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ARLINGTON, Va. — Military families whose sponsor is deployed for 120 days or more and whose home of record is outside the continental United States can now fly home aboard Air Force transport.

Families are allowed to use military space-available, or Space-A, flights to go to their official homes of record when their sponsors were deployed — but until now, the flights were restricted to the lower 48 states.

But on Dec. 6, the policy was expanded to include not only Hawaii and Alaska, but any location outside the U.S. where military aircraft flies.

The rule was changed in recognition of the fact that a “significant number of military personnel” have spouses and extended families that do not live in the continental U.S., Lt. Col. Michael R. Holmes, an official in the office of the assistant deputy undersecretary of Defense for transportation policy, said in a Dec. 18 new release.

Family members using Space-A transport under the new policy also require a letter verifying the servicemember’s deployment, signed by the sponsor’s commander, the release said. Family members under age 18 must be accompanied by an eligible parent or legal guardian.

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