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Fort Bragg getting extra barracks funding

Posted July 29, 2008

— More money is available for three new barracks complexes at Fort Bragg, including one President Bush visited after its condition was featured in an online video.

Fort Bragg will get $127 million more this fiscal year to replace aging barracks for the 82nd Airborne Division, officials said.

One building was the subject of a video posted on YouTube by a paratrooper's father, who was upset at the conditions, including mold and standing water in a bathroom.

Rep. Robin Hayes, R-N.C., whose district includes the post, says the additional funding will move soldiers out of old housing as soon as possible. The replacements had been scheduled for 2011.

"With this emergency funding now headed to Fort Bragg, we will be able to move soldiers out of the older living quarters that have needed extensive emergency repairs, and into the best housing possible in the shortest time possible," Hayes said.

Hayes wrote letters to Republican and Democratic leaders in the House to request the money.

The video taken by Edward Frawley received attention in April and Bush visited the barracks in May. Frawley said he wanted to show the conditions his son returned to after 15 months in Afghanistan.

The video showed peeling paint and mold, a torn toilet seat and a soldier trying to unplug a floor drain that appeared to be clogged with sewage. The barracks had been repaired by the time Bush came.

With the additional money, Congress has appropriated $645 million for construction at Fort Bragg during the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. The post received $200 million in 2006 and $339 million in 2007, said Glen Prillaman, chief of Fort Bragg's master planning division.

The post is planning to put the three barracks projects out for bids before Sept. 30.

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  • discowhale Jul 30, 2008

    OK, my last comment got killed. I was too "forceful" in my comment and language. Hmm, free speech in here? NOT!

    Yankee, if you ran evaps in that era and on a FF of that age, you had exceptional eqpt and exceptional shipmates. I was on DD-967, it was two y/o when I got there and we still had short water hours. Sometimes from eqpt malfunction and sometimes from the ocean being too hot to flash. My son was stationed on CG-60, the don't have evaps, they've got an RO system. It still went down a few times.

    I don't understand this Bragg situation. When I was in school at 3 different bases, WE were responsible for minor repairs and upkeep, including new dorm style and pre-WWII barracks. When the Barracks Chief wanted a barracks painted, HE pointed, WE painted. When deck drains in the shower or a toilet clogged, WE the Duty Section took the snake out of the gear locker and WE snaked it.

    In today's Army, are they too highly trained to paint or snake; or was this the norm always?

  • Southern Fried Yankee Jul 29, 2008

    I served on three ships from 1972 to 1978....

    USS Badger FF-1071, USS Proteus AS-19 and
    USS Enterprise CVN-65.

    The frigate was equal to a destroyer and we NEVER, ever didn't have water. The Aqua-chem evaporators made 10,000 gallons a day each to service the boilers and the hotel load. I know, I ran them.

    On the Proteus, the ship was tied to the dock (naturally) as a sub tender so there was shore services.

    The Enterprise evaps carried everything necessary, although I was in a different shop.

    So again, NEVER did we run out of water.

  • Boogereater Jul 29, 2008

    I don't know how they were trained but they should have never been allowed on the boat in the first place.

  • RonnieR Jul 29, 2008

    RB, you're forgetting the Corpsmen!
    Remember,when you ask a Company Commander
    the strength of his company,
    he'll tell you he has, for example, 5 Officers,
    147 Marines and 6 Corpsmen. :-)

  • Adelinthe Jul 29, 2008

    "(Mostly due to women throwing their rags down the toilet)"

    Women in the Marines learn early on to stuff their "rags" in little paper sacks and put them in the garbage can, rather than stuffing them down the toilet. Heck! I learned that in boot camp 38 years ago.

    How were the women in your military trained? Not???

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Jul 29, 2008

    GetRight - "The fact is the 82nd Airborne and the Army Special Forces get scraps (financially) and when those scraps are apportioned they usually get cut in third."

    The Marines are the same way; they get the Navy's cast offs which are often sub-standard and unsafe, requiring repair or replacement before it can be utilized.

    And yet the Marines hit the actual killing fields long before a sailor sets foot anywhere near it, if a sailor ever does.

    It's a shame, a dirty shame.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Jul 29, 2008

    "As far as Bragg is concerned, it was a travesty. The officers and NCO's failed their men. If I was an NCO of that unit, I'd be ashamed."

    And Bragg isn't the only one. Many military bases have sub-standard housing, and most of that sub-standard housing has at least one unsafe issue.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • tarheelblue919 Jul 29, 2008

    its shameful that our troops live in conditions like this when they are the groundwork behind this country. do you think the senators and congressmens or even the presidential mansion would be in this shape? uhhh, NOPE!

  • Boogereater Jul 29, 2008

    Yankee. First of all I was on a Destroyer that had systems break all the time. Our living quarters rarely had AC, our toilets were ALWAYS backed up. (Mostly due to women throwing their rags down the toilet) And yes we didn't have water many times as well. I don't know what you are talking about no water=no sailing? You must have been on a newer ship if you didn't go through any of that.

  • Southern Fried Yankee Jul 29, 2008

    Booger...

    If you had no water, that means the evaporators were busted. If you had boilers or nuclear reactors, no water means no sailing, it's that simple.

    I served 6 years and NEVER went without water when at sea. Item other...the heads always worked, too.

    As far as Bragg is concerned, it was a travesty. The officers and NCO's failed their men. If I was an NCO of that unit, I'd be ashamed.

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