Thursday, May 01, 2008

Fort Jackson, SC TV Station finds problems Similar to Ft Bragg

 


Fort Jackson, SC  TV Station finds problems Similar to Ft Bragg


Fort Jackson is the gateway to many Americans to the United States Army.  Featured in the 1994 film Renaissance Man, Fort Jackson is one of the largest Basic Training sites in the Military.  A local Television station, WIS News 10, is reporting that it has identified similar conditions as were found by a Ft Bragg soldiers father that made news this part week.  Soldiers who spent 2-3 tours in Afghanistan and Iraq are coming home to deplorable housing conditions.  The  Army has the responsibility to provide at least livable conditions. 


Today the Commanding General said, well its not a 5 star hotel, but its clean.  Sir, I hate to break it to you but the conditions at Fort Jackson don't make the 1 star grade.  Our troops deserve better.  Get it fixed or this writer will continue hounding you until its done. This is the best and the brightest we have to offer. These troops volunteered to protect America from Terror. How about allowing them to come home to barracks without mold asbestos, and in disrepair. The old Army saying goes well here. Poor conditions are a No-Go, lets get this Squared away. Get it done.


 



FORT JACKSON, SC (WIS) - WIS has learned that inspectors found mold and asbestos inside the Fort Jackson barracks.
   
Officials say the problems will cost a significant amount of money to fix.


But they don't consider the findings as serious as what they've seen at Fort Bragg. Earlier this week we showed you troubling images from the base posted online by the parent of a soldier.
   
Among the dismal conditions visible is a major sewage backup.  


The images prompted inspections by the us army, visiting bases across the country -- including Fort Jackson here in Columbia.
  
WIS News 10 took a tour of the base Thursday. Here's what we found.


It isn't exactly a five-star hotel, and Commanding General Jim Schwitters knows it.


"What you see here is 50 years old. We're not proud of the floor covering. but it is sanitary, it is functional and it is healthy," says Schwitters.


But keeping the barracks at Fort Jackson functional and sanitary is a challenge. About a third of them have eight beds to a room, stained walls, rusted tiles and chipped paint.
   
"This is one of six latrines in this barracks," says Schwitters during the tour.


The 1950's-era barracks are some of the oldest on base. Maintenance issues are expected when more than 50,000 soldiers come through each year.




Army secy says Fort Bragg's barracks condition unacceptable


By KEVIN MAURER – 1 day ago

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — The secretary of the Army said Wednesday the poor condition of Korean War-era barracks at Fort Bragg is unacceptable.


Army Secretary Pete Geren said improvements are coming, but some of the problems can't be fixed quickly. He made the remarks after meeting with soldiers and touring Fort Bragg's 82nd Airborne Division barracks.


The visit came after the father of a paratrooper posted a video online showing mold inside the barracks, peeling interior paint and a bathroom drain plugged with sewage. By Wednesday, the barracks had new paint and water fountains were fixed, but work crews still labored on the plumbing.


"Everybody on this installation knows that the conditions were unacceptable. Every soldier deserves a quality of life equal to his service," Geren said.


Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., urged the Defense Department on Wednesday to look into the Bragg conditions. It was one of Feingold's constituents, Ed Frawley of Menomonie, Wis., who posted the video. Frawley said he was disgusted by conditions that greeted his son, Sgt. Jeff Frawley, and other members of his company when they returned this month after a 15-month tour of duty in Afghanistan.




 


Fort Jackson, SC  TV Station finds problems Similar to Ft Bragg Fort Jackson, SC  TV Station finds problems Similar to Ft Bragg

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