Families Report Higher Satisfaction with Army Housing

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Families Report Higher Satisfaction with Army Housing

Army families report improved satisfaction with Army-owned and privatized housing, according to a new survey. 

“A higher number of residents participated in this year’s survey, and overall satisfaction rates improved as well,” Michael Reheuser, director of installation services, said in an Army announcement. 

Family Housing Getting More DoD Attention

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Family Housing Getting More DoD Attention

DoD’s top housing official says it is too soon to declare victory in a war over problems military families have experienced in privately operated on-post housing, but there have been some dramatic improvements. 

“We’ve made headway,” Paul Cramer, acting assistant secretary of defense for sustainment, told a House subcommittee. He added, that’s “not saying that we are at victory stage,” but government oversight that had been lacking over family housing has been restored. 

Big Quality of Life Initiatives Ahead

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Big Quality of Life Initiatives Ahead

Ambitious initiatives to improve quality of life are being planned for soldiers and Army families, including almost $12 billion for housing and barracks improvements.

This is an effort to put momentum behind the Army’s people priorities, which also extend to Army civilians.

Army Pushes Ahead on Quality of Life Improvements

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Army Pushes Ahead on Quality of Life Improvements

Army housing remains the highest priority in a multifaceted effort to improve quality of life for soldiers and families, and initiatives to improve on-post housing have continued despite COVID-19-related restrictions, a senior Army leader said.

Under the oversight of a new Quality of Life Task Force, issues such as housing, health care, spouse employment, child care and household moves are being managed by subject-matter experts from Army headquarters and commands across the service.

General Counsel Nominee Recalls Military Childhood

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General Counsel Nominee Recalls Military Childhood

The nominee to serve as Army general counsel says growing up as a military child gives her a good understanding of family housing needs. 

Michele Pearce is a former Air Force officer who grew up in a Navy family, and her husband is a retired Air Force officer. “My values and beliefs were shaped by my parents and the opportunity I had to grow up on military bases and live in integrated and diverse communities,” she said, telling the Senate Armed Services Committee she looked forward to working on diversity issues and policies related to improving housing.  

Work Continues to Improve Housing, PCS Moves

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Work Continues to Improve Housing, PCS Moves

The Army is making progress on several quality of life initiatives for soldiers and families, including housing and permanent change-of-station moves, senior leaders said. 

“We have five quality of life priorities, and number one is housing,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said during a virtual town hall on July 22. 

In addition to privatized on-post housing, McConville said the Army is investing in barracks as part of an overall effort to “invest in housing over the next 10 years.” 

Leaders Sign Tenant Bill of Rights for Military Families

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Leaders Sign Tenant Bill of Rights for Military Families

A tenant bill of rights that commits the Defense Department to ensuring military families living on-post receive quality housing and fair treatment has been signed by Defense Secretary Mark Esper and the leaders of the Army, Navy and Air Force. 

The Military Housing Privatization Initiative Tenant Bill of Rights, which includes the signature of Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, comes after widespread reports of poor maintenance, black mold, pest infestations and other issues in privatized military housing.

DoD IG: Household Goods Delays Continue

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DoD IG: Household Goods Delays Continue

Military families continue to face widespread delivery delays of household goods shipments, but most claims for damaged or lost goods are resolved, a new audit report from the Defense Department inspector general found.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville has made people his top priority since he became chief on Sept. 30, setting a goal at the outset of providing “a positive climate where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.”

Perna Promises More Oversight of Leased Housing

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Perna Promises More Oversight of Leased Housing

The Army general responsible for post housing wants to see conditions improve now and in the future.

“This is not only about day-to-day living. It is about what we want our installations to look like in 40 or 50 years,” said Gen. Gus Perna, who as Army Materiel Command’s commanding general is responsible for Army housing.