Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Ft. Sam Houston on the Skids

The Black Hole of Iraq sucking dry Ft. Sam Houston (from the San Antonio Express-News)

Fort Sam has wrestled with financial woes that have dogged 179 posts worldwide. The garrison, which provides services to more than 70 tenant commands, is facing a $26 million budget shortfall this year. It's fired 100 contract workers, frozen hiring, shut off cell phones and BlackBerry devices, turned in leased cars and stopped troops from using government credit cards.

The Fort is four months behind in paying its $1.4 million/month utiliity bill for power and water; cuts are expected.


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