The Property Book Officer (PBO) is no doubt one of the most important jobs in any organization. While they aren’t out doing the most exciting things, we officers know that property accountability is one of our biggest tasks! AR 710-2 is the PBO Bible and I would recommend that every officer familiarize themselves with it, or at least know how to access this, no matter what branch you are or what type of unit you are in. Supply and property accountability are an essential part of any unit. A PBO can be anywhere from the unit/organizational levels on up to the division level. They will have an NCO or two on their team and all of them work together to ensure seamless operations.
My first experience with a PBO was when I was a team chief for the Aviation PBO on ADOS orders during the summer of 2007. I didn’t really know what he did until I was brought on orders to work for him. He taught me how to use PBUSE, turn in equipment, interact with CIF, and a host of other things that I never thought I would have to do in the Army! In fact, it is because of him that I got my federal technician job, so I owe him a world of thanks. Not only did he manage the Aviation Property Book, he did a lot with the fiscal side of things – primarily with aviation fuel dollars. I know the State Army Aviation Officer (SAAO) relies on him for a lot, which is saying something. Our PBO was an NCO with a wide range of experience both in and out of the aircraft that ended up becoming a warrant officer.
This leads me to my next point about PBOs. Generally, they are all very experienced Supply Sergeants (92Y) that became Warrant Officers for a reason! If you have a question about the property book, equipment, property accountability, lateral transfers, turn-in of excess equipment, and other related topics; they are the subject matter expert that should be able to help you. They can be found at every level in your state, and it would be a good idea to get to know who they are and introduce yourself. My experience has been that they made it as a PBO for a reason, and even if it isn’t the most sexy job, they take pride in what they do.
How many of you have experience as a PBO? I would love to hear about it.