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Team V members urged to recertify dependents

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Air Force announced recently that all military members who are currently receiving with dependent rate basic allowance for housing must recertify their dependent by Dec. 31.

According to an article onthe Air Force's official website, 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 Air Force spends annually on BAH is fully auditable.

Members are required to bring specific documents to their local finance office in order to prevent a change to their BAH amount.

"Members who are married must provide a copy of their marriage certificate to complete their recertification," said Senior Airman Logan Anderson, 30 CPTS customer service technician. "If the member is single but claiming a dependent child, they must bring in a divorce decree or a notarized agreement between both parties stating custody or the amount of child support paid on behalf of the dependent child. Finance will also need a copy of the child's birth certificate."

Having the dependent at the appointment will not suffice for this recertification.

"Proper documentation as outlined above must be utilized for this recertification," Anderson said. "The finance office is unable to accept Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System verification documents to fulfill this requirement."

Thirtieth CPTS officials urge members to recertify as soon as possible.

"Appointments are not needed and the recertification process has already begun here," said Master Sgt. Kevin Tucker, 30 CPTS deputy flight chief. "The finance office is currently accepting all recertification documents and we suggest completing this requirement as soon as possible to avoid an adverse effect on members pay and early completion will avoid financial hardship in the future."

For more information or questions regarding the recertification process, call 606-4606.