Army Secretary Ryan D. McCarthy said the Army is committed to providing safe, quality and affordable housing to all of its personnel and their families. "It is our responsibility to provide housing not simply to code, but also to quality."
Steps taken, he said, include:
Acting Navy Secretary Thomas B. Modly said no sailor, Marine, civil servant or their families should ever have to contend with chronic maintenance issues such as mold and pests. "This is commander's business, and we are committed to empowering our leaders to assess, monitor and remediate issues of concern. ... We can never rest in our determination to provide safe, secure and comfortable housing for all sailors, Marines and sea service families."
The Navy, he said, has taken a three-pronged approach:
Air Force Secretary Barbara M. Barrett said, "Our ability to provide safe and habitable housing for airmen is a key part of their quality of life, strengthening our efforts to recruit and retain the people we need to lead the most powerful air, space and cyber force on the planet."
Among the many steps being taken, she said, are:
Also testifying was Army Chief of Staff Gen. James C. McConville, Naval Operations Chief Adm. Michael M. Gilday, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David H. Berger and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein.