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Lodging rate increase is AF-wide

The Pine Tree Inn is one of the Air Force lodging facilities located at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. The nightly rate adjustment at this facility, and others Air Force-wide, is a move for base lodging to discontinue appropriated funds support and convert to a 100 percent non-appropriated funds operation, per a Department of Defense directive. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

The Pine Tree Inn is one of the Air Force lodging facilities located at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. The nightly rate adjustment at this facility, and others Air Force-wide, is a move for base lodging to discontinue appropriated funds support and convert to a 100 percent non-appropriated funds operation, per a Department of Defense directive. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. -- As of Jan. 1, the nightly rates at the base lodging facilities have increased as part of an Air Force-wide move to discontinue appropriated funds support and convert to a non-appropriated funds (NAF) operation.

The change, made in response to a Department of Defense directive, will benefit the Air Force Inns lodging program by making business operations more efficient and will make funds available for other priorities.

Along with this change, the Air Force may move current enlisted lodging personnel to alternative career fields within the services spectrum, effective Oct. 1. Civilian lodging personnel will not be affected as they are already NAF employees.

 “[At Ellsworth], the only person who would be affected is our lodging non-commissioned officer in charge,” said John Adkins, the 28th Force Support Squadron lodging manager. “Military personnel would still be here at lodging but only for training purposes. They won’t be here permanently.”

Lodging customers can expect facility upgrades over time via the NAF funds.

“It won’t happen right away,” said Adkins. “In 2024 we’re due for a remodel. More than likely it will include rooms and carpeting. Temporary lodging facilities will possibly get new appliances and flooring.”

The updated lodging rates are as follows:

$70 visiting officer quarters/visiting quarters

$77 temporary lodging facilities (additional $10 pet fee)

$79 distinguished visiting quarters

$83 large distinguished visiting quarters

The rate adjustment will allow the Air Force to maintain and improve its lodging facilities, while continuing to serve Airmen and their families. 

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