The Patriot Express (PE) will start flying passengers between Andersen Air Force Base, Guam and the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on a recurring basis this Spring.
The Patriot Express, also known as the “Rotator” or “Cat B flight”, is a Department of Defense contracted commercial charter flight which provides international support to travelers on official duty and their families. The PE also provides Space-Available travel opportunities for eligible members. Flights between Andersen and Seattle will take place bi-weekly during a six month Proof-of-Principle scheduled to begin in March. The route will include a servicing stop in Hawaii, but passengers and cargo are not expected to be permitted to on or off-load during transit at that location.
“The Patriot Express will provide a much needed service to the military families on Guam,” said Mrs. Cindi Boswell, spouse to the 36th Wing Commander. “Relying on commercial airfare during a PCS to Guam can be extremely expensive, especially if the family is going to be moving with pets.” This commercial charter flight is expected to help defray both government costs associated with PCS travel and personal costs of transporting pets.
Military members and their dependents in PCS or TDY status will make travel reservations through their installation Transportation Office.
Families in PCS status are authorized to transport their pets (cats and dogs only) on the PE for a nominal fee, but are limited to two pets per family. Additionally, pet capacity will be limited based on the carrier’s cargo configuration. Pet reservations are made through the passenger’s installation Transportation Office, and passengers are responsible for obtaining and meeting all pet shipment requirements, quarantine, and fees associated with the shipment of their pet(s). Pet transportation is not authorized for Space A travel.
“Flying back to the states from Guam can be very expensive,” said Boswell. “For our junior Airmen, the cost can sometimes be too high to make a trip home for holidays or special events but with the rotator coming through on a consistent basis, we hope that the increased Space A travel opportunity will open that door for our Airmen and their families to make it home more easily.”