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United States Navy
PSC 466 Box 2
FPO British Indian Ocean Territory 96595
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MISSION: U.S. Navy Support Facility Diego Garcia's mission is to provide critical support to U.S. and allied forces forward deployed to the Indian Ocean, while supporting multi-theater forces operating in the CENTCOM, AFRICOM, EUCOM, and PACOM areas of responsibilities in support of overseas contingency operations.
VISION: To continue providing top quality logistic support to operational forces forward deployed to the Indian Ocean and AOR’s in support of national policy objectives. Navy support facility Diego Garcia occupies a critical part on the "tip of the spear" for U.S. Military forces by supporting a multitude of unique and challenging mission requirements. Our motto is: "One Island, One Team, One Mission!"
Entry into Diego Garcia is restricted, requiring area clearance by U.S. Navy Support Facility Diego Garcia. Only unaccompanied military and DoD civilian personnel, or authorized contractors may be assigned to the island. Neither military nor DoD couples are allowed concurrent assignments to Diego Garcia. As a British territory, all military and civilian personnel residing on the island come under BIOT law and administration. These laws differ from those in the United States.
Tours in Diego Garcia are one year long. Extensions may be available for both officer and enlisted personnel. Some civilian personnel have been in DG for as long as 15 years.
The Diego Garcia Ombudsman Family Support Program's mission is to facilitate communications from the Command and the Island of Diego Garcia to family members and vice versa, passing along information so that family members are kept well informed. Family members will be able to reach out to the Command by contacting the Education Services Facilitator to be connected to the Command Ombudsman. The Ombudsman will provide a direct link to the Command and Commanding Officer on family issues and concerns. The Ombudsman can also refer family members to resources, programs, and services in the area where they live. Contact the Education Services Facilitator at DSN 315-370-4626 or internationally 011-246-370-4626, or online.
Allowances payable while stationed in Diego Garcia are as follows:
Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) with Dependents - Payable for members with dependents residing in CONUS. The rate is based on either the member’s last permanent duty station or the dependent's location in accordance with the JFTR Volume 1 Chapter 10.
Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) Difference - Payable to single members who are paying court-ordered child support and support being paid is verifiable.
Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) partial - Payable to single members occupying government quarters (barracks) who are not entitled to either BAH W/Dependent or BAH DIFF.
Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA) - Payable for members with dependents residing OCONUS. Requires a valid lease agreement, and a completed DD FORM 2367 signed by the appropriate Housing Office and the Regional approval authority. For example, a member with dependents in the Philippines would be approved by the Housing Office in Yokosuka, Japan and CNRJ.
Family Separation Allowance (FSA) -- Paid to members with primary dependents and members married to another member. The current monthly amount is $250.00.
Hardship Duty Pay -- for all members stationed in Diego Garcia. The current monthly amount is $150.00.
Only members with dependents are entitled to BAH when assigned government quarters. Single members are only entitled to BAH Partial or BAH Difference when paying child support.
Diego Garcia is not a tax-free zone.
SCUBA Diving and Spear Fishing
British environmental protection laws prohibit scuba diving and spearfishing in the waters of Diego Garcia. Snorkeling is permitted and offers an excellent way to see the fabulous marine life and beautiful coral formations in the lagoon. There are more than 700 varieties of fish in the water. Fins, mask and snorkel may be checked-out at the Marina or purchased from the Ship's store.
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 315 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.
For immediate emergency assistance, call the BIOT police at 911 or contact the Security Office at 315-370-4611 (non-emergencies).
For the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Victim Advocate, call 315-380-4605 or dial 106 from any landline on the island.
For the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), contact 315-380-4023 or 011-246-380-4023, 24/7 duty cell: 315-380-4023.
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