When you join the military you can count on seeing the world, but when Uncle Sam is your travel agent, you never know where you’ll be or how long you’ll stay there. Nearly 1.5 million men and women serve in the United States armed forces, both domestically and in more than 160 foreign countries. Long term storage is an essential part of any soldier’s deployment or PCS. (Permanent Change of Station) Personnel move about every two years, with deployments lasting from six to 18 months. Moving is part of the military life.
Lt. Jeff Dobrow is an active U. S. Air Force officer and a veteran of domestic moves. He and his family have moved five times in the past 13 years and he’s learned about moving and storage from day one. “I joined the Air Force pretty much right after high school and I didn’t have very much to my name. My parents stored a few boxes for me in their basement,” Dobrow said.
Many servicemen and women don’t have family nearby to store their belongings. Off-base self storage provides a convenient way to manage your belongings while moving from base to base. Transportation stipends vary depending on rank and family size so it’s important to visit the base financial center ahead of time. Deployment means leaving almost everything behind but long term storage has room for all your things, including your vehicles.
Moving became a bigger event after Dobrow got married while serving at Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, AZ. “We rented a storage unit ahead of time in the next city to make the move easier for my family,” said Dobrow, who moved to serve as a recruiter. “The next move, we decided to rent a truck to save some money, but I wasn’t able to fit everything in the truck. I still had a pile of stuff in our garage when we left. Fortunately, I was able to call a friend who had a trailer and he moved our things into a storage unit until we could get it shipped to us. He’s a good friend now!”
Dobrow currently serves as a nuclear weapons officer in Montana and despite the difficulties of pulling up stakes often, he has the perfect perspective of his serious obligations to both his nation and his family. “Well, when I’m on duty they say I’m the third most powerful ‘country’ on earth but when I’m off duty, I report to my wife!”
StorageMart salutes the dedicated servicemen and women who defend freedom throughout the world. It’s an honor to provide excellent service to those who serve our country every day.