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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Security Breach Prompts Change in Policy for Privatized Military Housing

  • July 20, 2011
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The federal trial of a civilian defense contractor accused of lying to obtain an apartment at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., revealed Tuesday that the incident prompted a nationwide policy change affecting privatized military housing.

In 2010, the housing coordinator at MacDill leased an apartment to the individual, who claimed he was an active duty reservist, even though he could not produce his orders, reported the St. Petersburg Times. He told officials he was an aide to the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command and that his orders were top secret.

Following an arrest for driving under the influence, law enforcement officials found 10 guns and 9,000 rounds of ammunition in the apartment of the defendant, a member of the Army Reserve not on active duty.

Housing officials now are no longer allowed to lease base housing without receiving all required documentation from tenants, according to the story.

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