North Carolina senator concerned about living conditions at Fort Bragg

A US senator from North Carolina asks the military’s top civilian official to immediately deal with the conditions in the barracks at Fort Bragg.

In a letter to Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth, Republican Senator Thom Tillis said a soldier from Fort Bragg recently contacted his office with photographic evidence of mold in the Fort Bragg barracks.

“It has been brought to my attention that many unaccompanied housing facilities in Fort Bragg, North Carolina are experiencing issues due to mold and outdated infrastructure,” Tillis wrote.

In Tillis’ letter to Wormuth, he wrote that recent photos are not the first example of barracks issues.

In October 2020, around 200 soldiers from the 528th Special Operations Sustainment Brigade of the 1st Special Forces Command were temporarily relocated after faulty heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems caused humidity and humidity. mold in two barracks buildings.

Tillis’ letter stated that the soldier who provided the recent photos of mold claimed that officials from the Fort Bragg Department of Public Works told him they would not fix the problem.

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In a statement provided to The Fayetteville Observer, Fort Bragg garrison commander Col. Scott Pence said officials at Fort Bragg had found no report “consolidating the allegation that the Directorate of Public Works of Fort Bragg refused to deal with a reported mold problem in one of our barracks. “

“Every report of mold in our barracks is high on our priorities and receives an urgent response,” Pence said. “On average, all of the molds reported in the Fort Bragg barracks are completely removed by our public works department within five days. ”

The mold was identified in two barracks buildings and dealt with immediately earlier this year in January, said Major General 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 are maintained to the high standards they deserve, just as we did after the historic deployment of the 1st Brigade. in Afghanistan in August, ”Donahue said in a statement. declaration. “Taking care of our paratroopers is a primary concern of every leader in this division on which we focus daily. ”

Pence said a joint inspection by the Directorate of Public Works and the 82nd Airborne Division this week found no mold.

With more than 55,000 active service members at Fort Bragg making it Amy’s largest facility in terms of population, Tillis wrote that it “will remain particularly important as a ‘tip of the spear’ for the ministry of Defense “, when preparing for a strategic competition. with close competitors.

“Therefore, I urge the Department of the Army to continue the ongoing efforts to recapitalize the barracks throughout the Army enterprise and immediately remedy the conditions of the barracks,” Tillis wrote. “Allowing soldiers to live in moldy and dangerous housing is a danger for the country. ”

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He praised army officials for focusing on upgrading housing and barracks and for recognizing the importance of ensuring that the military have “access to adequate housing”.

Tillis said that as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, he will work to ensure that the military effectively receives funds to upgrade and replace substandard barracks by 2030.

Pence said 24 of Fort Bragg’s oldest barracks were either under renovation or slated for refurbishment in 2022.

“All renovations will correct the original design issues that make mold conditions more likely,” Pence said.

Editor-in-Chief Rachael Riley can be reached at [email protected] or 910-485-3528.

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