zoe e gray (email@example.com)
Thu, 19 Jun 1997 15:09:41 -0500
In regards to the problems that everyone has been having ordering
from Norfolk I called several times and was able to glean the following
information. It requires some work on your part!
Spoke with procurement clerk Fritzi Mickiewicz at Uniform Support Center,
Chesapeake-Virginia. Was given the following information....someone
(unknown) has ruled that BSA, Sea Cadets and all other youth
organizations using navy uniforms will from this day forward have to send
a (totally new) letter on the ship's letter head stating the leaders
(skippers) position, name, name of organization, (as in Boy Scouts of
America, Sea Explorer Ship 000 etc.) social security number of the
skipper ... and including the names and social security numbers of all
members who are authorized for uniform purchase. The letter should
specifically say that "the following
(......) are authorized to purchase (blah, blah, blah.) The group leader
will also be required to send with the letter a copy of the charter of
the organization. These will be sent to Fritzi (see above) at FAX #
757-420-7987. She had no idea what the "UNIT NUMBER" requirement was all
about but she did say that orders and directions from management were
changing week to week and that all she knew was that they were updating
their files and it did not matter that we sent them all of the above just
few weeks ago.
You can still call the 1-800-368-4088 number to order but you have to
in for the procurement office (number 7) and ask for Fritzi who is only
there from 9:00 a.m. till 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Each parent can use their own charge card number and have the uniform
to their own address - at least until someone down there dreams up yet
another way to create chaos.
I dug up this information specifically for our ship but I think (at least
on the East Coast) that everyone can use it. I have tried with no success
to get us on some sort of "need to know" list so that we could keep up
with these (apparently random, whimsical and spurious) changes and
executive decisions but my pleas have fallen on deaf ears. I will try to
update this info from time to time as I encounter roadblocks. Enjoy
reading the e-mail and at some point will get up enough courage to put in
my two cents worth. In the meantime use the spell check.
Sara Gray, Property Chair
Columbia, Maryland, USA