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Posted: September 7, 2018 8:29 a.m.
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Fort Stewart hosts Housing the Force conference

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Command Sgt. Maj. Rebecca Myers, Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield command sergeant major, leads a tour of barracks rooms on post for 2018 Housing the Force conference attendees, held Aug. 27-30.

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The 2018 Housing the Force conference was hosted by U.S. Army Garrison Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, Aug. 27 to Aug. 30 at Fort Stewart, Georgia. 

The annual conference allows senior leadership and representatives of U.S. Army Installation Management Command to discuss ways of improving the housing needs of service members and their Families.  

Approximately 330 housing officials from across the Department of Defense and privatized housing at military installations worldwide were in attendance to share best practices, learn new policies, and engage with peers and counterparts from other installations.

Personnel from the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management Army Housing Division, Residential Communities Initiative, and Privatized Army Lodging were also in attendance. 

During the conference, general sessions were held to discuss major topics, to include fiscal changes and policy. 

This year’s theme was “100 Years of Excellence, A Legacy of Service,” said Chris Curry, Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield housing chief. 

“Chris Curry and his amazing team, have been working for a full year to bring this event to you,” said Connie Glenn, IMCOM housing division chief. “They worked very, very closely with colleagues far and wide to host an event that will help you take care of the Soldiers, Civilians, and Families we work for and cherish.”

Maj. Gen. Lee Quintas, commanding general for 3rd ID and Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, said he has been in the Army for 32 years and been a consumer of housing throughout the 21 different moves he and his Family have made. 

“We’ve seen the whole gamut of housing, and now as a senior commander, I am responsible for that,” Quintas said. 

“If there is a home for my Family and me, it is Fort Stewart,” Quintas said. “We are very proud of this place."

Quintas has served in the Marne Division three separate times and has spent most of his Army career in Fort Stewart. He said there are three categories of Army housing: historical housing, housing built in the 1970's and new 21st-century housing. 

“My primary concern is this discrepancy between the housing built in the 1970s and the housing built this century,” Quintas said. 

The discrepancies are in the square footage of housing; the condition of the quarters; and in the heating and cooling accommodations, he said. 

 “The bottom line is that 3rd ID Soldiers are proud of their service," Quintas said. “We want them to be equally proud of the housing that they live in.”

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