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$1.8 million home for Space Force’s most enlisted leader included in 2023 budget request

The Department of the Air Force’s 2023 budget proposal includes a request to build a $1.8 million home at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland to house the Space Force enlisted leader.

The request for a brand new 3,500 square foot home for the Space Force chief master sergeant is hidden in the more than $230 million requested to repair and improve privatized base housing for families.

“A house that meets or exceeds the housing standards for the referenced rank/position is not available, and it is not a viable option to retrofit an existing house in the base inventory to house the chief,” budget documents justifying the project that were filed last week, said.

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Roger Towberman currently holds the position for which the house would be built; he took office in April 2020. As the leader of the new military branch, he is responsible for rallying the ranks, boosting morale, and helping to implement and shape policies among the most 8,000 Space Force Guardians.

Towberman would be the first resident of the new home in Andrews, but there is no expected completion date for the project. For now, he lives in existing military housing in Andrews, according to Air Force spokeswoman Capt. Annabel G. Monroe.

“This home will be the designated home of the current and future Space Force Chief Master Sergeant,” Monroe said in an email.

It is common for senior military leaders of the services to have homes on military bases.

The home of Chief of Space Operations, General John Raymond, is at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, DC, and is called “Space House,” according to Pentagon photos of the residence.

Space House, the residence of Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. Raymond, is seen prior to a holiday event on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, DC, Dec. 12, 2020. (US Air Force photo by Eric Dietrich)

The proposed $1.8 million residence at Andrews is just one of many projects mentioned in the Department of the Air Force’s $230 million construction improvement budget, which also aims to improve some of the more than 50,000 Air Force houses at 63 military installations run by privatized housing corporations. .

Military housing has come under scrutiny since 2018, when Reuters revealed examples of lead-based paint, widespread mold and shoddy workmanship in basic homes run by private companies.

Under the 2023 proposal, privatized military housing would be upgraded at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware; Scott Air Force Base, Illinois; Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma; Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.; Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas; and Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.

While the department has made no request for funds to build new housing on Air Force bases, it has requested $68 million to build a new three-story dormitory to house 84 Guardians at Clear Space. Force Station in Denali, Alaska — which the department considers “one of the most strategically important facilities in the United States,” according to budget documents.

For Airmen and Custodians who choose to live off base, Budget 2023 proposes a 4.3% increase in the Basic Shelter Allowance, a 3.4% jump in the Basic Living Allowance intended to offset the cost of groceries and a 4.6% wage increase. in response to a hurt economy and rising inflation caused by the pandemic and Russia’s war in Ukraine.

— Thomas Novelly can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @TomNovelly.

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