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5 Army Installations With Terrible Base Housing
The U.S. military has bases all over the world boasting nearly 800 military bases in more than 70 countries. The Army alone has more than 50 in the continental United States.
While some of these places boast good housing with exciting landmarks, fun social atmospheres, and close proximity to all of life’s necessities, the same can’t be said for all installations. Task & Purpose polled its readers to determine which installations are least liked across the service.
Here are the Army’s five worst stations for base housing.
1. Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Considered by our readers to be the worst of the worst, Fort Bragg is spread across Cumberland, Hoke, Harnett, and Moore counties in North Carolina. The nearest city is Fayetteville. Managed by Corvias Military Living, Fort Bragg has nine neighborhoods with an overabundance of houses and schools. However, according to the Automated Housing Referral Network, not all the neighborhoods are equal in quality, nor are the schools. Traffic both in and around the post is reportedly terrible. Since the drawdown, many houses have remained unfilled. Crime has also been an ongoing concern for families living on post. If that weren’t enough, between 2007 and 2011, 12 infants died of mysterious causes.
2. Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Fort Sill is home to the Army’s artillery training base. Crime is reportedly an issue off post, but on post the scene is quiet — apparently too quiet. The nearest metropolitan areas are Tulsa and Oklahoma City, which are both more than an hour away by car. Many residents complain about the lack of things to do in the area both for younger service members and for families with children. Additionally, people living both on and off post have reported gang activity in the surrounding area of Lawton. The real problem with Fort Sill, it seems, is Lawton.
3. Fort Bliss, Texas
Fort Bliss, in El Paso, Texas, is the third worst base for housing, according to Task & Purpose readers. Many people complained about the actual housing on base, saying that the buildings are old and run down. Since the base is growing, however, the military is renovating, albeit very slowly. Because of how vast Texas is, many residents and former residents say it’s like living on an island in the desert. As a result, some service members and their families have taken to calling the base “Fort Piss” and the surrounding area “Hell Paso.”
4. Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Fort Campbell is home to the 101st Airborne Division. This is one base that people either really love or really hate. Though the cost of living is generally low, families report that basic allowance for housing is just enough to survive. Post traffic can also be very bad. Additionally, many residents are not fans of the lack of amenities save for a Walmart or two. Many families complain about the medical treatment system there as well.
5. Fort Drum, New York
Nestled in Watertown, New York, Fort Drum is ranked among the worst Army bases to be stationed. Many residents complain about the weather and its incredibly harsh winters. The base was home to a number of unfortunate drinking-related incidents in the 90s, which earned it the nickname “Fort Drunk.” Service members and families who have been stationed there said that the civilian divide here is very apparent, and can be tricky to navigate.
In a move that could see President Donald Trump set foot on North Korean soil again, Kim Jong Un has invited the U.S. leader to Pyongyang, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday, as the North's Foreign Ministry said it expected stalled nuclear talks to resume "in a few weeks."
A letter from Kim, the second Trump received from the North Korean leader last month, was passed to the U.S. president during the third week of August and came ahead of the North's launch of short-range projectiles on Sept. 10, the South's Joongang Ilbo newspaper reported, citing multiple people familiar with the matter.
In the letter, Kim expressed his willingness to meet the U.S. leader for another summit — a stance that echoed Trump's own remarks just days earlier.
Constant deployments broke the Air Force's B-1 fleet. Now the service is facing a major bomber shortfall
On April 14, 2018, two B-1B Lancer bombers fired off payloads of Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles against weapons storage plants in western Syria, part of a shock-and-awe response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons against his citizens that also included strikes from Navy destroyers and submarines.
In all, the two bombers fired 19 JASSMs, successfully eliminating their targets. But the moment would ultimately be one of the last — and certainly most publicized — strategic strikes for the aircraft before operations began to wind down for the entire fleet.
A few months after the Syria strike, Air Force Global Strike Command commander Gen. Tim Ray called the bombers back home. Ray had crunched the data, and determined the non-nuclear B-1 was pushing its capabilities limit. Between 2006 and 2016, the B-1 was the sole bomber tasked continuously in the Middle East. The assignment was spread over three Lancer squadrons that spent one year at home, then six month deployed — back and forth for a decade.
The constant deployments broke the B-1 fleet. It's no longer a question of if, but when the Air Force and Congress will send the aircraft to the Boneyard. But Air Force officials are still arguing the B-1 has value to offer, especially since it's all the service really has until newer bombers hit the flight line in the mid-2020s.
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CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State's media network on Monday issued an audio message purporting to come from its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi saying operations were taking place daily and urging freedom for women jailed in Iraq and Syria over their alleged links to the group.
"Daily operations are underway on different fronts," he said in the 30-minute tape published by the Al Furqan network, in what would be his first message since April. He cited several regions such as Mali and the Levant but gave no dates.