Spangdahlem recertifies dependent allowances

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Spangdahlem is getting a jump start on an Air Force-wide initiative to ensure families are receiving the correct pay.

The Dependent Status Recertification Plan focuses on Base Allowance for Housing and Overseas Housing Allowances for all Airmen with family members. The Secretary of the Air Force Family Member Program initiated this policy in April to assure Air Force financial audit readiness.

"The revalidation will allow us to guarantee every member with dependents is receiving the correct rate of BAH/OHA entitlement," said Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kenner Sagorsor, 52nd Comptroller Squadron Financial Management flight chief. "This ensures every penny the Air Force spends on this entitlement is fully accounted and auditable."

In order to check accuracy, every member in the Air Force with dependents will need to complete an AF Form 594, Application and Authorization to start, stop or change basic allowance for quarters or dependency redetermination, and provide the original or certified copy of marriage certificates or dependent birth certificates to verify the primary dependent, Sagorsor explained.

The deadline for all U.S. Air Forces in Europe command bases is Oct. 31, 2014, but Spangdahlem is kicking off their efforts next week. The 52nd CPTS Airmen aim to process 300 base members per day to accomplish this task as quickly and efficiently as possible.

In order to streamline the process of recertifying dependents, units will have designated times to bring their AF Form 594 along with supporting documents to Bldg. 103. They will hold mass recertification May 12-14, 19-21.

The CPTS team has assigned a designated day for each group and time slots are based on the first letter of members' last names:

May 13: 52nd Wing Staff Agencies
May 14: 52nd Medical Group, 52nd Operations Group
May 19, 20: 52nd Mission Support Group, 726th Air Mobility Squadron
May 21: 52nd Maintenance Group, Office of Special Investigations, American Forces Network, all others

Everyone is reminded that all forms must be printed out and brought to their appointment; documents must be signed in front of a certifier and ensure the corresponding date matches date of certification; only original or certified documents will be accepted; all documentation must match information uploaded into the systems.

Any missing vital record, such as birth or marriage certificates can be found here. The AF Form 594 can be found here.

For more information or to find out scheduled times, members are encouraged to contact unit first sergeants.