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Overseas assignment… Can my family members come?

Posted 12/15/2010   Updated 12/15/2010 Email story   Print story


Commentary by Tech. Sgt. Kimberly Long
5th Medical Support Squadron

12/15/2010 - MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- The overseas clearance process is complex and may be more in-depth than many realize.

When an Air Force Global Strike Command and Team Minot active duty member receives notice of an assignment, possibly accompanied by an out-processing checklist, it is of the utmost importance for the member to come to the overseas clearance office immediately.

Members will receive an AF Form 1466 (Request for Family Member's Medical and Education Clearance for Travel) that must be signed off by medical group personnel. However, this is not automatic and involves a timely process; therefore, it is crucial for the member to speak with someone from our office as soon as possible.

It is important to keep in mind that although the servicemember may have been selected for an accompanied tour, clearances are not automatic and the member's family will need to be cleared by medical professionals prior to receiving orders. This will allow family members to relocate with the Airman.

Each family member the active-duty servicemember is requesting relocation to the overseas assignment for must be medically cleared, to include any special needs that must be addressed. There may be a need for additional medical or educational appointments.

After all appointments have been completed, the 1466, along with the required health documents, will be forwarded to the gaining base's medical treatment facility, where the decision to accept any family member with health issues will be made.

Please allow ample time for the completion of this phase of the process. If the servicemember or their family members' needs cannot be met at that location, assignments may be cancelled or changed from an accompanied to an unaccompanied tour.

Please keep in mind, this process in its entirety may take several months, allowing for medical appointments, record reviews and whatever additional information that may be needed.

For questions or concerns, please contact Wanda Wigness at 723-5736.

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