B-135700, MAY 29, 1958

B-135700: May 29, 1958

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THE RECORD SHOWS THAT YOUR WIFE AND SON WERE RESIDING AT YOUR OVERSEAS STATION. THIS WAS AUTHORIZED BY LETTER ORDERS-131 DATED SEPTEMBER 27. THESE ORDERS PROVIDED THAT TRANSPORTATION OF YOUR DEPENDENTS AND SHIPMENT OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS BEYOND PORT OF DEBARKATION IN THE UNITED STATES WILL NOT BE FURNISHED PRIOR TO YOUR RETURN UNDER PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION ORDERS. - WHERE YOUR EFFECTS WERE IN STORAGE. 176 POUNDS WERE SHIPPED TO SPOKANE. YOU ARE NOW REPAYING THIS SUM TO THE GOVERNMENT. WHICH WAS PROHIBITED BY THOSE ORDERS AND THE JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS. THE RECORD SHOWS THE SHIPMENT OF YOUR EFFECTS WAS MADE PURSUANT TO YOUR WIFE'S APPLICATION FOR SUCH SHIPMENT. PARTICULARLY SINCE IT SEEMED REASONABLE THAT YOUR WIFE WOULD REQUIRE HER EFFECTS TO ESTABLISH A HOME FOR HERSELF AND YOUR SON AND BECAUSE IT IS THE ESTABLISHED POLICY OF THE SERVICE TO ASSIST DEPENDENTS AND ALLEVIATE HARDSHIPS THEY MAY ENCOUNTER WHILE THE MEMBER IS SERVING OVERSEAS.

B-135700, MAY 29, 1958

TO MAJOR ROBERT E. GOOD:

YOUR LETTER DATED MARCH 19, 1958, REQUESTS REVIEW OF THE ACTION TAKEN IN SETTLEMENT DATED FEBRUARY 25, 1958, CONCERNING YOUR INDEBTEDNESS TO THE UNITED STATES FOR THE SHIPMENT OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS FROM SAVANNAH, GEORGIA, TO SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, ON NOVEMBER 4, 1956.

THE RECORD SHOWS THAT YOUR WIFE AND SON WERE RESIDING AT YOUR OVERSEAS STATION, MANSTON, ENGLAND, WHEN YOU REQUESTED PERMISSION FOR THEIR RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES PRIOR TO YOUR RETURN UNDER PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION ORDERS. THIS WAS AUTHORIZED BY LETTER ORDERS-131 DATED SEPTEMBER 27, 1955. THESE ORDERS PROVIDED THAT TRANSPORTATION OF YOUR DEPENDENTS AND SHIPMENT OF HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS BEYOND PORT OF DEBARKATION IN THE UNITED STATES WILL NOT BE FURNISHED PRIOR TO YOUR RETURN UNDER PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION ORDERS. WHEN YOUR WIFE RETURNED TO THE UNITED STATES SHE REQUESTED THE TRANSPORTATION OFFICER AT THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE STORAGE BRANCH, SAVANNAH, GEORGIA--- WHERE YOUR EFFECTS WERE IN STORAGE--- TO SHIP YOUR HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS TO SPOKANE, WASHINGTON. ON NOVEMBER 4, 1955, YOUR EFFECTS WEIGHING 6,176 POUNDS WERE SHIPPED TO SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, AT A COST TO THE GOVERNMENT OF $592.87. YOU ARE NOW REPAYING THIS SUM TO THE GOVERNMENT. IN YOUR LETTER YOU SAY THAT YOU SHOULD NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COST OF THIS SHIPMENT FOR THE REASON THAT THE GOVERNMENT MADE THE SHIPMENT ON AUTHORITY OF THE ORDERS OF SEPTEMBER 27, 1955, WHICH WAS PROHIBITED BY THOSE ORDERS AND THE JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS.

AS STATED ABOVE, THE RECORD SHOWS THE SHIPMENT OF YOUR EFFECTS WAS MADE PURSUANT TO YOUR WIFE'S APPLICATION FOR SUCH SHIPMENT. THE TRANSPORTATION OFFICER AT THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE STORAGE BRANCH, SAVANNAH, GEORGIA, APPROVED THIS APPLICATION AS HAVING BEEN MADE ON YOUR BEHALF AND WITH YOUR CONSENT BECAUSE YOUR WIFE HAD A GENERAL POWER OF ATTORNEY (IN WHICH YOU DESIGNATED HER YOUR TRUE AND LAWFUL ATTORNEY IN FACT AND GRANTED HER FULL AUTHORITY AND POWER TO DO AND PERFORM ANY AND ALL ACTS AS YOU MIGHT OR COULD DO IF PERSONALLY PRESENT). SINCE YOU AUTHORIZED HER TO ACT FOR YOU, THE TRANSPORTATION OFFICER HAD NO REASON TO DENY YOUR WIFE'S APPLICATION FOR SHIPMENT OF THE HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS, PARTICULARLY SINCE IT SEEMED REASONABLE THAT YOUR WIFE WOULD REQUIRE HER EFFECTS TO ESTABLISH A HOME FOR HERSELF AND YOUR SON AND BECAUSE IT IS THE ESTABLISHED POLICY OF THE SERVICE TO ASSIST DEPENDENTS AND ALLEVIATE HARDSHIPS THEY MAY ENCOUNTER WHILE THE MEMBER IS SERVING OVERSEAS.

ACCORDINGLY, IN VIEW OF THESE CIRCUMSTANCES WE ARE WITHOUT AUTHORITY TO RELIEVE YOU OF YOUR INDEBTEDNESS TO THE UNITED STATES FOR THE COST OF THE SHIPMENT OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS FROM SAVANNAH TO SPOKANE.