Air Force tells private housing company they have 90 days to get their sh*t together
The Air Force has freakin’ had it with one of its major private housing providers and has given them 90 days to get their shit together, or else.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced last week that the Air Force has put Balfour Beatty Communities (BBC) on notice after finding additional housing problems at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma.
“Seven months ago, Balfour Beatty, the company responsible for the housing at Tinker, testified in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee that they would move quickly to address systemic issues,” Inhofe said in a press release. “They have not.”
On its website, BBC identifies itself as the “nation’s largest provider of military housing,” with operations at 55 military installations across the U.S. — including approximately 15,500 Air Force homes, 18,900 Army homes, and 8,600 Navy homes.
In a letter to BBC, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy, John Henderson, said that they discovered new problems at Tinker “that raise concerns with serious life, health, and safety issues,” which join “a growing list of serious construction, maintenance, repair, management, and oversight performance failures across BBC’s portfolio of Air Force housing projects.”
Inhofe mentioned in his press release continuous mold, and “the lack of firewall protections between newly built housing units.”
Air Force Col. Paul Filcek, wing commander at Tinker AFB, told Oklahoma City Fox affiliate station, KOKH that there are “more reported cases of mold than there ever have been” on-base.
“The demand has risen,” he said, adding that they’re currently handling mold cases at 73 to 85 homes.
So, the Air Force has given BBC 90 days to provide them with a comprehensive plan to clean up its act — at all its Air Force installations, not just Tinker …read more
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