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NEWS | July 16, 2013

Commander’s Action Line – DFAC carry-out trays

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

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COMMENT: Hi, I was calling to inquire about the carry out trays in the chow
hall. I was wondering if we could actually be charged 10 cents extra per
container, this way we could afford to have some in the cafeteria. I've
heard many complaints, if you could, please resolve this issue. Thank you.

RESPONSE: As a result of reductions mandated by the Budget Control Act and
sequestration, the Defense Department must cut $46 billion in FY 2013, which
will include at least $1.9 million in cuts here at Joint Base Charleston.

Joint Base Charleston leadership has thoroughly reviewed dozens of options
for generating nearly $2 million in savings, coordinating those decisions
will all affected mission partners. Although I realize that terminating the
take-out capability at the Dining Facility has caused some frustration to
our customers, the changes made to services and support were not rushed
decisions. We worked hard to preserve the most critical services and
support functions, mission requirements, and minimize impact to all Joint
Base customers.

Unfortunately in this particular case, the Air Force Personnel Services
Directorate determines pricing in all Dining Facilities. Therefore, an
increase in price to allow purchase of take-out containers is not an option.

Thank you for calling the Action Line.
Col. Richard McComb - Joint Base Charleston Commander