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June 2013

Have Orders, Will Travel!

After several months of patiently waiting, the Two Crabs received our final travel orders!  

Travel Orders -- known as a "TM4" in State Department lingo -- is the single most important document you need (apart from a passport) in order to PCS (Permanent Change of Station).  The TM4 outlines the details of one's travel itinerary, and authorizes the department to spend money on an employee's move including airplane tickets, per diem, and shipping of HHE (Household Effects), UAB (Unaccompanied Air Baggage), POV (personally-owned vehicle) and DC storage. 

With the TM4 firmly in our hands, the end is now near! Last week we finalized our plane tickets and scheduled our pack-out dates. In less than a month, we will begin our journey to South Korea! First stop: San Francisco. More on that later...