The Army is launching two surveys to hear directly from families about how privatized and Army-owned housing is holding up, and what you think about the changes that have been made over the last several months.
As the Pentagon waits for Congress to confirm the new Army and Air Force secretaries and the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, another defense official is leaving the building.
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment Robert McMahon, whose purview includes operating costs for the uber-expensive F-35 and addressing problems in privatized military housing, has submitted his resignation effective as of Nov. 22, said Defense Department spokeswoman Heather Babb.
gt. Andrew McNeil, left, a public affairs mass communication noncommissioned officer with the 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, discusses his on-post housing concerns with Maj. Tabitha Hernandez and 1st Sgt. Jeremy Crisp, 22nd MPAD command team, during a command visit April 5, 2019, on Fort Bragg, North Carolina. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gregory T. Summers / 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
Eighty-eight homes at Fort Bragg were flagged for risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
The issue came to officials' attention after one family in the Pope neighborhood at Fort Bragg went to the Womack Army Medical Center showing symptoms consistent with carbon monoxide poisoning, Fort Bragg said in a press release. The family was treated and released the same day, August 4th.
The results of a new Army housing survey show that the overall satisfaction with privatized on-base housing among military families has decreased across the service by almost 6% in 2019.
The report attributes the overall decline to "a combination of growing dissatisfaction coupled with a downward trend in overall resident sentiment upon learning that other residents had similar or greater issues."
The report also attributes to the decline in resident sentiment to "[m]edia reports and cited partner profits."