Rusty Dennen covers military affairs and the environment for The Free Lance-Star. .
Sequester-related cuts hit Dahlgren services
Custodial services, grounds maintenance, trash service, energy use, recreation and operating hours for some activities are among items being cut back at the Dahlgren Navy base in King George County. That’s according to Gary Wagner, spokesman for the Naval Support Activity South Potomac, the host command for the Naval Support Facility Dahlgren. NSASP’s utilities and building and property maintenance functions are provided through the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in Washington, according to a press release. Similar reductions are planned at Dahlgren’s sister base in Indian Head, Md.
For example, “Custodial will see reductions in restroom-cleaning frequency, elimination of desk-side trash pickup” and less floor cleaning. Grass won’t be cut as often, irrigation will be cut back. Heat in buildings will be earlier than normal this year, and themostats will be set at 80 degrees for cooling systems.
“At this time, we do not see an elimination of services, but rather a reduction,” says Capt. Peter Nette, NSASP’s commanding officer. “We will do everything feasible, though not necessarily popular, to minimize impacts to our ability to provide for the overall support to include safey and security of our bases’ workforce and residents.”