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Continued: Military perks come under congressional scrutiny

  • Article by: DAVID S. CLOUD , Tribune Washington Bureau
  • Last update: July 21, 2013 - 8:53 PM

At Fort Myer, on a bluff in Virginia overlooking Washington, a row of stately red brick Victorians is reserved for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the chiefs of staff of the Army and Air Force and other senior officers.

The sequester has forced cancellation of Tuesday swim lessons at the Fort Myer Officers Club pool, and other base facilities have been closed one day a week. But otherwise the budget cuts have not pinched much yet, base spokeswoman Mary Ann Hodges said.

“We’re a different kind of installation, more ceremonial,” she said.

The Pentagon study — which cost taxpayers $320,000 — examined 32 homes. It deemed 10 to be the “most advantageous alternative” to other available housing, and described 14 others as “reasonable” choices, though it said the services were evaluating options to further cut costs of the 14.

The Pentagon is “making progress toward reducing” senior officer housing costs, the study concluded.

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