Michael Reheuser, Director of Installation Services, Department of the Army G-9, visited Fort Jackson Feb. 23, 2022, to see how the installation handles family housing, soldier housing, and service vehicles emergency.
“So I like to go out and learn from the different leaders at the facility what the issues are to make sure we understand them better,” Reheuser said. “I found that you learn a lot more from showing up at the facility than from sitting at the Pentagon reading about it.”
Reheuser received briefings from the U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Patrick R. Michaelis, Garrison Commander Col. Ryan Hanson, Balfour Beatty Family Homes and Emergency Services Branch and Public Works Branch personnel before touring their areas of responsibility.
“We visit accommodations for NCOs and junior officers. I went to the fire station to learn more about what we call the fire truck life extension program to see how effective it is and talked about the environmental issues,” a- he declared.
He inspected a married quarters complex that was badly hit by moisture damage commonly found in the South region to understand why the complex is due for demolition in the near future.
“We brief senior military leaders and we want to make sure we brief them accurately on the conditions on the bases,” he said. “The more accurate information we are able to provide them, the more informed their decision is and the better they can advocate with Congress for the funds needed for the facilities.”
He also spoke to staff in the facility’s environmental division about the harmful chemicals that can be the by-product of military munitions and specifically per- and polyfluiralkyl substances, more commonly known as PFAS. These long-lasting chemicals break down slowly, and prolonged exposure in large amounts can pose health risks.
While PFAS is found in water, air, fish and soil across the country and the world, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, the facility has tested low for these chemicals.
“We identify issues and raise them,” Reheuser said. “Then we go through the funding process. The quality of life of soldiers, their families and civilians is absolutely improved.
Reheuser returned to Washington, D.C., the next day to report his discovery and progress on several projects to senior Army leadership.
“I’ve never been here before, and the people have been friendly and easy to work with,” he said. “They really helped me understand the issues here at Fort Jackson.”
|Date posted:||03.02.2022 13:46|
|Location:||FORT JACKSON, South Carolina, USA|
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