A US Senator from North Carolina calls on the senior civil servant in the US Army to investigate the situation in the Fort Bragg barracks immediately.
In one Letter to U.S. Army Secretary Christine Wormuth, Republican Senator Thom Tillis, said a Fort Bragg soldier recently turned to his office with photo evidence of Schimmel in the Fort Bragg barracks.
“I’ve noticed that many unattended housing developments in Fort Bragg, North Carolina are struggling with mold and outdated infrastructure,” Tillis wrote.
In Tillis’ letter to Wormuth, he wrote that the latest photos were not the first case of barrack worries.
In October 2020, around 200 soldiers from the 528th Special Operations Sustainment Brigade of the 1st Special Forces Command were temporarily relocated after defective heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems caused moisture and mold in two barracks buildings.
According to Tilli’s letter, the soldier who provided the recent photos of mold claimed that officials from the Fort Bragg Public Works Department told him they would not address the issue.
In a statement to the Fayetteville Observer, Fort Bragg garrison commander Col. Scott Pence said that Fort Bragg leaders have found no reports âto support allegations that the Fort Bragg Directorate of Public Works has refused to make a reported one Treating the problem of mold all in one “. our barracks. “
“Any report of mold in our barracks is high on our priority list and an urgent response is needed,” said Pence. “On average, all molds reported in the Fort Bragg barracks are completely eliminated by our Public Works Directorate within five days.”
Mold was identified in two barracks buildings and immediately fixed earlier this year in January, said Maj. Gen. Christopher Donahue, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division.
“We take these types of issues very seriously and are constantly inspecting our paratroopers’ barracks to make sure they meet the high standards they deserve, just as we did after the historic 1st Brigade deployment in Afghanistan in August” said Donahue in a statement. “Taking care of our paratroopers is a priority for all managers in this department, which we focus on every day.”
Pence said a joint inspection conducted this week by the Public Works Directorate and the 82nd Airborne Division found no mold.
With more than 55,000 active service members at Fort Bragg making it the largest Amy installation by population, Tillis wrote that it “will remain of unique importance as a ‘spearhead’ for the Department of Defense” as it prepares for strategic competition with peer competition.
“So I urge the Department of the Army to continue the ongoing barracks recapitalization efforts throughout the Army and to deal immediately with barracks conditions,” Tillis wrote. “Letting soldiers live in moldy and unsafe shelters is a threat to the country.”
He commended army officials for focusing on modernizing residential buildings and barracks, and recognizing the importance of ensuring that soldiers have “access to decent housing.”
Tillis said as a member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, he will work to ensure the army receives funding to modernize and replace substandard barracks by 2030.
Pence said 24 of Fort Bragg’s oldest barracks will either be refurbished or will be refurbished in 2022.
“Any renovations will correct original design problems that make mold more likely,” said Pence.
The representative, Rachael Riley, can be reached at [email protected] or 910-485-3528.
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