Officials knock on doors to ask Pacific base residents about housing issues

by Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Officials at U.S. military installations across the Far East are going door-to-door, holding meetings and seeking feedback from residents following recent testimony to Congress and media reports about health and safety issues in military housing.

The moves echo an effort on bases in Europe following testimony Feb. 13 about military housing before the House Armed Services Committee and a series of reports by the Reuters news agency that found housing at many U.S. bases was dilapidated and dangerous.

On Feb. 15, top military officials ordered commanders to inspect all housing for which they were responsible within 30 days and to hold town hall meetings.

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