The Navy says it's set to make substantial improvements to barracks and that its top officer is committed to funding it, with a host of construction projects totaling nearly $1 billion already underway.
Destiny Sibert, a spokeswoman for the Navy's Installation Command, said that the admiral who oversees all of the service's barracks and buildings has a commitment from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Lisa Franchetti to fully fund the Navy's unaccompanied housing and morale, welfare and recreation, or MWR, gym sustainment budget by this October.
“We are working toward determining allocation for the additional funds in order to close the gap to achieve 100% sustainment … with a focus on the areas that will have the greatest impact for sailors” Sibert said.
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Both Sibert and another Navy official described the move as “huge.”
“One hundred percent funding for housing and gyms. … We've never done that before,” the official added.
“We have eight different [military construction] projects that we're working on,” Leslie Gould, a top civilian official at the Navy command, which oversees its bases and buildings, told Military.com in an interview.
Those projects, according to Navy figures, are going to cost $969 million through 2029.
The service says it is also going to spend an additional $718 million on other barracks improvements. Gould…