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.


"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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