Lackland relocates 200 residents due to mold

 

Hundreds of residents were relocated from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland as a result of severe mold problems with some of its dorms.

According to an article published by AirforceTimes, “Initial inspections of the technical training dorms at Lackland are now finished, and secondary inspections are underway, said Brig. Gen. Laura Lenderman, commander of the 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio. Roughly three-quarters of permanent party dorm rooms across JBSA have been inspected, and 16 percent of those had mold, she said. Inspections of the last permanent party dorms should be finished by July 30. Civil engineers from the 502nd are now working on 28 rooms in Building 1215 that were particularly affected by mold, and expect to finish by Aug. 8, Lenderman said. That includes thoroughly bleaching the rooms, repainting them, using dehumidifiers, removing carpet and replacing it with vinyl planks, and installing ceiling fans. Remediation for all of Building 1215 should be finished within two months, Lenderman said, and similar plans are in the works for other dorms.”

 

All 77 JBSA dorms (which can house around 27k residents) were inspected after images of rampant mold in dorms surfaced on social media and sparked inquiries from the public as well as the Air Force Times. However, airmen and their families were dissatisfied with the response to the problem saying that they had raised the issue several times before with no action. In addition, other commenters attacked the JBSA’s approach to the problem saying that “ceiling fans, bleach, and painting will do nothing to fix the problems unless the mold-ravaged sheetrock is taken out, and ventilation in the bathrooms are improved.”

To learn more about this problem affecting Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, click HERE.