Report: 'Mold world' in Lackland dorm rooms prompts review

Photos of moldy conditions at JBSA-Lackland dorms shared on Facebook

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SAN ANTONIO – Moldy conditions in dorm rooms at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland has prompted leadership staff to quickly review the situation, according to a report.

The inspection comes a day after photos of the apparent moldy conditions were shared Tuesday on Facebook.

Some of the photos show mold on a pillow, along the side of a box spring, on boots and on the ceiling, according to the Facebook post.

"From all the stories, photos and videos we have seen, it sounds like the Lackland AFB dorms may be the new Al Udeid of the mold world," the Facebook post said, referencing the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. "We are hearing that Airmen are being told not to submit photos/videos by leadership, the very same leadership who are not fixing the root cause."

From all the stories, photos and videos we have seen it sounds like the Lackland AFB Dorms may be the new Al Udeid of...

Posted by Air Force amn/nco/snco on Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The photos have led a team of senior leaders to walk through the affected dorms at JBSA-Lackland within 24 hours and then others on the base, according to the report by the Air Force Times.

Brig. Gen. Laura Lenderman, 502d Air Base Wing and Joint Base-San Antonio commander, released the following statement in regards to the report:

"As the JBSA Commander, guarding the health and safety of our servicemen and women and their families is my top priority. I'm committed to ensuring all military housing and dorms are safe and well maintained. Despite the challenges of aging infrastructure, we have proactively instituted safeguards and oversight to ensure our facilities meet standards. We hear the concerns of our community and are immediately assessing the situation. I have directed a senior leadership team to conduct a walk-through of all JBSA dorms with Lackland's to be reviewed first and within 24 hours. By assessing issues on the ground level we can develop solutions and promptly apply them. Wing leadership, dorm management, and the Air Force Civil Engineer Center are actively engaged in this issue. We take the health and well-being of our residents seriously and want trust between leadership and residents to be constant. Again, all concerns relating to this will be examined, validated, and corrected immediately."

To read the Air Force Times report, click here.

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