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United States Air Force
Airman and Family Readiness Center
Pyeongtaek Korea, Republic Of 459-122
The cost of living off-base varies with the exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and the Korean won. Rent can range from $500 p/mo for a one bedroom apartment to $2,000 for a four bedroom apartment. A Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) is paid based on your PCS status; accompanied with or w/out dependents and other factors. Fifty dollars Hardship Duty Pay is also paid to military members assigned to Osan. Visit your local A&FRC Personal Financial Consultant for assistance in estimating income and expenses for Osan AB. Use Pyeongtaek, South Korea for your reference in making comparisons.
Go to: https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/colaCalc.cfm, to calculate your overseas (OCONUS) COLA. Use "KOREA, OSAN AB, KR025" follow on-site instructions.
For USFK civilians: Living Quarters Allowance, (LQA) is not payable when an individual is hired overseas. Please contact your local Civilian Personnel Office for the most current information.
Q1. What is LQA?A1. LQA is provided to reimburse employees for suitable, adequate living quarters at posts where the U.S. Government does not provide quarters. LQA may be used to pay for rent, utilities, taxes, and related fees (see DSSR 131.2 for a complete listing).
On 8 January the ROK Government put in effect the policy below:
“Due to the worldwide spread of a new highly transmissible COVID-19 variant, all foreign visitors entering the Republic of Korea (ROK) will now be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or Abbot Brand ID Now). The only exemptions currently allowed by the ROK Government are:
This testing requirement is levied by the ROK Government and cannot be waived by the US Forces Korea, 7th Air Force or the 51st Fighter Wing. For the most up to date information visit http://overseas.mofa.go.kr/us-en/brd/ m_4500/list.do . We recommend utilizing Google Chrome because the native website is in Korean.
COVID Requirements for Entry into the Republic of South Korea **A negative COVID-19 test (PCR) result is required for all foreigners entering the ROK**
Due to the worldwide spread of a new highly transmissible COVID-19 variant, all foreign visitors and Korean Nationals entering the Republic of Korea will now be required to provide a proof of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR). Those who do not fulfill this requirement will be denied entry.
Effective 12:00 am, on February 24, 2021(KST), all travelers entering Korea, including Korean nationals, are required to submit a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results; negative PCR test results should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to their departure for Korea.
*Proof of a negative COVID-19 test must be presented to the airline personnel when a passenger boards an aircraft. Boarding will not be permitted for passengers without a negative COVID-19 test result issued within 72 hours. The test certification document must be in hard copy form issued in English or Korean. If it cannot be issued in either language, a supplemental translated version certifying the translation should be submitted along with the original test result. The test needs to be a viral nucleic acid detection test (such as PCR or LAMP); antigen or antibody test results will not be accepted.
The test result document should include the members full name, date of birth, (passport number or DODID number is acceptable in lieu of DOB), type of test, test date, test result, date issued, and the name of the laboratory or institution that issued the test result. The test result should be submitted to the quarantine authorities upon their arrival in the ROK. Infants and children under the age of 6 (as of the entry date) are exempted from submitting a test result certificate.
Note: Foreign nationals who fail to submit test results will be barred from entering. Korean citizens who do not submit negative PCR test results will be tested at a temporary living facility and be required to self-isolate for 14 days at their own expense. (editor note: ROKG advises this will not be with USFK)
Please download the "Osan Air Base" app for IOS and Android; for the most current information & resources.
COVID-19 Critical Information resources:
Osan Web Page
Osan Air Base Facebook (@51stFW)
Camp Humphreys Facebook
Appointment Line/ER After Hours: DSN 784-DOCS/ DSN 784-2500
Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.
North Korea and South Korea are currently in a ceasefire status. The Osan AB mission is "Ready To Fight Tonight". The base is on watch 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is awareness and education for the possible evacuation of non-combatants.
To call Songtan phone numbers from Osan AB, dial "99" plus the local number. Also, to reach Osan AB from other cities in Korea dial 031-661 (784 DSN prefixes) or 031-660 (0505-122-XXXX. From the U.S., dial 011-82-31-661-XXXX; DSN 315-784-XXXX or 011-82-31-0505-122-XXXX).
