Army OKs $248M In Barracks Repairs, But Housing Still Aging

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - Spc. Loren Dauterman, who trained at
Fort McCoy in Wisconsin last month with the National Guard, found
something good to say about the falling-apart floors and ceilings
in her quarters.

Barely.

"It is better than sleeping out in the woods," Dauterman said
last week, "but not a whole lot better."

Thousands of soldiers at Fort McCoy, Fort Campbell and elsewhere
are assigned to barracks built for the GIs who fought World War II
and the Korean War. The buildings are showing their age, and the
soldiers are getting fed up.

After a soldier's father posted a video on YouTube last month
showing the dilapidated barracks for paratroopers at Fort Bragg,
N.C., Defense Secretary Robert Gates called those conditions
appalling and ordered base commanders to ensure their troops have
proper quarters.

The commanders have their work cut out for them.


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  • by rob Location: e ky. on May 8, 2008 at 01:08 PM
    if we can throw away millions upon millions of dollars rebuilding foreign countries, why can we not have a place to house the army. we help everyone but ourselves, this country has gone to hell.
  • by David Location: Winchester on May 8, 2008 at 06:18 AM
    The MP's, artillery, and some of the low density units on Ft. Campbell are in need of barracks, but the Infantry and Aviation units have adequate quarters. First Brigade (327th INF) and Second Brigade (502nd INF) have barracks that were redone between 1998 and 2000 and Third Brigade and the Aviation Units have barracks that were brand new as of approximately 2002. It's not as bad there as this article leads one to believe. As for Ft. McCoy Wisconsin, that is a National Guard base, why doesn't the state of Wisconsin take care of that?

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