by Tech. Sgt. James M. Hodgman
U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Public Affairs
4/10/2014 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- More
than 16,000 U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Airmen must
revalidate their dependents to continue receiving basic housing
allowance or overseas housing allowance at the with-dependent rate. This
requirement also applies to military members occupying family housing.
The command's revalidation efforts are part of the Air Force's
service-wide mandate for Airmen to revalidate their dependents by Dec.
31, 2014. The command's goal is to have all revalidations completed by
This one-time, Air Force wide recertification process will allow the Air
Force to validate Airmen's basic allowance for housing entitlements,
ensuring every dollar of the $5.4 billion the service spends annually on
BAH is fully auditable, said Master Sgt. Temeka M. Stewart,
USAFE-AFAFRICA Financial Management financial operations manager.
The Innovation and Transformation Office is leading the command's
revalidation efforts and has developed a plan for all Airmen to
revalidate their dependents, said Lt. Col. Stephen Cristofori,
USAFE-AFAFRICA ITO deputy chief.
According to the plan, base comptroller squadrons will establish a
schedule for comptrollers to meet with individual Airmen to revalidate
dependents. Airmen will then be notified of their revalidation
appointment time and informed what supporting documentation will be
At those appointments, recertification will be accomplished on the spot,
Cristofori said. "The whole process should take no more than 10
To revalidate dependents, Airmen must complete Air Force Form 594,
Application and Authorization to Start, Stop, or Change Basic Allowance
for Quarter or Dependency Determination. The form, along with
step-by-step instructions, resources to locate supporting documentation
and frequently asked questions can be found at the USAFE-AFAFRICA website in the spotlights section.
Airmen can also find this information on the USAFE-AFAFRICA ITO
Dependent Revalidation page on the USAFE-AFAFRICA Portal; however, a
common access card is required to access the site.
Once the form is completed, Airmen must print it without signing it.
Then, they should bring the completed unsigned form, their military
identification card and all required supporting documentation to their
revalidation appointment. Supporting documentation must be in its
original form as copies won't be accepted. To minimize the inconvenience
to Airmen, they do not need to go to their finance
office--USAFE-AFAFRICA comptroller squadrons will send representatives
to their units in the near future.
Airmen should visit the website and wait for official notification prior
to contacting their local finance office, Cristofori said.
Additionally, Airmen should find their supporting documents now.
"Finding marriage and birth certificates can be difficult given the
number of moves we in the military have," Cristofori said. "Hopefully,
people keep their important documents organized in a safe place. If they
can't find them, now is the time to reach out to the counties, cities,
states and possibly countries to get them."
Supporting documentation includes marriage certificates, birth
certificates for dependent children, divorce decrees and approved
Defense Finance and Accounting Service letters authorizing secondary
Cristofori also stressed the command is finalizing a process
specifically for deployed Airmen and members of geographically separated
units. However, he said the most important thing Airmen can do now, is
obtain the required documentation they need to revalidate dependents.
The revalidation is being done to ensure the Air Force is audit ready as
a result of a Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness mandate
outlined in the FY 2010 National Defense Authorization, Stewart said.
"When we say the Air Force is not audit compliant, that doesn't mean
that money is missing or misspent," said Doug Bennett, deputy assistant
secretary of the Air Force for financial operations. It means supporting
documentation entitling members for with dependent rate BAH or OHA is
Cristofori also emphasized the command will work with individual unit
leadership to help Airmen complete the revalidation process.
"Our Airmen are vital to our mission and are our most important asset,"
Cristofori added. "We know our Airmen are focused on the mission and
they have personal commitments they must keep. We are going to do all we
can to ensure they complete the revalidation process with as little
stress as possible so their pay will be unaffected."
Airmen can find instructions and many answers to revalidation questions by visiting the USAFE-AFAFRICA website or the USAFE-AFAFRICA Portal.