About 1,100 out of a dozen soldiers movethe barracks of However, several active and former soldiers told CBS News they weren’t the only ones with moldy barracks, and not all soldiers got the chance to move out of their moldy homes.
Two soldiers who have not been transported told CBS News on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation about mold growing in the barracks. expressed and it spread within a week.
We were sent photos from the past few days showing the problem covering the furniture, ceiling tiles and walls.
And this is one of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning rooms from July 2021.
One of the soldiers was relocated in a barracks near a facility in North Carolina known as Smoke Bomb Hill, and it was not expected that other soldiers in other barracks facing similar problems would remain. said he felt a “punch in the belly”.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mold can cause symptoms such as stuffy nose, wheezing, redness or itching, and people who are allergic to mold or who have asthma may have more serious reactions such as fever and shortness of breath. It may cause
Fort Bragg acknowledged widespread mold in the barracks near Smokebomb Hill in early August after an inspection by Army leaders found substandard conditions. News, the army said it plans to demolish and rebuild 12 barracks and renovate five of them.
Built in the mid-1970s, the barracks are undergoing ongoing repairs, and the repairs and changes in airflow have resulted in “higher than normal humidity levels and quality of life concerns,” a facility spokeswoman said. said the rep. I said in an email last week.
As of Wednesday morning, more than 100 soldiers had been moved from barracks near Smoke Bomb Hill. Some of the soldiers affected are units of the 1st Special Forces Headquarters and units of the 18th Airborne Division, which includes the 20th Engineer Brigade and the 35th Corps Signal Brigade.
Mold is nothing new to Fort Bragg. Last year, North Carolina Republican Senator Tom Tillis sent a letter to the Secretary of War to draw attention to issues he had heard from soldiers. “It is dangerous for the country to allow military personnel to live in moldy and unsafe housing,” he wrote.
Josh Butler, who retired as a sergeant earlier this year, managed about 340 rooms in the barracks at Fort Bragg. The building he oversaw was not near Smoke Bomb Hill, but still had widespread mold problems.
He told CBS News, “If a man doesn’t keep his room in his room all the time, he’ll have black mold in a week or so.”
Butler, who served as Fort Bragg’s facilities manager for about three years, said he raised the issue repeatedly, especially with Fort Bragg’s Department of Public Works and facility leadership.
“There’s a serious emotional impact that people can have with this line of work, and you put them in a room that has nothing but mold problems. That’s not the way to live. It’s completely subpar for a man.” said Butler.
Fort Bragg did not respond to questions about the extent of the mold problem throughout the base, but is holding a media roundtable with Army leaders on Friday to address concerns.
A Fort Bragg spokesperson said in a statement, “Our enduring duty at Fort Bragg and as leaders of the Army is to take care of our people – our soldiers and their families. Their health and welfare are paramount to our military readiness.”