JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. –
When most service members think of the Transportation Management Office the first thing that comes to mind is, “They are the ones who move my stuff.” However, the Airmen and civilians working at the TMO impact more than just household goods.
TMO is responsible for processing inbound cargo for base mission partners and sending outbound cargo all over the world.
“A common misconception is TMO just coordinates household goods moves,” said Tech. Sgt. Albert Romain, 437th Aerial Port Squadron TMO outbound cargo section chief, 437th Airlift Wing “Our job is bigger than that and is very important. We ensure cargo makes it to different combatant commands and to its final destination. Many people don’t know we are responsible for moving cargo around the world.”
For service members who are having a permanent change of station, going TDY or deploying, TMO is responsible for coordinating the pickup and delivery of household goods through the use of outside contractors. TMO also sets up the travel arrangements for anyone with military orders regardless of branch of service.
“The day-to-day starts off with approving foreign travel in the Defense Travel System,” said Airman 1st Class Khyry Waden, 437th Aerial Port Squadron TMO passenger travel agent. People going TDY overseas come see me so I can set up their travel. I also deal with all the deployments going out of Charleston.”
Every piece of cargo going through the packing and crafting section of TMO is processed through the Cargo Movement Operation System for documentation and clearance. This allows cargo to travel to its destination.
“Before graduating technical training I never believed in the saying ‘You don’t go without TMO’,” said Airman 1st Class Cody Burns, 437th Aerial Port Squadron TMO packing and crafting technician. “After serving here, I understand why the saying exists. If a piece of cargo must be shipped anywhere in the world with the highest priority, it is our job to make it happen. No matter the sacrifices, we must ensure the mission is completed.”