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Military Couples Can Serve Concurrent Short Tours at Kunsan

A formation of F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 8th Fighter Wing at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, flies in close formation near the base on Friday, April 28, 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Richard Freeland)
A formation of F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 8th Fighter Wing at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, flies in close formation near the base on Friday, April 28, 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Richard Freeland)

Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas -- A recent policy change will enable active duty military couples to serve concurrently at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Air Force officials said March 25.

Join spouse assignments to dependent-restricted overseas locations where accompanied housing is not available - such as Kunsan - are not currently authorized. The policy change approving join spouse at Kunsan, however, will allow members to serve 12-month unaccompanied tours simultaneously with their military spouses.

"Approximately 50 Wolf Pack Airmen each year spend significant portions of their tours travelling between Kunsan and Osan to be with their military spouses," said Col. Ken Ekman, 8th Fighter Wing commander. "Our military couples make significant sacrifices to serve our Air Force. Separation during their assignments to Korea should not be one of them. This policy change represents an important step toward caring for the 8th Fighter Wing's most precious resource, our Wolf Pack Airmen."

Airmen approved for concurrent assignments to Kunsan will still get short tour credit and are eligible to apply for a follow-on assignment.

Until updates can be made to the military personnel data system, requests for a join spouse assignment to Kunsan will be implemented by exception, said Bill Houston, Air Force Personnel Center Family Member Travel Manager.

Enlisted members interested in join spouse assignments to Kunsan should update their preference in the virtual MPF, using the join spouse code "A." Officers will communicate their assignment preferences via the Airman Development Plan, and will work with AFPC assignment teams, said Houston.

Kunsan is still a dependent-restricted location, so members will not be able to bring their non-military dependent family members.

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