Army Set to Open 3D-Printed Barracks

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Inside look at the new 3D barracks at Fort Bliss, Texas.
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Army Set to Open 3D-Printed Barracks

Three 3D-printed barracks are set to open this summer at Fort Bliss, Texas, as part of a pilot program to improve soldiers’ quality of life while enhancing the resilience of Army installations.

Installation Modernization, Sustainability Making Strides

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Barracks construction at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.
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Installation Modernization, Sustainability Making Strides

The Army is prioritizing modernization and sustainability across its installations, said the service’s acting deputy assistant secretary for energy and sustainability.

“The Army’s mission is to win the nation’s wars and support the joint force,” Christine Ploschke said during a May 22 Defense News webcast. “As we look at our installations today and into the future, we have to contemplate how are we designing, operating [and] supporting our installations to be able to accomplish [that]?”

More Tools Coming to Help Soldiers, Families Thrive

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LTG Omar J. Jones IV, commanding general of Installation Management Command, attends the AUSA Contemporary Military Forum: Taking Care of People session at the AUSA 2023 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023. (Carol Guzy for AUSA)
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More Tools Coming to Help Soldiers, Families Thrive

Making sure military families on large Army posts have what they need to thrive is a big, intensive job—and it extends beyond the installation gates, a panel of leaders said Oct. 11.

Army Focused on Continued Quality-of-Life Improvements

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LTG Vereen speaks at AUSA Coffee Series event
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Army Focused on Continued Quality-of-Life Improvements

While the Army is making progress on improving quality of life programs for soldiers and their families, there’s more work to be done, two senior leaders said.

Lt. Gen. Kevin Vereen, deputy Army chief of staff for installations, G-9, said he and his senior enlisted adviser, Sgt. Maj. Michael Perry, pay close attention to many of the most pressing issues facing soldiers and their families, including food insecurity, aging infrastructure and access to child care.

Vereen: Installations Need Continued Investment

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Vereen: Installations Need Continued Investment

The Army continues to prioritize its installations and housing as part of its efforts to improve quality of life for soldiers and families while modernizing and hardening its posts against future threats, a senior leader told lawmakers.

Installations at ‘Epicenter’ of Army Operations

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Ft. McCoy Barracks
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Installations at ‘Epicenter’ of Army Operations

The Army is committed to improving its installations and ensuring they are modern and resilient, a senior Army leader told lawmakers. 

“Installations are at the epicenter of everything we do in the Army,” Rachel Jacobson, assistant Army secretary for installations, energy and environment, said during a hearing before the House Armed Services subcommittee on readiness. “They’re where we train, work, learn and live. To strengthen Army readiness and build the force of the future, we must be laser-focused on providing state-of-the-art installations.” 

Army Building Maintenance Backlog Tops $19 Billion

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Army Building Maintenance Backlog Tops $19 Billion

With more than 200,000 buildings on its installations around the world, the Army faces a maintenance backlog worth several billion dollars, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office. 

The report, which analyzed 49,000 of those buildings in use on 88 Army installations across the U.S., estimates that “the cost of eliminating the deferred maintenance backlog and returning the buildings to the Army’s standards would be about $19 billion.”

Survey: Army Housing Satisfaction Declines

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Army leaders check on on-post housing.
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Survey: Army Housing Satisfaction Declines

Maintenance issues, including response times and communication, were among the top concerns cited by soldiers and family members in the Army’s 2022 housing tenant satisfaction survey.

Overall, the survey found a slight decrease in customer satisfaction for residents in privatized, Army-owned and government-leased housing on Army posts.

Army Must Prepare Installations for Climate Change

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Army Must Prepare Installations for Climate Change

As climate change continues to impact many aspects of modern life, the Army must prepare for its effects on installations and operations, a panel of experts said during a discussion hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army.

Climate change is “a challenge that does not respect borders or boundaries, including the fence line of a military base,” said Sharon Burke, founder and president of Ecospherics and a former assistant secretary of defense for operational energy.