Passports and Visas
Ensure member and/or dependents have the required passports and/or visa prior to final out-processing. Member and/or dependents are not allowed to final out-process without the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents. Members electing the accompanied tour will not be permitted to out-process without having the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.
These actions are necessary to prevent unforeseen hardships to the military members and their families. Therefore, as a last reiteration, it is essential, members do not out-process without having the appropriate passports/visas for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.
Team Osan and Why We're Here -- Osan Air Base, located just 48 miles south of the Korean DMZ, is home to the "Mustangs" 51st Fighter Wing and 24 tenant units, including Seventh Air Force. As the most forward deployed permanently-based wing in the Air Force, the 51st Fighter Wing is charged with providing mission-ready Airmen to execute combat operations and receive follow-on forces. Our wing with its 24 PAA, F-16 and A-10 squadrons, along with a C-12 airlift flight and a myriad of base support agencies conducts the full spectrum of missions providing for the defense of the Republic of Korea. Every member of the Osan team is vital in maintaining stability in Northeast Asia. Due to our location, critical mission requirements, and continuous turnover; each inbound member must be prepared for quick assimilation and mission-focused before departing losing base and soon after arriving at Osan AB, ROK.
Osan Air Base (AB) is one of two major airfields operated by the U.S. in Korea and the only USAF facility in the Republic of Korea (ROK) entirely planned and built by the U.S. from scratch during the Korean War. The base is located 4.7 miles southwest of the town of Osan, for which it is named, and 40 miles south of Seoul, the capital city. Prior to the invasion of the Republic of Korea by the North Korean communists in 1950, the area consisted of several tiny farming villages near the hillsides and a large number of rice paddie areas where the runway now lies. A large ginko tree marked the village square of one of these villages and still stands on a hill in the base golf course.
Established in November 1951, the base was originally named Osan-ni Air Base (but more often referred to by its "K-55" airfield designation) in November 1951. The first base commander chose the name "Osan-ni" for practical reasons, as it was the only village shown on military maps in the region and it was easy to pronounce. In 1952 the ROK government allowed the U.S. to acquire 1,250 acres for the air base. Throughout 1952, a aviation engineers constructed a 9,000-foot runway and base support facilities were constructed. On 26 December 1952, the Osan-ni's first operational flying unit and support elements of the 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing (FBW) arrived at the base, including advanced elements of the 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing. The 18 FBW conducted combat air operations from Osan-ni Air Base in support of United Nations ground forces throughout the Korean War, and provided post-war tactical air power until October 1954. Please visit the Osan Air Base homepage for more information.
Meanwhile, the 58th Fighter-Bomber Wing replaced the 18th FBW in March 1955, and assumed the air defense role with the F-86F. The wing remained the only permanently-based USAF tactical wing in Korea until July 1958. From that time, Pacific Air Forces rotated tactical fighter units into Osan AB over the next 13 years until the 36th Tactical Fighter Squadron was permanently assigned to Osan AB in November 1971 (Harrumph!). The 51st Fighter Wing (FW) was originally activated at Osan AB on 1 November 1971 as the 51st Air Base Wing. The "51st" designation has remained at Osan AB ever since. Osan transitioned to standby status and hosted only temporary duty or transient units involved in Pacific Air Forces tactical operations. The base became a permanent peacetime installation. Osan has hosted many types of fighter aircraft in its history. Today, the host 51st Fighter Wing flies the A-10 (Pilsung!) and F-16 fighter (Harrumph!) aircraft.
City of Osan: 194,000, City of Songtan:110, 000,City of Pyeongtaek: 427,000, Republic of Korea: 51M
Osan AB is located in the city of Songtan; Songtan merged with Pyeongtaek.
Osan Air Base is located in Pyongtaek City, Gyeonggi Do, South Korea. The base operator's phone number is 011-82-31-661-1110 or DSN 315-784-1110.
51 Force Support Squadron Bus Service from Incheon International Airport to Osan AB, Korea
When you arrive at Terminal 1, Incheon International Airport be sure to check-in at the Joint Forces Reception Center (JRC). After departing the customs and baggage claim area you will need to turn left and go to exit number 1. This is the JRC counter and they will advise you about bus service to Osan. The JRC phone numbers are DSN 315-723-8621/5586 or commercial 011-82-2-7913-8621/5586. The JRC in Terminal 2, Incheon International Airport is at the Arrival level, exit 3 (across from Paris Baguette). Hours are 24/7.
