAN 30 DAYS AS DETERMINED BY THE UNIFORMED SERVICE CHARGED WITH MAKING SUCH DETERMINATION. IN EFFECT AT THE TIME THE TRAVEL WAS PERFORMED. SINCE IT IS REPORTED THAT THERE IS NO RECORD OF AN APPLICATION HAVING BEEN SUBMITTED BY YOU FOR TRANSPORTATION OF YOUR WIFE TO THE UNITED STATES.

B-120990, JAN 20, 1955

PRECIS-UNAVAILABLE

ALVIN J. ZUMERINK:

FURTHER REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF JUNE 19, 1954, CONCERNING THE ACTION TAKEN IN SETTLEMENT DATED JANUARY 5, 1954, WHICH DISALLOWED YOUR CLAIM FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF THE COST OF YOUR WIFE'S TRAVEL FROM GUSTAFSBURG, GERMANY, TO NEW YORK, NEW YORK, DURING THE PERIOD MARCH 10 TO 19, 1952, WHILE SERVING AS A STAFF SERGEANT, UNITED STATES AIR FORCE.

BY PARAGRAPH 4 OF SPECIAL ORDERS NO. 23, DATED JANUARY 28, 1952, APO 57, USAF, GERMANY, YOU WERE RELEASED FROM ASSIGNMENT AND TRANSFERRED TO BOLLING AIR FORCE BASE, WASHINGTON, D.C. THE ORDERS FURTHER DIRECTED YOU TO PROCEED FROM THE RHINE-MAIN AIR FORCE BASE AND REPORT TO THE COMMANDING OFFICER, APO 69, ON FEBRUARY 7, 1952, FOR FURTHER MOVEMENT BY THE FIRST AVAILABLE SERVICE CARRIER. IT APPEARS THAT YOU ARRANGED FOR YOUR WIFE'S TRAVEL BY COMMERCIAL MEANS AND THAT SHE TRAVELED FROM GUSTAFSBURG, GERMANY, TO LEHAVRE, FRANCE, BY RAIL ON MARCH 10, 1952, AND THENCE TO NEW YORK, NEW YORK, BY COMMERCIAL VESSEL DURING THE PERIOD MARCH 13 TO 19, 1952. IN REQUESTING REVIEW YOU STATE THAT "MY WIFE DID NOT RECEIVE NOTICE SHE COULD TRAVEL UNTIL MANY MONTHS AFTER HER VISA HAD EXPIRED."

REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE TRANSPORTATION OF DEPENDENTS OF MILITARY PERSONNEL AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE TO AND FROM THE UNITED STATES ARE CONTAINED IN THE JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS, PARAGRAPH 7002-1B OF WHICH STATES THAT SUCH TRAVEL "WILL NOT BE OTHER THAN BY GOVERNMENT VESSEL, IF AVAILABLE," AND IF ITS USE WILL NOT OCCASION A DELAY OF MORE THAN 30 DAYS AS DETERMINED BY THE UNIFORMED SERVICE CHARGED WITH MAKING SUCH DETERMINATION. ALSO, AIR FORCE REGULATION 75-26, DATED APRIL 28, 1949, IN EFFECT AT THE TIME THE TRAVEL WAS PERFORMED, PRESCRIBED CERTAIN PROCEDURES TO BE FOLLOWED IN CONNECTION WITH TRAVEL OF DEPENDENTS OF MILITARY PERSONNEL FROM OVERSEAS STATIONS. PARAGRAPH 33B OF THAT REGULATION PROVIDED THAT THE OVERSEAS COMMANDER WOULD PROCESS APPLICATIONS FOR TRAVEL OF DEPENDENTS, ARRANGE FOR THE NECESSARY TRANSPORTATION, ESTABLISH PRIORITY OF TRAVEL, AND ISSUE NECESSARY TRAVEL ORDERS OR AUTHORIZATIONS. IN RESPONSE TO A SPECIFIC REQUEST OF THIS OFFICE FOR A REPORT SHOWING THE BASIS ON WHICH YOU FAILED TO COMPLY WITH THIS REGULATION, THE AIR FORCE FINANCE CENTER, DENVER, COLORADO, BY LETTER DATED DECEMBER 13, 1954, TRANSMITTED A COPY OF 3RD INDORSEMENT DATED NOVEMBER 2, 1954, FROM HEADQUARTERS, 60TH TROOP CARRIER WING, MEDIUM, APO 57, US AIR FORCE, NEW YORK, NEW YORK, AS FOLLOWS:

"THIS HEADQUARTERS HAS NO RECORD OF AN APPLICATION SUBMITTED BY S/SGT ALVIN J ZUMERINK, AF 16263443 FOR TRANSPORTATION FOR HIS WIFE TO THE UNITED STATES."

THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF TRANSPORTATION, DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY, REPORTED THAT DURING THE PERIOD OF YOUR DEPENDENT'S TRAVEL, GOVERNMENT VESSELS DEPARTED FROM BREMERHAVEN FOR NEW YORK ON MARCH 10, 12, 14, AND 23, 1952.

SINCE IT IS REPORTED THAT THERE IS NO RECORD OF AN APPLICATION HAVING BEEN SUBMITTED BY YOU FOR TRANSPORTATION OF YOUR WIFE TO THE UNITED STATES, AND SINCE GOVERNMENT VESSELS WERE AVAILABLE FOR HER TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES FROM BREMERHAVEN, THERE IS NO BASIS TO REIMBURSE YOU THE COST OF HER OCEAN TRAVEL PERFORMED AT PERSONAL EXPENSE.

ACCORDINGLY, THE SETTLEMENT OF JANUARY 5, 1954, IS SUSTAINED.