Privatized Barracks Would Get Deeper Look Under House's Draft Defense Bill

A lead mold remediation specialist at Fort Stewart shows where a barrack room's bathroom ceiling has mold.

As the military services flirt with the idea of privatizing more barracks to deal with deteriorating living conditions, a key House panel wants the Pentagon to study the issue more in depth. In its draft National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, released this week, the House Armed Services Committee calls on the Pentagon to deliver […]

Barracks Habitability Standards Ordered by Recently Signed Defense Bill

The Fort Stewart Directorate of Public Works' lead mold remediation specialist shows where a barrack room's bathroom ceiling in building 212 has mold after the room was flooded by an equipment failure.

The Pentagon will have to set military-wide standards for what makes barracks habitable under the defense policy bill that was signed into law late last week. Requiring minimum standards for habitability is one of several ways this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, seeks to improve barracks conditions, which have come under increasing scrutiny […]

Army Wraps $95 Million Project Renovating Moldy Fort Liberty Barracks, Demolishing Others

A degraded bathtub pictured at Smoke Bomb Hill is shown to members of the media during the XVIII Airborne Corps media day on Sept. 8, 2022, at Fort Bragg, N.C.

The Army has finished major renovations and demolition of Fort Liberty, North Carolina’s troubled Smoke Bomb Hill Barracks, which the service deemed unlivable after a slew of complaints from soldiers and media scrutiny. Three barracks buildings were renovated and are set to house soldiers again in early 2024. But a dozen barracks were determined to […]