April brings dining facility improvements, temporary pay bump for Airmen

by Staff Sgt. Jasmonet D. Jackson, 8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Stripes Korea

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- The O’Malley dining facility at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea closes its doors starting Thursday, April 5 with a scheduled reopen date of Friday, June 1, 2018, driving a temporary Basic Allowance for Subsistence pay increase for some Airmen stationed here.

The DFAC will undergo hood and duct renovations through this time period and the closure will result in pay changes for all enlisted members currently on meal card status.

Normally, not all members receive BAS, due to meals provided at the DFAC. The allowance is normally deducted from those with meal cards along with a reduced Cost of Living Allowance rate.

During the DFAC closure, all enlisted members will receive full BAS and COLA.

Meal card holders affected by the closure should see pay changes on their 15 April Leave and Earnings Statement.

Due to a number of moving parts and the risk of overpayments or underpayments during this period, representatives from the 8th Comptroller Squadron ask that supervisors talk their Airmen about the importance of budgeting and financial responsibility.

“Start mentoring and letting your people know now, that they will be getting paid a little extra than normal, but the caveat is, they will need to use that extra money to buy their own food,” said Staff Sgt. Emile Navarro, 8th CPTS financial service technician. “Please stay in touch with your troops so they are not spending all of their money on things other than food.”

Some of ways to mitigate negative impacts includes:

· Remain knowledgeable as to how the DFAC closure affects you

· Review your LES every two weeks

· Avoid spending money you think may have been overpaid on

If you have any further questions or concerns, please refer to the BAS/BAS II fact sheet provided by the CPTS or call them at DSN 315-782-6636.

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