JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. —
Joint Base Langley-Eustis’ Crossbow Dining Facility is scheduled to reopen Aug. 1, 2018, after a six-month long closure for building renovations.
Upgrades valued at more than $1.1 million focused on including new floors, ceilings, a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, a locker room, restrooms, and an office equipped with workstations for facility employees.
The reopening also prompts significant financial changes for Airmen living in the base dorms.
Effective Aug. 1, Airmen who have been receiving Basic Allowance for Subsistence and BAS-type two due to the dining facility closure will no longer be eligible for those allowances. The deductions will be reflected on the Leave and Earnings Statement for Aug. 30.
“Airmen need to know that they are going to see a drastic decrease on their Aug. 15 paycheck,” said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Rasheem Cephas, 633rd Comptroller Squadron financial operations flight chief. “This is especially critical for Airmen who were assigned to JBLE during the dining facility closure. They have only seen paychecks with the extra allowances so they will have to readjust and budget for that.”
According to the 633rd CPTS finance office, Airmen with pay adjustment concerns should talk to their supervisors and First Sergeants as a first step toward resolving the issue. The finance customer service office is also available 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday for appointments and walk-ins or assistance over the phone.
“Pay adjustments like this are not like turning a light switch on and off,” said Cephas. “It’s not something we control at base-level, but we are making a point to remain updated with the dining facility management, dorm management, and squadron First Sergeants to work for the smoothest transition for our Airmen.”
While the Crossbow renovations may cause finance issues for some Airmen, the project came as a relief for those who work in the dining facility. The major renovations, such as the HVAC system, will allow dining facility employees’ to work comfortably and more efficiently.
“These upgrades are going to improve the work environment for those who work in the kitchen,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Charles Boyce, 633rd Force Support Squadron food service superintendent. “I think most people only care about what they see in the front of the house operations and don’t consider what the day-to-day quality is like for the back of the house workers. We need to take care of those Airmen too.”
Once the dining facility operations are resumed, it is important for Airmen to be aware of paycheck amounts and follow-up on any discrepancies.
“The best thing Airmen can do is pay close attention to their LES’ and make sure their allowances have been properly adjusted,” said Cephas. “If they are still receiving BAS allowances without any deductions on Aug. 30, they need to bring that to our attention. It’s better to catch the mistake as early as possible.”