Straight Scoop -- Who can use the BX gas station?

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  • 71st Flying Training Wing
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Issue: I noticed a civilian gassing up at the BX gas station this morning. He seemed to be under the misconception that he could use it as long as it was a credit card purchase. I'm under the impression that this is not an isolated case. Perhaps a warning could be communicated to all base personnel. Thanks.

Response: Thank you for bringing this issue to my attention. Although the service station is not scrutinized in the same way as the Base Exchange, the same rules of patronage apply. In order to buy gas on base, you must hold a valid military ID; meaning active duty and Reserve military and their dependants and retirees and their dependants are the only ones eligible to use the station, no matter the means of payment. This also means that military members should not buy gas for their civilian and contractor counterparts. Civilian employees and contractors, while invaluable to the Vance mission, are not bound by the same set of guidelines and are therefore not entitled to the same benefits as military members. I appreciate your cooperation in this matter and ask that you would continue to support Vance Airmen with your vigilance and encourage others to do the right thing.