You can transfer between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 by free shuttle bus, which connects Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 and Terminal 2 to Terminal 1. It departs every 5 minutes. Total journey is about 15 up to 20 minutes. Stops: Terminal 1: Gate 8, third level. Terminal 2: Between Gate 4 and 5, third floor.
There is a 51 FSS bus, DSN 315-784-4254, that provides non-stop transportation to Osan Air Base from Incheon Airport, please see the information below.
The cost is $35.00 per person (cash only), one way. Please note also that pets are not allowed on the Services buses. Services has a van (9 Pax) which can be arranged in advance for transport of pets with the family (DSN: 315-784-4254). This service is available on weekdays only and the cost is $350. When used in conjunction with transporting dependents to Osan, it will be a reimbursable expense. FSS buses will drop you off at Turumi Lodge where you can check into your room.
Korean Express Bus (Airport Limousine) Service is available from Incheon International Airport to Osan AB, Korea. The bus is purple and has "Airport Limousine" written on its sides. Tickets cost 11,200 won and you can exchange currency in the airport.
Arrivals at Terminal 1, the bus departs from bus stop 7A at Exit 7 (from 0700-2240) for Songtan and the ticketing offices are located close to Exit 4 and 9 (Arrivals Hall), first level (indoor) and offices close to 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13 and 9C exit doors (outdoors).
Arrivals at Terminal 2, the bus departs from platform 41 at B1 (from 0640-2140) for Songtan and the ticketing offices located in the Traffic Center (B1).
Once you arrive at Songtan bus terminal you can call an AAFES taxi at 1544-9080 (from a cell phone) or you can take a Korean taxi to the front gate, then bring your bags in through the walking gate, then take a base taxi from the front gate to lodging. The easiest way to get from Incheon to Osan AB is taking the FSS bus at the JRC counter (info above). It is more expensive, but you will be reimbursed on your travel voucher.
Patriot Express flight from Seattle, WA to Osan AB, Korea
Members coming in on the patriot express from Seattle will arrive at the passenger terminal on the flight line at Osan AB, Korea. You will process through customs and pick-up luggage at the Osan AB terminal. Your sponsor or unit representative should meet you at the terminal and take you to Turumi Lodge or your dorm room. If no transportation is available from your unit, you may call a base taxi at 1544-9080 (from a cell phone) and they will take you to Turumi Lodge. Base taxis accept American currency and taxi fare is approximately $3 US dollars. Be sure to contact your sponsor prior to arrival so they will know the date/time of your arrival at Osan.
Please refer to the "Osan Air Base" app for the most current information, and be aware prices based on exchange rates fluctuates daily.
The Osan Base Shuttle Bus (free) runs 24/7; there are 2 routes; blue and orange. Check the Osan AB app, "Transportation" for more information. Express Bus between Yongsan Army Garrison (Seoul), Osan AB, and Camp Humphreys runs approximately every 2-hours between 0600 to 2130 on weekdays and approximately every hour between 0700 and 2130 on weekends and holidays. The cost is $6.25 or 7,000 won for adult and $3.10 or 3,500 won for child (under 12 years old) each way.
Off-base taxi fare starts at $2.67 (3,000 won) for the first 1.24 mile (2km) or 5 minutes. 10 cents for each additional 0.07 mile (113 meters) or 27 seconds (whichever comes first) and waiting time fee is 10 cents for every 27 seconds. 20% night time differential will be charged from 2400 to 0400. Won is required for taxi; exact change preferred.
The Osan Base Shuttle Bus runs every hour. Express Buses are available during "rush hour" for active duty in uniform only.A shuttle bus between Yongsan Army Garrison (Seoul) and Osan AB runs approximately every hour between about 0600 to 2130 on weekdays and approximately every hour between about 0700 and 2130 on weekends and holidays. The cost is $6.00 each way.
On base taxi fare starts at $2.30 for the first mile or 5 minutes. Each additional 22.5 percent of a mile or 90 seconds (whichever comes first) will cost another 30 cents.
011-82-31-661-1110 or DSN 315-784-1110
The Operator will connect you directly to your requested party if DSN lines are open.