Moody Air Force Base has many reasons to celebrate. The BRAC realignment appears to be proceeding smoothly, the new headquarters building named for Moody’s champion Parker Greene was dedicated Friday, and the base is a finalist for the CBAT mission.

But outside the base gates, the Air Force has allowed the once highly touted privatized housing project to languish. More than 6 months after the dedication of the houses and the near immediate padlocking of the gates, the overgrown weeds cannot disguise the shameful manner in which area contractors have been treated by the government.

Moody officials are unable to intervene, and it’s up to the Pentagon’s contracting office to resolve. In the meantime, local contractors have been advised to stop speaking out about their treatment, lack of payment, and in many cases, the equipment and materials left behind on the site that they have been unable to retrieve.

Where are our Senators and Congressmen? Why has no one been able to get this project, which was to be a model for other military communities, back on track? Why haven’t contractors been paid? Why are the gates still padlocked, with completed houses sitting empty?

Someone needs to step forward, resolve the issues, pay the local contractors, and then either abandon the project entirely or fast track it. But continuing to let it sit in this blighted state is an insult to the military members who were counting on these homes, and to the community that has always been so supportive of the military and Moody.

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