Passport Outreach prepares Airmen for travel

Story and photo by Senior Airman Caitlin O

The 786th Force Support Squadron, in conjunction with Army partners, and the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt joined forces Nov. 7 as they hosted the Passport Outreach Day at the in-processing facility on Ramstein.

“Passport Outreach Day is where folks can renew passports or apply for a passport for themselves or for their babies,” said Tech. Sgt. Lindy Demming, 786th FSS promotions.

The event gave KMC members the chance to receive expedited service for passport applications. Usually, the passport process takes between four to six weeks to be approved, but the Passport Outreach Program decreases wait time substantially.

“A lot of people take advantage of the Passport Outreach Program as it cuts the time in which you receive your passport in half,” Demming said.

Consulate representatives were on site to receive passport applications and consular reports of birth abroad. CRBA applications are for infants born outside the U.S., and because a passport is necessary for an infant as well, the application is generally completed at the same time.

All services were available on a walk-in basis. In order to process applications quickly, all that’s asked is for people to be prepared with requested documents along with the set fee.

Along with the 786th FSS, there were consulate representatives from Social Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services, and Retiree Activities offices available to answer any questions customers had.

“This is a great opportunity for military members to get their passports fast,” said Annette Caulfield, U.S. Consulate passport and citizens assistant. “It enables them to submit the necessary paperwork and gets them out traveling the world that much sooner.”

For more information on passport procedures at Ramstein, visit the passport office in Bldg. 2106, Room 110, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.