Over 1,000 Fort Bragg soldiers displaced after surprise decision to evacuate old, moldy barracks


at some 1,200 soldiers fort braggNorth Carolina, many will be displaced by the sudden decision to evacuate the barracks An inspection last week by Army Sergeant Major Michael Grinstonwho found that the buildings were not habitable, army Officials made the announcement on Thursday.

A dozen 1970s barracks are set to be demolished in the Smoke Bomb Hill area, affecting a wide roster of units, including the US Special Operations Command. In the meantime, Fort Bragg commanders will audit all available space in other barracks for those displaced soldiers – possibly forcing soldiers to move to areas farther away from their units and with whom they work.

“The transfer will be a deliberate, phased approach,” a statement from the service said. “Army leaders have given enough resources to address the barracks issues to ensure that our troops are taken care of throughout the process.”

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There is no time limit for the construction of new barracks.

Yet the buildings have long suffered from mold issues leaders have known for years, mostly as a result of barracks with half a century old air conditioning that often clogs and then leaks. The cost of repairing or replacing an air conditioning system could be so high that the military thought it better to simply build new buildings.

Mold and other quality-of-life issues have long plagued Barracks, often prompting soldiers to take desperate action to find living arrangements – with reports of hasty marriages, among other tactics. Poor barracks quality across the military is viewed by senior leaders as a major factor in mental health issues among rank and file.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exposure to mold can cause a long list of health ailments, ranging from flu-like symptoms to difficulty breathing and fungal infections.

— can be reached from Steve Beynon [email protected], Follow him on Twitter @StevenBeynon

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