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Why does Holloman AFB treat Drone students differently?

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     Holloman Air Force Base, in Alamogordo, NM recently published a policy memo on October 30th, 2015 restricting all Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) students from living off-base during their Temporary Duty Assignments.  

Does this policy affect F-16 fighter training students?  NO.  

Does this policy affect German F-4 fighter training students?  NO.

This policy is directed ONLY towards RPA students.  

    We don’t believe this policy is based on military necessity and will adversely affect not only all RPA students, but also the local community and several service-member-owned (active and retired) businesses.

     Furthermore, this policy is not in accordance with the Joint Travel Regulation (JTR) that states, under 2560 GOV’T QTRS AVAILABLE:

“A member who uses other lodging as a personal choice, when adequate Gov’t Qtrs use is directed and are available on that U.S Installation, is limited to the Gov’t Qtrs lodging reimbursement cost on the U.S. Installation to which assigned TDY”

     We believe the policy is unduly restricting hundreds of RPA students' personal choice and forcing them to stay in small rooms offering marginally sufficient accommodations.  Many dorm rooms only provide a mini fridge and a microwave as the sole means of cooking for over six months; a problem that will persist with growing delays in training.  This problem is further amplified for students who must travel with their families, even if the family is not listed on the member’s orders.

      The local community will suffer a drop in commerce across many sectors if students are required to live and shop on base.  The city of Alamogordo is dependent upon Holloman AFB and the revenue brought by the influx of RPA students to the area.  Every business, from the movie theater, local restaurants, and gas stations are sure to see a drop in commerce with this policy.  This decision will adversely affect the community relationships previous predecessors have built.

     Please help us overturn the policy and allow students to seek lodging of their own choosing and give freedom of choice back to the men and women that will shortly be fighting for freedom everyday.   

Sincerely,

  Concerned Military Members and Civilians



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