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US troops, kin face cuts in base services

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  1. Smashy

    Smashy

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    Jan 8, 2010 (1:22p CST)
    By KRISTIN M. HALL (Associated Press Writer)

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Soldiers and their families on Army bases around the country could see cutbacks in trash pickup, lawn-mowing and other services as the military tries to hold down non-war spending while escalating the fight in Afghanistan.

    Even as total defense spending rises, the portion of the Army budget dedicated to running its bases is down 20 percent this year, according to figures provided to The Associated Press by an Army official who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about them.

    The budgets for individual bases are not yet final. But the proposed cuts vary in size and run as deep as 40 percent at some major installations, including Fort Campbell, according to the figures.

    Fort Campbell, the home of the 101st Airborne Division, is considering eliminating lawn-mowing and janitorial services and shortening hours at recreation centers, Fort Campbell spokeswoman Kelly Tyler said. But that may not be enough, she said.

    Some members of the military are worried money will be pulled from programs that help spouses and children cope with soldiers' repeated tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, who as head of the Army's Installation Management Command is in charge of the budget for bases, said in a recent commentary distributed to Army post newspapers that the service has enjoyed unprecedented levels of funding in the past years, but that can't continue.

    "As the country faces some stiff economic challenges, we are forced to reduce funding and exact a greater level of stewardship over our resources," Lynch said. Starting this year, "performance levels for some installation services will be notably less than we've had in recent years and will remain at that level for the foreseeable future."

    Army posts provide many of the services that soldiers and their families have come to rely on, including child and youth programs, continuing education, dining and recreational facilities and help with overcoming drug and alcohol abuse.

    Lynch said that certain services, such as police and fire protection, will be fully funded and that the Army is committed to continuing family-focused programs, such as child care. He did not specify where cuts would be made.

    It wasn't clear how the military's other branches might be affected, though the Army is by far the largest. Officials with the Marines, Navy and Air Force did not respond to requests for information.

    Some of the Army's biggest posts, where soldiers have completed four and five combat tours since the wars began, are facing significant spending reductions, according to the figures obtained by the AP.

    At Fort Campbell, where about 17,000 soldiers are leaving this year for Afghanistan, commanders have been told that the operating budget for the current fiscal year could drop 40 percent, from $177.5 million last year to $106.5 million, Tyler said.

    Cuts could be 39 percent at Fort Stewart, Ga., 25 percent at Fort Bragg, N.C., 22 percent at Fort Drum, N.Y., and 21 percent at Bamberg, Germany, the figures show.


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  2. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

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    We really just need to get the **** out of the middle east, let them do whatever they want to each other.
     

  3. Airborne Infantryman

    Airborne Infantryman Nuclear Trunk Monkey

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    Here at Fort Campbell, we are required to mow our own grass anyway if you live on Base-Housing....I live off post- less bull****, the Army doesn't screw you in the butt with no lube on your BAH, and not to mention you don't have to deal with someone from your chain of command coming over to your house just because they can. As for mowing grass and such around the brigade footprint and such, Private Joe Snuffy is usually the one who does that, so I don't know WTF they're talking about when it comes to lawnmowing and such. As for the Rec Center; close them earlier; no one uses them, because they suck!
     
  4. Tx-G30

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    Hmm.. I thought every soldier had a secondary MOS - Janitor. I remember spending a lot of my time sweeping, mopping, waxing floors as well as picking up other people's trash during "area police calls". And I wasn't paid over time or extra money for doing it either, there by saving the taxpayers a lot of money.
     
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    Glock20 10mm Use Linux!

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    Sometimes while conducting sweepers (if you are or were Navy then you know...) I would sing a sarcastic ditty about being a Janitorial Services Mate. The Chiefs would get royally pissed as would most of the O's. But the rest of us enlisted got a good chuckle out of it!:wavey:
     
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    i always wondered why REC closes before 90% of us get off of work, then they ask us why no one visits REC :upeyes:
     
  7. Airborne Infantryman

    Airborne Infantryman Nuclear Trunk Monkey

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    LOL. Cause the REC sucks. You can't ever get on Facebook, MySpace (I don't use MySpace anyway), or any other websites or forums. You can only check your email and such.....not to mention the huge U.S. Department of Defense disclaimer at the log on screen saying you'll be prosecuted for unauthorized uses of the system. So finding a way to get around the filter is risky. Most of Joe just gets Hi-Speed internet installed in his barracks room, goes to his room at the end of the day, and chills out.
     
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    on the same subject i really hate those COMM guys blocking all of my game websites:rofl::rofl:
     
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    Looks like if congress would cut their own budget and perks,there would be plenty to operate the military posts.
     
  10. TheChosenOne

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    I am starting to feel that way too.
     
  11. true believer

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    tell you what, if i lived close enough to a base i would volunteer to cut the grass, 1 day a week..
    save the gov some money to help the families..
    if it save them any money they could use it for troops family not a trip for politicians to party..:steamed:
    :patriot::patriot:
     
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    There is a ton of waste in government..... and nobody knows it better than folks in the military.

    Government needs an independent auditor so we know where the money is going and how it's being used. It's the only expansion of the government that worth doing.

    V.