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NSA Bethesda Addresses Sailors’ Concerns with Barracks

06 February 2022

From Naval District Washington, Public Affairs

Bethesda, MD – Leadership at Naval Support Activity Bethesda are relocating more than 350 service members from barracks to temporary lodging while maintenance issues are addressed in their current barracks.

After listening to service members during recent town halls express concerns about their unaccompanied housing units, such as insufficient hot water during showers, the base triad is moving personnel to various accommodations while repairs are made to Bldg. 60 Comfort Hall.

“We take the quality of life and basic needs of our personnel very seriously,” said Capt. Scott Switzer, commanding officer of NSA Bethesda. “Service members living in our unaccompanied housing have the right to expect a quality of life that includes basic comforts, and we are going to do everything we can to ensure they do.”

The Navy has made repairs and maintenance upkeeps since the Comfort Hall was built in 1981, but a significant renovation project is needed to fix the hot water issue. The project was  approved last year, and production work began in mid-December.

In addition, base leadership is also working with Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) and industry partners in addressing resident concerns to ensure Sailors living aboard NSA Bethesda have safe and comfortable quarters.

 “These repairs will not be done overnight. It will take some time to do this right, but we will get there,” Switzer said. “Moving our effected population to suitable quarters will allow us to accelerate the repair process while ensuring our Sailors and Soldiers have adequate living conditions. In the meantime, we will continue to work with our tenant commands and ensure we take care of our service members.”

Residents of unaccompanied housing are encouraged to continue to submit trouble tickets and follow-up if there appears to be a delay. Residents are also reminded to speak to their chain of command if issues with their homes are not addressed.

“If Sailors feel that repairs to their barracks are not being made in a timely manner, raise it and let us know,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kenneth Tate, the base’s executive officer. “It is our responsibility to make sure those repairs are made and updates on repairs are communicated.”

Repairs to the hot water system of Bldg. 64 Sanctuary Hall are expected to be completed in a few weeks. New parts for the temperature control valve have been ordered.

More information will be provided to all residents as it becomes available


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