The Fort Bragg Barracks’ officials had lofty goals around the location, as it claims it could help up to 1,200 soldiers have a roof over their heads.

In an interview with Fort Bragg, a spokesperson with The Fayetteville Observer said, “the priority is to relocate soldiers into other barracks rooms on the installation.” This was after mold, and rooms with leaking ceilings were reported last year.

Fort Bragg was built in the mid-1970s, but minimal upgrades have been done around the infrastructure since then.

“Continuous repairs and changes to airflow created higher than normal moisture levels and quality of life concerns,” the statement said. “Army and installation leaders inspected the living conditions in these barracks and (are) taking action to ensure the safety and quality of life of our soldiers.”

In their recent assessment, Fort Bragg officials said 10 out of 12 barracks “do not meet today’s HVAC standards.” However, they emphasized that there have been no reports of “health or breathing issues” from soldiers living in the buildings.

Fort Bragg Barracks
In the background stands the last six-story barracks constructed in the 82nd area of Fort Bragg, signifying the completion of an 18-year effort by the Savannah District and Fort Bragg to transform the 82nd area. (Source: US Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District/Flickr)

“There is a medical expert available should soldiers have mold-related concerns or questions,” the statement said. “Soldiers experiencing any health-related issues are encouraged (to) seek medical help and notify their chain of command.”

Advocate for soldiers, Melissa Godoy, said the concerns about the substandard living conditions in Fort Bragg had been raised years ago, but nobody was paying attention. Godoy said she connected with the soldiers living in Smoke Bomb Hill barracks, who said their rooms are filled with molds from “floor to ceiling.”

“[They said] mold [is] just covering every surface in their room,” Godoy said. “They’re coming back to their belongings full of mold.”