With a new requirement that Temporary Military Lodging facilities need to be self-sustaining, the Lodging Department of the Air Force decided to close nine facilities across the United States.
AFIMSC Public Affairs ~ "JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- The Department of the Air Force is divesting lodging operations at nine installations and right-sizing facility capacity at others to meet a Defense Department requirement that all lodging is self-sustaining without taxpayer funding.
In a 2020 memorandum, DoD directed the conversion of temporary duty and permanent change of station lodging to fully non-appropriated fund (NAF) operations. While not-for-profit, this means AF Lodging operations are required to be self-sustaining without the support of appropriated, or taxpayer, funds.
The Air Force Services Center, who manages the lodging program, conducted a review of lodging operations across the DAF and identified for closure lodging facilities at Los Angeles AFB, California; Arnold AFB, Tennessee; Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts; Tinker AFB and Vance AFB, Oklahoma; Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota; Offutt AFB, Nebraska; Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida; and Pittsburg ARB, Pennsylvania.
Timelines for divestitures will vary based on installation circumstances; however, the overall goal is to begin phasing out reservations by the end of November 2022 with all closure actions complete by mid FY23". ~ AFIMSC Public Affairs.
We don't know the fate of all of the Inns that are being divested, but the Wingo Inn at Arnold AFB in Tennessee will be converting to recreational lodging, to be overseen by Outdoor Recreation staff.
MacArthur Inn at Los Angeles AFB is no longer taking reservations. Hanscom Inn stopped taking reservations this past summer and responded that they are closed in an email to our editorial team this past July.
We will work to keep you updated on the rest as information becomes available.