In the wake of the discovery of mold in more than 1,000 dormitory rooms at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, dorm inspections are being planned at Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field.
Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field will inspect their dormitories for signs of mold, according to public information officials.
The inspections come in the wake of massive mold problems in dormitories at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Photos of mold in dorms at Lackland surfaced on social media some days ago, and a subsequent inspection found mold in more than 1,100 rooms at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, according to the San Antonio Express-News. Hundreds of Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland personnel have been moved into hotels, according to the Associated Press.
As the Air Force deals with mold issues at Lackland, the service has called for inspections in dormitories elsewhere.
Eglin is on a list of installations to be inspected, and is looking at how to address that inspection, according to Mike Spaits of the base's public affairs office. Spaits said base commanders and first sergeants already are required to do monthly walk-throughs of Eglin's dormitories.
Also according to Spaits, Eglin dorm residents have been able to download a cellphone app to report mold. "(I)f they have mold issues, all they have to do is take a picture of it and upload it to the app and a work order is automatically generated to resolve the issue," Spaits said.
Conditions at Lackland also are prompting inspections at Hurlburt, according to 1st Lt. Steven Bodovinitz, officer in charge of media relations for the 1st Special Operations Wing. As at Eglin, Hurlburt dormitories are inspected on a monthly basis, he said.
"Currently, we have no reason to believe that there are life, health, or safety issues in our dormitories," Bodovinitz said in an email.
"However," Bodovinitz continued, "due to the recent concerns elsewhere in the Air Force, a cross-functional team of experts will be proactively inspecting 100% of our dorms over the next several weeks. This will enable us to not only identify any potential mold issues, but also any other deficiencies that may impact the quality of life of our Airmen."
Additionally, designated dorm leaders are receiving special training "pertaining to both facility repairs and lifestyle practices ... ," according to Bodovinitz.
"We are fully engaged to identify and correct any and all concerns that impact the life, health, and safety of our Airmen," Bodovinitz wrote in the email.