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Dole: Army Looking Into Bragg Barracks Conditions

Posted April 25, 2008
Updated April 26, 2008

— U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole said Friday she has contacted the secretary of the Army about a video posted on that shows broken toilets, plugged drains and other poor living conditions in a barracks at Fort Bragg.

Military officials said the issue would be looked into immediately, Dole said.

The 10-minute video, which was taken by Edward Frawley, the father of an 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper, shows molding ceiling tiles and showers, exposed drain pipes, peeling paint and other damage.

Army officials immediately opened the barracks up for inspection by members of the media, showing that many of the problems depicted in the video had already been repaired.

"There are no life, health or safety issues. We addressed those as quickly as possible," said Col. Dave Fox, the garrison commander.

The barracks, which were built in the 1950s, were being repaired, but troops returned from Afghanistan three weeks early before repairs could be finished, Fox said.

"By today's standards, they are inadequate," he said of 20 sets of barracks that will be replaced over the next five years by $300 million in new construction.

Because of environmental regulations, new barracks must be built where old living quarters stood instead of on a separate site, a situation that officials said slows down the replacement process.

“This is a bridge. This is where we have to live before the new buildings are occupied,” said Capt. Jason Davis, company commander.

Davis said the barracks was empty for 15 months while the soldiers were deployed.

“There was no true ownership. Now, we’re back and taking care of our house,” he said.

Still, Sgt. Jeff Frawley, Edward Frawley's son, said he is discouraged by the living conditions.

"I personally painted these barracks myself at least three times," Jeff Frawley said. "It doesn't really fix the problem. It's a temporary Band-Aid."

Edward Frawley said from his Wisconsin home that he wasn't trying to bash the Army.

“I’m not anti-military,” he said. “We just think this is a bad situation that needs to be taken care of.”


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  • NCAries Apr 28, 2008

    Seems as if this is a perfect example of a better use of the money spent throwing a parade.

  • smitty Apr 28, 2008

    Doesn't look much worse than some of the NCSU dorms I've lived in. In Bragaw we had water back up into the rooms on more than one occasion.

    My children will not be joining the military, not because they might have to sit on a broken toilet seat or have peeling paint, but because they might get killed or maimed in battle. This dad seems to have his priorities out of whack.

  • discowhale Apr 28, 2008

    Senator Dole?

    Is she still our Senator? It's been so long since I heard her name, or Senator Burr's, I thought we had lost our Senators.

  • tmedlin Apr 25, 2008

    secured increased funding for community colleges and programs at NCState, funding for wastewater treatment facilities "down east", other environmental legislation involving contaminated water in the Camp Le Jeune area, tireless advocate for the military, both active duty, guard and reserve, and veterans, anti-amnesty for illegals...need more?

  • mugyen Apr 25, 2008

    Bigcheesecamato, you're right, they're in the army, but that doesn't mean they have to live in terrible conditions. I admit in a combat zone they may have to live in pretty horrid conditions, but for godsakes, this is at a military base. As a marine, I'm disgusted to hear about this. Bigcheesecamato, I'll like to see you enlist and DEAL with it.

  • davidgnews Apr 25, 2008

    tmedlin - she isn't working for THIS state. The only thing she's worked on is FUNDRAISING.

  • BIGCHEESECAMATO Apr 25, 2008

    You are in the Army now... do deal with it People... or did you sign up for the army with all the Yauhts, Holiday Inns or Spas.

    but I did stay at a Holiday Inn express Last night..

  • tmedlin Apr 25, 2008

    you don't hear anything out of Dole because she's WORKING, not running around grand-standing like far too many other "public servants"

  • davidgnews Apr 25, 2008

    This is a sacrilege to the soldiers. I realize they don't get hotel-quality digs, but this is disgraceful.

    OTOH, Dole has to look like she cares about something going on in this state due to election time. Otherwise, you wouldn't hear anything out of her.

  • bronzegoddess40 Apr 25, 2008

    All the troop supporters should be outraged. Not only support the troops in Iraq, but lets support them at home as well. This is a shame and disgrace.