As the United States funnels arms and funds into Ukraine, its troops are stuck in mold-infested bases with no “budget” for treatment.
Even as the US military interferes in the affairs of states around the world, it faces a fierce battle as it attempts to win a battle against mildew, a tenacious adversary that could compromise troop health on some of the largest US military sites.
A popular TikTok reveals struggles at Fort Stewart in Georgia, weeks after mold infestations in more than a dozen dormitories prompted the military to evacuate about 1,100 soldiers at its largest facility, Fort Bragg in North Carolina. North.
Like the website Military.com reported Friday, a pattern of mold damage has emerged “across the military,” and there is no easy way out.
“Army officials have no plan but to wait a decade for new facilities,” referring to Fort Stewart, according to the outlet.
Military.com reporter Steve Beynon interviewed more than 20 soldiers and, in one case, an enlisted man who had just returned to Fort Stewart after a long deployment in Europe found “mold had completely consumed his room” .
Mold had grown on the walls, the bed had turned black and green, and most of the soldier’s belongings had been destroyed.
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A video shared earlier this week on the popular TikTok account of ‘US Army WTF! Moments’ showed someone opening two closet doors to discover walls covered in black mold. “Fort Stewart Barracks,” read the caption of the video.
@usawtfm They said they were fixing it. 🤔 #usawtfm #armywtfmoments #miltok #fyp ♬ The Home Depot Rhythm – The Home Depot
One user said that when he was stationed at Fort Stewart years ago, there was a “six inch carpet of mold” on the ceiling. Others have reported comparable or worse infestations at other US military bases, including Fort Gordon in Georgia and Camp Pendleton in California.
“But our government is sending huge amounts of money to Ukraine while our military can’t find a safe place to sleep.“said another observer.
Leaders at Fort Stewart and the adjacent Hunter Army Airfield attributed the mold problem to outdated HVAC systems and high humidity. They responded to the latest infestations by ordering more room inspections and cleaning work by the troops and their enlisted supervisors. The affected barracks should be renovated by the end of 2033; a decade from now.
Most of the 7,000 troops President Joe Biden sent to Germany earlier this year in response to the Russia-Ukraine crisis came from Fort Stewart.
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This is part of the United States’ continued financial support to Ukraine. Earlier this month, the Biden administration asked Congress to approve $11.7 billion in additional military aid for Ukraine, a sum included in a $47.1 billion emergency funding request. which will cover funding for the Covid-19 outbreak, monkeypox and disaster relief. efforts.
$4.5 billion in aid to Ukraine will fund military equipment and Pentagon restocking, $2.7 billion in defense and intelligence aid for Ukraine, and the 4, The remaining $5 billion will be spent on budget support for the Kyiv government.
“We have brought the world together to support the people of Ukraine in defending their democracy, and we simply cannot let that support for Ukraine dry up,” wrote Shalanda Young, director of the office of management and budget. from the White House, in a blog post.
$2 billion will also be allocated to mitigate the effects of the conflict in Ukraine, as well as Western sanctions imposed on Russia affecting US energy supplies.
The continued and unquestionable support of the United States for Ukraine raises concerns about the financing of the American military. Could the United States be more concerned about Ukraine than its own soldiers?
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