Some 1st AD Families Get Higher Space-A Travel Priority
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, June 16, 2004 U.S. European Command has implemented a program that allows some family members to get a higher seating priority when they travel space- available on military planes from Ramstein and Rhein Main air bases in Germany to the United States.
The plan allows command-sponsored family members of Task Force 1st Armored Division service members whose tours of duty were extended beyond 365 days and who are currently serving in Iraq to travel "space-A" at a priority at the top of Category 3.
A plan implemented in 1999 already allows all EUCOM command-sponsored family members to travel space-A without their sponsor in Category 3 when their sponsors are deployed for 120 days or longer. This latest undertaking puts specific family members at the top of Category 3 "a sort of Category 3 plus," said Randall Jones, EUCOM quality of life office.
"Although the 1st Armored Division family members are still in a Category 3 travel status, this temporary measure, in effect, elevates them to the top of Category 3 and will enhance their space-A travel status," he said.
For family members to take advantage of this program, they must have a memorandum signed by the designated rear detachment commander, dated within seven days of the desired date of travel, containing the sponsor's name, social security number and date of deployment to Iraq, and a statement outlining the conditions that allow them this entitlement.
The initiative, approved by Air Force Gen. Charles F. Wald, EUCOM deputy commander, and good as long as the service member is deployed to Iraq, expires Aug. 31 and is intended to offer relief for those families who wish to return the United States while their sponsor is deployed. This elevation in priority applies only to flights originating from Ramstein or Rhein Main air bases in Germany with a destination to the United States. Return travel will be in accordance with pre-existing space-A policy.
Eligible family members who wish to take advantage of the program should contact their sponsor's unit orderly room for a copy of the memorandum.
(Courtesy of U.S. European Command.)