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Air Force orders review of military housing in wake of concerns raised about mold

In a letter to commanders Friday, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson says the review must be completed by March 1 "to ensure the health and safety of airmen and their families."
Amie Norquist and her family left their military housing at MacDill Air Force Base after some of them were sickened by what they believe to be mold contamination.
Published Feb. 19

TAMPA — The Air Force has ordered a "100 percent review" of military housing at MacDill Air Force Base and throughout the service in the wake of news reports and testimony before Congress about mold and other health concerns.

In a letter to commanders Friday, as first reported by Reuters, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson says the review must be completed by March 1 "to ensure the health and safety of airmen and their families."

Wilson also says in the letter that an assistant Air Force secretary will establish an action team by Tuesday to help in the review.

RELATED: MacDill penalizes base housing operator over mold as Bilirakis launches congressional inquiry

The action team is centered at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, home of the Air Force directorate that manages property.

The letter also was signed by Gen. David L. Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff.

MacDill was singled out during congressional testimony last week as one of the Air Force bases where problems with mold in military housing are among the most serious.

About a half-dozen people came forward to talk about mold problems in the wake of a report earlier this month about families who have reported mold problems at MacDill housing.

They include two senior enlisted leaders who filed mold complaints with MacDill's Inspector General's office. The two also complained about the response by Harbor Bay at MacDill, the management company that operates 527 residential units at the base.

Overall, concerns from MacDill families include severe health problems they believe are associated with moldy conditions inside their homes and the requirement that some service members keep paying Harbor Bay even after they move out of homes they felt were unsafe.

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