SILVERDALE, Wash. (NNS) -- The Naval Base Kitsap (NBK), Bangor Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) began its move back to NBK-Bangor from NBK-Bremerton Dec. 1.
The new PSD location will be in the Naval Operational Support Center, Building 1050, outside the main gate of NBK-Bangor.
PSD made the move to bring their services to an area where the bulk of the area's customers are. This also allows the service members to make appointments with more flexibility and limits travel.
"We are making this move for the sake of our personnel," said Lt. Cmdr. James Raulsome, PSD Bangor officer in charge. "Many of those coming to PSD [at Bremerton] are stationed at Bangor. That's quite a drive when you have to deal with unpredictable traffic, lights and work schedules, which may not always afford the Sailor the enough time to make changes to their records."
This transition will take place in two phases. PSD Bangor began the first phase of its relocation by moving its transients and separations, travel claims processing, receipts, educational services office, and reenlistments departments Dec. 3.
The second phase will commence the second week of December and will involve customer service, service records maintenance and Bangor CAC/ID cards issuance departments.
"It's going to be much more beneficial for the Sailor when PSD moves back over to Bangor," said Raulsome. "This means they won't have to make such a long haul and fight against the odds to get their records updated."
"I think it will be a very good idea having PSD over here, because Sailors won't have to travel so far to have their service records updated," said Electronics Technician 1st Class (SS) Jared Kelly, from Submarine Development Squadron 5 on NBK-Bangor.
According to Raulsome, the expected completion of the consolidation and relocation to Bangor will be done by early 2008.
"I know for the submariners who are stationed here at Bangor, this relocation will make it a whole lot smoother for them to take care of their personnel needs," said Sonar Technician 2nd Class (SS) Keegan Kailey of Trident Training Facility, Bangor. "The relocation will make the lives of so many Sailors much more hassle-free and will be more beneficial to all in the long run."
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